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Coonawarra vineyard views, South Australia

Coonawarra vineyard views, South Australia [©Coonawarra Vignerons]

Terra rossa soil over limestone produces high quality fruit in Coonawarra
Coriole Winery at McLaren Vale on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia
Barossa Valley, South Australia
Al fresco dining at d'Arenberg Vineyard and Winery, McLaren Vale, South Australia

This is the second in our series of Visit Vineyards subscriber tips on where to go in wine regions, this time focussing on the vinous delights of South Australia.


Adelaide Hills

In the Adelaide Hills, Hahndorf Hill Winery is superb. A beautiful boutique winery
           Jenny T, of Rosewater, SA

The Adelaide Hills have an amazing selection of whites: Nepenthe, Shaw & Smith, Bird in Hand (sparkling pinot there is a must.)

Here's a  day tour of recommended cellar doors, cheese and smallgoods in the Adelaide Hills »

And more things to do if you (or your partner) ever get tired of wine »


The Barossa Valley

I visited the Barossa in November 2012 and did a lot of research. Some smaller places are not well represented and would benefit from more support (eg Ballycroft Vineyard and Cellars). The big guys have plenty to spend on marketing and promotions. Vineyards promoted should have been producing for a few years and have a cellar door or proof of appointment success.

It would be good to to have a list of places close together if you were visiting an area within the Barossa (or McLaren Vale for example).

Accomodation was expensive (excessively) for an ordinary Joe and I suspect puts a visit out of the reach of most. I don't know how you fix this as it seems the same wherever you go.

Barossa best reds: Sieber Wines on Sieber Road (shiraz);  TscharkeRockfords (rose); Charles Melton Wines.

Don't miss Gibson's Wines ... always welcoming, very knowledgable and generally enthusiastic and lots of fun
           Scott M, of Woodcroft, SA

If you really love port, then I recommend a trip to the Barossa Valley Kies Family Wines for their 'Little Bugga' (aptly named  port) or to Keislers [ed: Kaesler?]  for their chocolate-laced port.... Time to find a chauffeur for the weekend soon! 
           Cath V, of Brooklyn Park, SA

Barossa House is a great B&B to stay at. The owners, Judy and Lee are very knowledgable, great company and good hosts.  They also take tours and can arrange airport transfers.

Eat at 1918 Bistro in the Barossa Valley ... fabulous food, great service
           Scott M, of Woodcroft, SA


Clare Valley

The Clare Country Club is a really pleasant place for a 3 night stay and explore; even longer would be better!
           Phillip H, of Kew, Vic

Along with Margaret River, the Clare Valley and McLaren Vale are regions that I have visited and enjoy the most.
          Michael L, of Nedlands, WA

The Clare region is great for rieslings and reds.



Check out Sue Bell's venture as a solo winemaker called Bellwether. Tasted Sue's 2011 Tassie CHD the other day and was blown away.
     Charles M, of MALENY, Qld

Make sure you visit Bowen Estate

Must do. Visit cellar door at Katnook in Coonawarra SA and try their Founders Block sparkling Shiraz... Totally tantalising your taste buds with berries and a slight hint of spice with every sip. Along with a brilliant price of AU$24  (cheaper if you register for free membership).
     Cath V, of Brooklyn Park, SA


Fleurieu Peninsula

Another must do is locate a hidden little family owned/operated winery in Normanville SA called Trafford Hill. They make the most amazing Tokay fortified white wine. This really is classified as liquid gold with every sip kissing the depths of your soul. Limited stock available at Cellar Door only I'm afraid for around $20 a bottle. Lucky I live close by... I have never experienced anything close to this little rare gem.
     Cath V, of Brooklyn Park, SA


McLaren Vale

Mclaren Reds: Chapel Hill, Coriole! SA produces such a diverse and some of the best wines I have ever tasted! :)

McLaren Vale, include Deep Creek Wines (boutique and talk to the owner/wine maker--a terrific discovery on our last visit to the area) and old faithful, D'Arenberg.

Hugh Hamilton winery in McLaren Vale is a must visit. It's a superbly located winery, with unsurpassable views, and great cellar door staff.
      Jenny T, of Rosewater, SA


Victoria to South Australia

Great trip is Melourne to Mclaren Vale area (accommodate at Goolwa if you can manage which gives easy access to Limestone Coast and Mclaren Vale cellar doors) and return vis Narracorte and Coonawarra areas.

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