South Australia is famous for its vineyards which produce over 70%
of all Australia’s exported wine. As with any celebrated viticultural region, South Australia has become a place of pilgrimage for people who love
wine. Wine connoisseurs who travel to the State will therefore not be disappointed visiting
this ‘wine capital of Australia’, home to 17 wine regions and over 300 cellar
doors. Here’s a sampling of the different types of experiences that can
If you are planning your visit to Adelaide early March, make a trip to the Adelaide Hills to experience all the activities during
Crush, an exciting one-day event designed to showcase the best of Adelaide Hills wine and food. Sip your way around the region and
savour the region’s benchmark Sauvignon Blanc, crisp sparkling wine, exciting and complex Chardonnay and sensual Pinot noir. Not to
mention enticing examples of Riesling, Pinot Gris, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Adelaide Hills is home to a wonderful array of unique
artisan food producers.
Retreat: Stay at Peppers The Louise, a luxury vineyard retreat on a
gentle hill surrounded by hundreds of acres of vines overlooking the world renowned Barossa region. Its acclaimed onsite restaurant
Appellation offers seasonal cuisine for casual elegant dining under the guidance of Executive Chef Mark McNamara. Appellation's extensive
wine list presents the best of the Barossa, the rest of Australia and iconic wines of the world. An hour from Adelaide, Peppers The Louise
also offers guests the ultimate experiences combining a Penfolds Make Your Own Blend Tour and a Tasting Menu at Appellation with the
unique twist of having the chef create a dish to match the wine the guest has blended at
On the Riverland Wine and Food Trail you are encouraged to try wines made from classic and 'new' wine grape
varieties. You will also be presented with an array of distinctive flavours from traditional crops to
gourmet delights and native produce. Be sure to stop at the many roadside produce stalls, factory outlets or experience the best of the
seasonal produce at the Riverland farmers markets.
Experience a day of stylish Barossa touring in a rare, fully air-conditioned, classic 1962 Majestic Major Daimler with wine
specialist John Baldwin. The Barossa Daimler Tour offers guests the chance to taste 26 premium wines including the 100 year old Para
Liqueur Tawny port, renowned as one of the world’s finest dessert wines.
Learn the wine making secrets of the Jesuit Monks at Clare Valley’s oldest winery, Sevenhill Cellars. The Jesuits
migrated to Australia from Austria in 1848 seeking a life free from religious and political persecution. They established Sevenhill Cellars in
1851, the oldest existing winery in the Clare Valley.
No visit to the McLaren Vale region is complete without a visit to d'Arenberg Winery. Established by the Osborn family in
1928, d’Arenberg was lauded the title ‘Winery of the Year’ (2007) for the Southern Hemisphere by the Critic’s Challenge International Wine
Competition held in the United States. It has a full range of wines available for tasting in a fully restored nineteenth century homestead set
amidst vineyards and natural bushland with scenic views. Visitors can also dine at d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant where lunch is served
every day as well as on public holidays. Bookings are essential.
To make the most of one’s time during your wine pilgrimage, visitors are encouraged to buy a Cellar Door Pass as it offers
premium wine tastings and tours. The Cellar Door Pass comes with a directory containing information on wineries, restaurants and special
offers, free 6 bottles of wine redeemable at the 52 participating wineries, a wine discovery CD containing commentaries from leading
winemakers with inside facts and tips to help create a memorable food and wine experience.
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