South Australian Tourism

Must Visits in South Australian Wine Country, Australia

Adelaide is surrounded by gorgeous wine country, each with its own distinct landscape, soil and climate, ideal for growing a good variety of grapes. Within an hour’s reach of the capital, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Barossa, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale can all be found. We did our best with limited time to lush our way around the region, and with some expert advice from local industry players and wine lovers, we discovered some gems we’d never have found on our own. Here we share them with you in our personal Yum List of the best of wine country, South Australia:
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Wine Country South Australia – Bubbly at Coriole
Must Stay – Barossa
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Lucy’s House
It doesn’t get much better than this. Catering to one couple only at a time, this beautiful bed and breakfast, Lucy’s House, benefits from pristine air, stunning vineyard views, country hospitality and a little piece of history, all right in the heart of one of Australia’s most premium wine growing regions, the Barossa Valley. Read about our full experience here.


Stunning surrounds, superbly fresh and innovative cuisine made from near 100% local produce, excellent service and a wine list that must be seen to be believed are all found at this world-class restaurant, Appellation. Sample the best of the Barossa in one beautiful location. Food and wine by themselves are outstanding. Put together in exceptional pairings that start first with the wine, then create fine cuisine to complement, mirror or contrast each drop perfectly, and we’re on Cloud Nine.
Read more about this award-winning restaurant here.

Apex Bakery

Apex Bakery

‘Old School’ rules at this bakery. Claimed to use the oldest continuously running wood-fired oven in Australia, everything here is kept to tradition – including the recipes with some of them dating back to the 1800s. Check out our recommendations and grab a peek behind the scenes via this link.

Maggie Beer Farm Shop

Maggie Beer Farm Shop
Maggie Beer is an icon in Australia. From the time I was young I remember seeing her on TV and her recipes featured in magazines. A “good country gal” is what my mum would say, when tearing out her latest recipe from the Australian Woman’s Weekly, “with good taste.” Maggie Beer Products have grown to achieve such a gargantuan status across Australia that a large commercial kitchen (a few kilometres away) produces these for distribution countrywide. Visitors to the Maggie Beer Farmhouse Shop however are rewarded with some items that are made in small seasonal batches and only available directly from the Farm Shop or online.
Visitors are encouraged to explore the shop and taste the products – and just about everything for sale is available for sampling first. You’d think they might go under being so generous in the tastings, but firm belief in the quality of the goods clearly pays off, as we didn’t see anyone leaving the store empty handed.

Kiels Fine Food and Coffee

Kiels Fine Food and Coffee
This little café is the local go-to place for coffee. They come for well-made coffee, friendly staff and good food.

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Barossa Cheese 

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Soft white cheeses are made locally here, so that’s what you should try.
Barossa Cheese
67B Murray St Angaston
South Australia
+61 (0)8 8564 3636


The Table Café

The Table Café
A good spot for lunch when exploring the Whispering Wall and rose gardens of Chateuax Barossa. We liked their Wraps, homemade Fritatta and strong coffee.

Lyndoch Lavender Farm and Cafe

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On the Road to the Lavender Farm
Lyndoch Lavender Farm and Cafe
The Lavender Farm is worth a visit for their fluffy light lavender scones. The journey on the dirt road up the hill to reach the farm is rather scenic too.

Gully Gardens

Fruit picked from surrounding orchards is dried naturally with no added sugar. It’s delicious, local and a healthy treat. We tried the pears, but hear it’s all extraordinary.

Gully Gardens
175 Gawler Park Road Angaston,
5353 South Australia
+61 (0)8 8564 2606

Must Eats – McLaren Vale, Hahndorf

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This stunning vineyard property is less than an hour from Adelaide. Alongside breathtaking views, delicious wines and an inspiring kitchen churning out an assortment of tantalizing dishes made from 100% local produce put Coriole high on our Yum List. The Beetroot Salad and Duck Liver Parfait are ‘must eats’ and it’s hard to resist some locally made cheeses, olive oil and verjuice as take home treats too. As far as toothsome drops go, we’re rather fond of ‘The Optimist’ Reserve Chenin Blanc from 2010, and the 2010 Estate Shiraz. Read about our exquisite journey here.

Kitchen 2C

Kitchen 2C – Hahndorf
Hahndorf is unapologetically touristic, filled with loads of great German themed restaurants and bars. We were happy to find this cheery café on the main strip however that offers a healthy and delicious menu in a rustic setting. Decked out with upcycled furniture and potted plants, it’s a refreshing change from the traditional stone environments recreated from the past. The menu mimics the décor’s rusticity by focusing on superbly fresh high quality local produce put together simply celebrating the flavours of each ingredient. We tried soups, salads and coffees and found them all faultless.

Southern Crema

Hahndorf coffee
Southern Crema

Southern Crema is our choice for coffee in Hahndorf. Chris and Helen Barton, own a small shop on the main strip, roasting their own beans and onsite baristing too. Blends and single origins change regularly so you’re always in for a treat.

Southern Crema
76 Main Street
Hahndorf, 5245
South Australia
+61 (0)4 3794 1179
[email protected]


Must Drinks – Barossa
Cirillo Wines – 1850 Grenache

1850 Grenache
The must buy here is the 10 year old 1850 Grenache elegantly produced from the oldest Grenache vines in the world! That’s right, these vines possibly came out with James Busby on the First Fleet according to the 9th generation wine maker and owner of the crop, Marco Cirillo. Origins confirmed or not, we believe it’s something special that the oldest surviving vines are right here in South Australia, and think they make a mighty fine drop too. With strong character likened to that of gamey meat and blue cheese, we taste leather, earth, ripe fruit and delight in the long dry ending. It’s a beauty for slow sipping and deep conversation, so gather some friends and invest in a case.
Cirillo Wines
17 Nurait Rd Nuriootpa,
5355 South Australia
+61 (0) 408 803 447

* Tastings are only available with advanced bookings.

The Willows – Bonesetter Shiraz

Bonesetter Shiraz

The Willows and its winemaker, Peter Scholz are laden with numerous prizes and acclaim. Whites seem to be unstoppable in their award-attracting goodness, but our personal favourite is a red, the Bonesetter Shiraz. Named as a salute to family history (a long line of medical practitioners and a hospital on site), the Bonesetter hails from a single block of vineyard planted in 1969. Aged in French oak, it’s full of depth and produces a dusty, savoury tannin background that makes us want to keep chewing our cheeks to savour the flavours as long as possible.

Murray St. Vineyards – Gomersal Shiraz 2005

MSV Gomersal Shiraz 2005
Heritage Wines – Rossco’s Shiraz
Rossco’s Shiraz
Rossco’s Shiraz is our pick here, but we’ve also taken fancy to some of winemaker, Steve Hoff’s fortified styles too.

Must Drinks – McLaren Vale, Hahndorf

Samuel’s Gorge – Shiraz

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Samuel’s Gorge Shiraz

Samuel’s Gorge not only features some of the most luscious reds we sampled on this trip, but also showcases fantastic views from its nest on the hilltop. This boutique winery is housed in historic buildings solidly constructed from stone back in the 19th Century. Antiques furnish the tasting room, and the characters who produce the wine seem to have just as much depth and as many stories behind them as the do the collector’s treasures themselves. A mighty fine tempranillo began our tasting but what we fell in love with was the Shiraz. Filling the mouth with juicy fruitiness, layers of complexity settle across the palate, and it finishes up round and smooth. Samuel’s Gorge blends are gorgeous too, so allow some time for slow sipping and delightful cogitation. Check out the winery here.

The Lane – Reginald Germein Chardonnay
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The Lane Vineyard Reginald Germein Chardonnay
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The Lane – Spectacular Property – there’s a restaurant too, so make a booking and soak up the views with a bottle of beautiful white wine

Chardonnay is the must buy here. Cool climate grapes produce such a wonderful wine that those who have snobbishly gone off chardonnay and now claim to only drink sauvignon blanc (poor you by the way there as there are so many fabulous wines out there to limit yourself to one varietal), this crisp mouth filling drop will have you wondering why you left it in the first place. Be sure to grab a bottle of The Lane Vineyard Reginald Germein Chardonnay. It’s elegantly textured with layers of citrus and stone fruit, and is a chef’s dream for buttery and salty dishes. Awesome alone, but exceptional with food, purchase a bottle or a case directly from the cellar door to also appreciate some of the loveliest views in the area.

Must Do

Make Your Own Knife at Gardner Knives

Barry Gardner
One of the neatest non-food and wine activities you can do in the Barossa is make your own knife! Using recycled metals, Barry Gardner guides students to make their own beautiful blade.

Visit the Rose Gardens of Chateaux Barossa

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Rose Gardens at Chateaux Barossa

Explore the Region’s History at Chateaux Tandunda
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Chateaux Tanunda – A pretty place to visit and marvel at the history


Marvel at the Science Behind the Whispering Wall

Whispering Wall


Explore Seppeltsfield Vineyard and the Artisan Workshops of the Jam Factory

Seppeltsfield Vineyard
The Jam Factory
Drive around and take in the incredible scenery of the region. 


Whatare your recommendations for the best drops, stays and eats in South Australia’s fabulous wine country?



  1. I had never realised what this area has to offer as a holiday destination! Both the food and sceneries look gorgeous. Thanks for this list and the one for Adelaide!

  2. Oh nooooooo!!!! Butter scones with clotted cream and fruit jam!!! I love that…a lot!!! And we can't get them here in my little town. 🙁

  3. Barossa is indeed a picturesque place to visit!

  4. Everything looks wonderful and the scenes are captivating!

  5. sensational list to guide wine-lovers in adelaide! 😀

  6. Having scones in lavendar farm sounds good!

  7. It's ALL good – but another excellent eatery is Cafe Y at Chateau Yaldara in the Barossa Valley! Luckily for me, I can visit regularly!!! And give me a good Aussie bakery anytime – the Lyndoch Bakery is another favourite!!

  8. What a wonderful, delicious trip you've had! Kitchen 2C food is mouth-watering…hope I can go there one day…

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