Adelaide for a Drop
Some of us go for the pristine beaches, others go for the food, but quite a few visit Adelaide because it happens to be central to some of the best wine regions Australia has to offer.
No matter which point of the compass you choose to travel along when heading out of Adelaide you will eventually arrive at premium grape growing country. Each area has its own claim to fame for producing harvest after harvest of the plump, juicy grapes responsible for many world-famous vintages.
Wine lovers stopping over in Adelaide are always in for a treat, as they can take their pick of day tours and enjoy a stay filled with cellar doors and great tasting wines. From your first taste, you’ll soon understand why product from South Australian wineries is so highly sought after.
Travel north-east from Adelaide, and you will eventually arrive at what is perhaps the best-known wine area local to Adelaide, the Barossa Valley. There are over 80 wineries in this corner of grape growing real estate. Hot, dry summers and cool moderate winters are perfect for yearly bumper crops of grapes that go into making highly sought-after Shiraz and Rieslings.
Travel 90 minutes north of Adelaide, and you will find yourself in Clare Valley, where a cool climate provides a perfect environment for some delightfully complex Rieslings.
Some of the more significant wineries can be found here, but it is best known for its easily accessible range of cellar doors. The cellars are so close together they are almost in each other’s backyard, making a tour of this area one of the easiest and most convenient for lovers of fine wine – especially if variety is your spice of life.
You can jump on one of the many popular day trips to the region, but it’s also highly recommended to grab a map and hire a car, as there are many hidden treasures scattered throughout the area, with quaint little restaurants and historical buildings to explore.
When you’ve had your fill of Riesling and Shiraz, it might be time to head south from Adelaide, where you will still get to savour some fine examples of Shiraz, but can also immerse your taste buds in a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon.
And make sure you dig deep while in town - you will be rewarded with many gastronomical delights, and more than a few high-quality wine cellars.
You can’t travel far in the Adelaide Hills area without running into a cellar door. At just 20 minutes’ drive from Adelaide, it’s the closest wine growing region to any capital city in the world.
January is the most exciting time to set your sights on Adelaide Hills, as this is when they hold the CRUSH festival, an annual celebration of delicious food and fine wine. You’ll get your fill of entertainment and score some great value with the many special offers made available during this time.
If the quiet life is more your style be sure to visit in June, when it’s a lot cooler and you can hunker down by a toasty fire with a sample of one of Adelaide Hills best cool-climate wines.
If you are after a drop of the best that Adelaide wine has to offer, then you should head out to the cellar doors found on the Limestone Coast.
Terra Rossa soil produces some of the fruitiest Coonawarra reds. Nature lovers who also enjoy a glass or two will love the Coonawarra Wineries Walking Trail, which is home to five wineries over a span of five kilometres. Be sure to pace yourself as you sample aromatic, dark and fruity Cabernet Sauvignons, which are some of the best in the world.
Developing wine has been a long-standing tradition in this area, with many family brands having been established for generations.
Adelaide is a beautiful city that is well worth a visit. If you also happen to be wine buff, then there’s no better place in Australia to spend a weekend - or week or two!
If your taste buds are tingling you can jump on a Jetstar flight departing from Avalon Airport on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday. For your convenience, there are easy drive, easy parking, and easy bus options. Visit https://www.avalonairport.com.au/flights/flight-bookings for more information.