Adelaide is the capital city of the state of South Australia and the gateway to our 18 distinctive, world renowned wine regions. Located between white sand beaches to the west and cool, rolling hills to the east, Adelaide boasts an eclectic small bar scene, restaurants that embrace Australia’s cultural diversity and the most vibrant food market precinct in the country.

Wine is an integral part of life in Adelaide and the city offers a diverse range of opportunities to taste it and talk about it, combined with excellent local produce and food, stunning scenery and unique wine experiences.

There are more than 200 cellar doors within an hour’s drive of Adelaide city encompassing all manner of varietals and experiences. Some cellar doors are heritage stone buildings, others are contemporary and modern. Many offer excellent dining facilities and tours.

Adelaide has 30km of white, sandy beaches along its suburban coastline and a Mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and mild winters.

History

South Australia’s wine history may be short by Old World standards, but it is incredibly rich. This prestigious place in the wine world was born of equal parts vision, planning and hard work, and it all happened quickly. Barely three years after the original Colony was founded in 1836, a German settler saw the immense potential of the area north of Adelaide, we now know as the Barossa, noting a resemblance to France’s famous Rhone Valley.

Just a handful of years later, vineyards were flourishing in the Barossa to the north, McLaren Vale to the south and the nearby Adelaide Hills (three modern South Australia’s pre-eminent wine regions) and pioneering winemakers were beginning to make their mark. It is significant that eight of the 13 oldest wine companies or continuously operating brands in Australia are South Australian.

Established between 1841 and 1853 they include household names:

The likes of Saltram and Hardys Tintara were soon to follow.

South Australia has the some of the oldest producing grape vines in the world because our industry remains phylloxera free. The state has strict biosecurity measures in place to prevent this root eating bug from taking hold in the wine regions.

Today, the industry supports not only highly regarded, established wine producers, but a large number of exciting young, innovative winemakers who embrace the use of alternative varietals and natural winemaking principles of minimal interventions and organic farming.

The 2017 Outcomes Report (PDF 2.1 MB) outlines actions and efforts invested in leveraging our membership of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network, and growing South Australia’s reputation as a world-leading wine producing region.

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