Adelaide, South Australia
Adelaide is surrounded by over 200 cellar doors and is easily the wine capital of Australia. Adelaide’s three main wine regions – the Barossa, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale – are where a multitude of wine varieties are born. The various wine styles from Adelaide reflect the diversity of cellar doors, from the traditional and rustic to the modern and architectural. Complete your wine journey with fresh regional food from farmers’ markets and fine dining restaurants found right across Adelaide’s wine growing regions.
Most wine adventures in South Australia begin in Adelaide. A capital city with a twist, Adelaide’s relaxed and friendly locals match the city’s open and expansive boulevards and parks. When in Adelaide, start the day with fresh produce at the Adelaide Central Market, visit the Giant Pandas at Adelaide Zoo and end the day at the cultural boulevard of North Terrace. The wine lover will like a trip to the National Wine Centre, but they will love a visit to the Penfolds Magill Estate – the birthplace of the cult wine Penfolds Grange.
Less than two hours' drive north of Adelaide is the famous Barossa, where you will find some of Australia’s most well known and loved wineries including Penfolds, Wolf Blass, Peter Lehmann and Henschke. Home to the oldest Shiraz vines in the world, it is no surprise that Shiraz is the most popular style of wine from the Barossa. If you prefer other wine varieties like Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon or Riesling, you’ll find these growing in the Barossa as well. Pair your favourite wine with the delicious European-influenced food found across the Barossa for a complete wine experience.
The Adelaide Hills are a short drive east of Adelaide past picturesque pastures and quaint towns. While the Adelaide Hills are a younger wine growing area, wineries such as Shaw and Smith, Nepenthe and The Lane have all gained international acclaim for their wines. The cooler climate of the Adelaide Hills is perfect for the region’s popular wine styles – Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir. The wine lover will no doubt appreciate the less common wine styles such as Nebbiolo and Tempranillo that are also grown in the Adelaide Hills.
McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Peninsula
South of Adelaide is McLaren Vale located in the Fleurieu Peninsula. While McLaren Vale is the most well known wine town in the Fleurieu Peninsula, don’t skip an opportunity to visit Langhorne Creek or Currency Creek, where you can find some great wines as well. Enjoy the Fleurieu Peninsula’s characteristically sweet and fruity wines overlooking the panoramic McLaren Vale and revel in the creativity of the local community.
Travel beyond Adelaide
While fantastic, there are more wine regions in South Australia beyond the Barossa, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale. Travel a little further away from Adelaide and there are more wine adventures to be had at the cellar doors in Clare Valley, southern Flinders Ranges, Limestone Coast and the Eyre Peninsula.
Before you embark on your Adelaide wine adventure, use Webjet's handy guide to Adelaide Airport. Get to know Adelaide Airport's ins and outs including its terminals, car hire and airport hotel accommodation.
Getting to, from and around Adelaide
While the drive from Melbourne to Adelaide along the Great Ocean Road is stunning and a must-do for any visitor to Australia, catching a flight to Adelaide from any major Australian city is easy:
Planning your own self-drive itinerary when in South Australia? Book a fantastic Adelaide car hire option and see Adelaide city and its stunning surroundings at your own pace.
Staying in Adelaide
Accommodation in Adelaide is suitably diverse for the many different travellers who visit each year. Personalise your stay in Adelaide and choose from stays in international hotel chains, kitschy bed and breakfasts and super cheap youth hotels.