If long, lazy lunches spent sipping fine wines surrounded by lush rolling hills are your thing, the lovely wine regions of Clare, Mclaren Vale and the Barossa Valley are as idyllic as it comes. Welcome to South Australia's culinary hub, consisting of three wine regions that are among the best and oldest in the entire country. The key South Australian wine region is Barossa Valley, home to over 150 wineries and 80 cellar doors, all just waiting to be explored. Explore much-loved wine trails and sample the signature shiraz grapes alongside a plethora of local artisanal produce in this world class gourmet destination.
With some of our favourite wineries also offering 'make your own' experiences, and the area hosting several dedicated cycling and walking tracks, there is plenty to get stuck into here.
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Less well known but no less lovely, the Mclaren Vale region has recently upped its game with a wave of new winery openings. One prime example is the fantastic D'Arenberg Cube – which pares an iconic contemporary structure and interactive guest experience with a family legacy of winemaking. Just 40 minutes south of Adelaide, this really is one not to miss.
Last but by no means least on our tour of South Australian wineries is Clare, the birthplace of Australian riesling and home to over 40 wineries, some of which date back to the 1850s. Clare is a historic wine region with a legacy to match. Mix things up a little here and swap the usual wine tours for a cycling adventure as you travel from winery to winery along the Riesling or Rattler Trails. If you're looking for non-wine related activities, the giant Mintaro Maze or the 50,000 year old giant wombat fossil at the Red Banks Conservation Park are also great options.