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A Guide To The Wine Regions Around Adelaide

By Budget Motels on 26 March 2015

Often referred to as the wine capital of Australia, you would be remiss in visiting Adelaide and not stopping to sample a drop or two. There are plenty of wine regions in the area for you to explore, whether you want to stay relatively close to the city or are interested in travelling a little further afield. We have outlined some of the best regions in the area to help you choose where to go.

Adelaide Hills

This region is perfect for a day trip, as it’s only half an hours drive from the CBD. The area’s cool climate and good rainfall produce delicious chardonnay, pinot noir, riesling and sauvignon blanc. Some of the more popular wineries include Sinclair’s Gully (the only eco certified one in the region), Nepenthe, and Longview (which offers spectacular views).

Barossa Valley

This is probably one our most famous regions and is home to many household names, including Rockford, Peter Lehmann and Grant Burge. Located around an hours drive from the CBD there are over 150 wineries and 80 cellar doors for you to explore. If you have the time, pop into the Langmeil Winery, which is one of the oldest in Australia.

Clare Valley

This region is a little bit further away, at around 2 hours drive from the CBD, but it offers over 40 pretty boutique wineries. Jim Barry Wines is definitely worth a visit – their wines are available in over 25 countries around the world and they have 10 locations! Other wineries of note include Paulett Wines, Annie’s Lane and Knappstein.

Kangaroo Island

This region is on the cusp of being a little too far for a day trip (at around 3 hours and 45 minutes), but you also get to enjoy a lovely ferry ride and meet the local wildlife. It’s one of the newest wine regions around Adelaide but is already known for producing some delicious rosé, riesling, sparkling rosé, sauvignon blanc and cabernet.

Fleurieu Peninsula

This is actually the name given to a group of regions – McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek, Currency Creek and Southern Fleurieu. It will take you around an hour and a half to reach the Peninsula from the CBD. Some of the more popular wineries in the area include Parri Estate, Ballast Stone Estate, Cleggett Wines and Penny’s Hill.

The next time you travel to Adelaide, we hope that you will take some time to visit some of the gorgeous wineries in the local area. Most of the regions we have outlined here are close enough for a day trip, leaving you plenty of time to stop in for a tasting and a cheeky lunch. And don’t forget to pick up a bottle or two of your favourite drop to take home with you!