South Australian Winery Tour

Wine enjoyment expert Paul Keung recently traveled to South Australia on holiday from his native Christchurch to explore in person the wine varietals which SA has been proudly producing. Take a few tips on places to see across a wide spectrum of the South Australian wine growing regions.

Adelaide Hills

Any trip to the Adelaide Hills just south of the Barossa Valley isn’t complete without visiting Shaw + Smith, Michael Hill Smith, one of the founders was the first Australian to pass the rigorous Master of Wine examination, while Martin Shaw boasts extensive international wine making experience and still consults overseas. Definitely worth a trip.

Adelaide Plains

I’d recommend a trip to Virgara wines while visiting the plains. Started by an Italian family who moved to Australia who sported a particular love of wine making, you can be sure they will give you a somewhat different experience to a traditionally Australian taste. Plus they have a somewhat cheeky fun range of wines called ‘Sneaky Fox’.

Barossa Valley

Visiting the Heritage Winery is good if you want to avoid larger vineyards and find something a little special. They practice hand pruning and actually encourage low fruit yields, enabling the ability to concentrate the varietal flavours available.

Clare Valley

Taylors wines provides something I’ve seen from very few wineries and something which I feel should be heavily praised. They are the proud holders of an ISO 14001 certification for their Environmental Management System. The wines are great but I feel we need to make greater strides in Australia to take care of our environment.


A fair distance from both Melbourne and Adelaide you won’t be disappointed if you’re coming to the region for their wineries, with a huge selection of vine yards which are very well known. I’d almost say any of the wineries here are worth a visit, and include some big names like Wynns and Yalumba etc.

Currency Creek

When looking to find a winery in Currency Creek, it was pretty easy to find the Currency Creek Winery, clever name guys. With villa style accommodation, a restaurant and a great cellar door, you can be sure you’ll be well looked after.

Eden Valley

Probably the place I’d recommend visiting here would be Fernfield Wines. Having won a medal for every wine they’ve ever made, you can be sure you’re going to taste something with real quality. What’s more, their wines are vegan friendly!

Kangaroo Island

With a four and a half star rating from James Haliday in 2013 the Sunset Winery has made a name for itself by winning a number of medals for it’s wines, food sourced from local produce and it’s amazing views.
McLaren Vale

With far too much to see and do here I decided to take a tour from someone who knows the area better than I. A luxury tour of the vale is something quite lovely to experience, and is definitely required when there are 70 different wineries in the region and many of them are top class.

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