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Experience the Wineries of South Australia in a Rental Car

Picture this: You are on the Australian countryside, standing by the cellar door looking out into the vineyard, sipping a glass of the finest wine and savouring the freshest local produce.

Enjoying wine is not just about the wine itself, but the experience. It is about the food you pair with it, the landscape, and the company.

For this reason, the wineries in South Australia are the perfect place to understand what Ernest Hemingway meant when he said, “Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world…”

So, here then, are the wineries you should include in your food and wine road trip.

Barossa Valley

couples in vineyard

It will be helpful to know the terms used to describe the wines you are tasting. In Barossa Valley, you will find Jacob’s Creek, a winery that has existed since 1847. They offer a master class in wine tasting and the craft that goes into winemaking. You can picnic in the vineyards or choose to cycle around Barossa and explore the valley.

Additionally, Barossa Valley is home to the best Shiraz in the world. A couple of days will be needed to get through the wineries here. Wineries like Grant Burge, Richmond Grove, Peter Lehmann, and Rockfords are a must visit.

McLaren Vale

D’Arenberg Cube

McLaren Vale is located in Fleurieu Peninsula just south of Adelaide. Here, you must visit D’Arenberg, a winery that was established in 1912. They also offer master classes on identifying grape varieties, swirl, and taste.

They will also allow you to blend and bottle your own wine, and enjoy an eight-course meal or a dégustation (the tasting of small portions of all of a chef’s signature dishes in one sitting).

But what attracts visitors to this vineyard is the D’Arenberg Cube, a five-storey cellar door designed to look like a Rubik’s Cube.

Other wineries you can visit include Coriole, Chapel Hill, and Wirra Wirra. Make sure to stop by the Vale Inn to try their awesome beer, the Vale Ale.

Adelaide Hills

Wine sommelier

Adelaide Hills is known for its cool climate wines like Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay.

You might want to drop by the Penfolds Magill Estate, established in 1844, one of the few urban vineyards in Australia. They are known for their Grange wine, considered to be one of the best wine varietals in Australia. You will find bluestone cellars, underground tunnels, and their award-winning restaurant.

Top wineries in Adelaide Hills include Bird in Hand, Nepenthe, Killibinbin, and Chain of Ponds. It doesn’t hurt that the rolling hills in this region are so breathtaking to look at.

The LimestoneCoast

Kangaroo in vineyard

Known for the most stunning reds, The Limestone Coast offers travellers more than 40 cellar doors, and for 120 years, ageing their wines in historic cellars.

Definitely drop by Coonawarra, a region which enjoys a 12-kilometre Terra Rossa soil strip over a limestone bed. They are known for their robust reds like the Cabernet Sauvignon, considered to be one of the best in the world.

Make sure to visit the Mount Benson region where you can find Cape Jaffa and Wangolina Station, as well as the wineries in the Wrattonbully Padthaway districts.

Don’t forget to get a car hire in Adelaide because exploring these regions will take a couple of days each, and you would not want to miss out on the best wines the vineyards have to offer.

Checkout DriveNow to learn more about car rental requirements and see which cars are perfect for a food and wine road trip. Enjoy!