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Wine and food
The Barossa, Coonawarra, Clare Valley,
Adelaide Hills, Riverland and McLaren Vale
are the best known wine regions nationally
and internationally. There are also fast-growing
wine regions on Kangaroo Island, Eyre
Peninsula, the southern Fleurieu Peninsula,
the southern Flinders Ranges, the Limestone
Coast and in the greater Adelaide region.
The Jacob’s Creek label remains one of the
most consumed Australian wines in the
world, available in all continents and many
countries. Its home, Jacob’s Creek Visitor
Centre, is in the Barossa. See page 80.
There are many self-drive wine and food
trails through the Adelaide Hills, Barossa,
Fleurieu Peninsula, Clare Valley, Riverland
and Limestone Coast. Alternatively, there
are numerous tour operators offering day
and extended tours to the wine regions in
limousines, vintage vehicles and coaches.
See pages 61-62.
There’s no shortage of places to eat in South
Australia. The wine regions have restaurants
and vineyard cafés with imaginative local
produce menus. Seaside towns have
eateries offering the catch of the day and
across the state there are bakeries, butchers
and providores selling regional specialties
perfect for a barbecue or picnic.
For a list of suggested restaurants please
refer to the regional sections.
Adelaide boasts some of the nation’s most
diverse and affordable dining experiences.
For a casual night out and a great feed, enjoy
Adelaide’s eat streets, including Rundle
and Gouger Streets in the city; Melbourne
Street in North Adelaide; The Parade at
Norwood; or King William Road, Hyde Park.
All offer a variety of trendy cafés, pubs and
restaurants, with a vast range of cuisines.
For a special night out in Adelaide, head to
Windy Point Restaurant (see page 69), Jolley's
Boathouse or Chianti Classico. Other excellent
restaurants include Augè and Red Ochre Grill
(see page 68-69).
Head out of the city for a taste of South
Australia’s regional produce at Appellation at
The Louise and Hentley Farm (Barossa) see
page 82, Prairie Hotel (Flinders Ranges) see
page 105, Bridgewater Mill (Adelaide Hills),
and Flying Fish Café (Fleurieu Peninsula),
see page 99.
The National Wine Centre at the eastern end
of North Terrace, next to the Botanic Garden,
showcases Australia's wine industry. Its
interpretive displays depict all stages of the
winemaking process from growing to tasting
and there are plenty of opportunities to both
sample and buy wine. Free guided tours are
Penfolds Magill Estate (home of Grange,
arguably Australia’s most famous wine),
is a 15-minute drive from Adelaide’s central
business district and offers tours of its
historic buildings followed by a tutored
tasting. See page 58.
This region, best known for its premium cool
climate whites and sparkling wine, is a mere
30-minute drive from Adelaide, making it the
closest wine region to the city. There are
50 cellar doors, and the region has a wide
variety of places to dine, with a number of
quality restaurants located at the wineries.
Australia’s most famous wine region, the
Barossa, is just over one hour's drive north-
east of Adelaide. With more than 80 cellar
doors, there are plenty of wine experiences
to be enjoyed, including new wine centres
and cellar doors in original farmhouses and
cottages. The Barossa is especially famous
for Shiraz, Eden Valley Riesling, Viognier,
Rhône-style reds, Semillon and Cabernet.
Become a winemaker for the day with a
‘Make Your Own Blend Tour’ at Penfolds
(see page 80) or Blend it like Blass at the
Wolf Blass Visitor Centre (see page 80).
To appreciate the region's produce follow
the Butcher, Baker, Winemaker Trail or the
Cheese and Wine Trail.
There are more than 40 cellar doors spread
throughout the Clare Valley, with most in
Clare and the villages of Auburn, Mintaro,
Food and wine,
South Australia is known as the heart of Australia’s
wine and food, home to famous names and cult
labels, such as Penfolds Grange, Haighs and
Maggie Beer. There are more than 340 cellar
doors across 18 official wine regions, and the
state produces about half of all Australian wine
and 60% of exported wine.
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