Adelaide Wine Regions

The great thing about the Adelaide wine regions is that they are all under 2 hours drive from the city and offer different grape varieties in each region.

Each offers a uniqe experience.

The Barossa Valley

Probably the most well known of the Adelaide wine regions. It's famous for its Shiraz and stunning scenery.

Click here for more information on what to do, where to stay in the Barossa Valley

Clare Valley

This is the furthest away of the Adelaide wine regions - 2 hours from the city.

If you like cycling or fancy something a little different then I’d certainly head to the Clare Valley for the Riesling Trail. It's probably my favourite of the adelaide wine regions.

The track runs along an old railway so is easy to cycle or walk if you prefer. There are three main tracks that link up 3 towns

Auburn to Watervale 9kmWatervale to Sevenhill 9kmSevenhill to Clare 7km

This is a great way to spend a weekend but if you only have a day, I’d opt for the Auburn to Watervale section as there are some great wineries along the way. Try Mount Horrocks, O’Leary, Taylors and Grosset Wines. There is also a wine museum at Annie’s Lane at Quelltaler; and the Morella Nursery is worth a quick look.

For the more adventurous there are some harder loop tracks which are more hilly and strenuous. You would need a mountain bike rather than a road bike for these tracks e.g. the 16km Spring Gully Loop Track

Hiring bikes is easy as there are heaps of places that do. Remember you can still be charged for drink driving on a bycicle.

Accommodation ideas

If you plan to stay here, some accommodation places will also lend you a bike. Dennis Cottage B&B ($300) and Amy’s House ($190) in Auburn both will.

Stay at a winery Skillogaree Winery in Sevenhill $190 per night

Budget: Clare Caravan Park Cabins from $85

Mclaren Vale

This is the nearest of the Adelaide wine regions 45 mins) and offers a variety of wines.

There is a tourist road (route 60) that takes in lots of the wineries and scenery and is 30km long.

Many of the wineries do platters, tapas or full lunches so there is plenty to get your taste buds excited.

Wineries worth a visit include Tintara, Tatachilla, D’arenberg (great for lunch), Coriole (pretty), Chapel Hill (great views) Kangarilla Road Winery and Wirra Wirra.

If you are there on a Saturday, Wilunga farm market 8-12.30pm is a great place to view the local produce and watch the locals do their shopping.

If you’d rather enjoy a couple of drinks and not worry about the car, take a tour around the vale with a local guide who will take you to some great wineries and the market (on a Saturday) and even introduce you to some of the local wildlife ( $150 )

Accommodation ideas:

  • Bellevue B&B $200
  • Divas Bed and Breakfast $200
  • Producers B&B $220 – restaurant on site
  • Budget: Aldinga Beach Holiday Park cabins from $65

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