Indulge your senses at one (or all) of these incredible South Australian cellar doors. We’ve chosen some crackers. You can thank us later.
Tscharke Wines’ cellar door is a delightful German-style building with bags of Bavarian character. Inside, there’s wine (obviously) and Tscharke Barossa Pottery, created by Eva Tscharke (winemaker Damien’s wife). Take a squiz at the underground dining and tasting space while you’re there. 376 Seppeltsfield Road, Marananga.
With vines dating back to 1893, Kaesler Wines has a strong history in the Barossa. More than 70 percent of their reds are from vines over 50 years old. Make sure you try The Old Bastard and The Bogan. Immerse yourself in the old vines on a guided tour ($40pp) after enjoying a glass (or three) of their award-winning ranges. Open seven days. 3174 Barossa Valley Way, Nuriootpa.
A breath of fresh air, Izway Wines is an off-grid winery focused on creating natural, organically produced wines based on terroir. The new cellar door is cleverly built into the slopes of the landscape. A small tasting fee applies but is fully redeemable on purchase. 923 Seppeltsfield Road, Greenock.
Wines by KT
Located in a grand old 1860s building on Auburn’s main drag, this cellar door is only open on the last weekend of every month, long weekends and public holidays (and every weekend 2 September till Christmas). Winemaker Kerri Thompson makes a mean riesling and loves to chat. 20 Main North Road, Auburn.
The first winery established in the region, this cellar door is packed with history. Explore the underground tunnels and check out the museum where you can learn about the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) who settled in Sevenhill during 1851 to produce sacramental wine. 111 College Road, Sevenhill.
The awards speak for themselves. This boutique winery has one of the prettiest cellar doors in the state, and the restaurant is something special (open for breakfast and lunch). Take a seat indoors or on the verandah. The vineyard views are a delight. There’s country cottage accommodation to boot. Trevarrick Road, Sevenhill.
Ochre Nation Cellar Door
This lovely little cellar door is home to Applewood Distillery, Unico Zelo Wines and Harvest Wine Growers Co-op. The cellar door occupies
retro-fitted, old industrial cold stores (dating
back to 1922) and you can watch on as the crew craft artisan wines and spirits. There’s a cocktail bar but no kitchen (yet) so BYO food is welcome.
24 Victoria Street, Gumeracha.
We love Longview long time but there’s a new excuse to visit from October. That’s when the doors open on the winery’s new tasting room kitchen. The spiffy space is crafted from heritage sandstone, local steel and timber. Tiered wine flights and private masterclasses are available. Don’t go past Mark and Peter Saturno’s cured Italian cold cuts, made using the family’s smoker. There’s onsite accommodation to boot. Open seven days. Pound Road, Macclesfield, Adelaide Hills.
Hahndorf Hill Winery
Hahndorf Hill Winery is where premium wine and chocolate come together. Give their ChocoVino experience a try, followed by a gourmet cheese platter or slice of cake.Known for their Austrian varieties, HHW is famous for award-winning grüner veltliner – affectionately known as ‘gru’. Ask ever-smiling cellar door manager Dee Wright for a sip and take in the rolling views. 38 Pain Road, Hahndorf.
Howard Vineyard is a great spot to head to during an afternoon drive. Explore the impeccably manicured gardens before playing a little croquet on the lawns, and finish with a fresh, Asian-infused meal at Clover restaurant (open every Sunday). The cellar door is located in a restored stone barn and features an open fire. Lot 1, 53 Bald Hills Road, Nairne.
Offering incredible views of the Adelaide Hills, this cellar door is one for the bucket list. Major renovations wrap up at the beginning of October, so it’s a good time to visit and check out the new-look space. If you visit with a group of eight or more, lunch of woodfired pizzas and wine is $25 per person. Keep an eye out for gorgeous dogs Seiko and Ruby. 407 Croft Road, Lenswood.
Good body, nice nose, great legs: that’s the mantra at Bremerton Wines. You’ll often find sisters Rebecca and Lucy Willson having a laugh as they showcase their wines to visitors. They’re a dynamic duo and alongside their wines (of which many are vegan friendly), local products and gifts are for sale. The setting is a beautifully restored 1886 stone barn and the newly renovated kitchen pumps out lunch worthy of the 50-minute drive from Adelaide. If you feel inclined, bring the whole family and the little ones can enjoy the kids’ corner under the stairs or play with the outdoor games on the grass. Langhorne Creek Road, Langhorne Creek.
Bleasdale was founded in 1850 by Frank Potts and is still managed by the Potts family. Their 167-year history spans six generations. While you taste their table and fortified varieties, take a moment to look over the old photographs and paintings on the walls – they whisper tales of yore. If the sun is shining, ask to walk through parts of the winery where you can witness old hand-hewn red gum vats and their 3.5-tonne lever basket press from 1892. 1640 Lanhorne Creek Road, Langhorne Creek.
The Zerella family has a long history in farming and viticulture and it permeates their McLaren Vale property. If the beautiful, old rusty truck could talk, oh, the stories it’d tell. Inside, the cellar door is a modern space showcasing the fruits of their labour. The Italian varieties are smashing and the family’s love is written all over the wine labels and walls. Trust us, you’ll see. The view from the new decking is special. For something different, book the La Gita experience. It takes you out into the vineyard. 182 Olivers Road, McLaren Vale.
Hugh Hamilton Wines
Talk about wine with a view. Hugh Hamilton’s cellar door offers unparalleled panoramic sights of their vineyard and the valley beyond. Embark on the Tasting of the Senses experience curated by Mary Hamilton, treating your eyes, ears, fingers, nose and tastebuds to a delightful range of wines. It can be catered for lovers of reds, whites or rosé, so nobody is left out. Be sure to wish them a happy birthday while you’re there, 2017 marks their 180th. Cheers! 94 McMutrie Road, McLaren Vale.
Alpha Box & Dice
This cellar door is a hit with Instagram-happy hipsters for a reason. The décor is eclectic, vintage eye-candy. Think old pinball machines, faded sofas, an old piano, taxidermy oddities, and spittoons fashioned from old bedpans. Each wine title begins with a different letter of the alphabet. Sit back, let staff pour the goods, and enjoy a gourmet platter with all the tasty trimmings. Take a squiz at the intricate label designs – they’re something special. 8 Olivers Road, McLaren Vale.
Location, location, location. You’ll find Coriole’s 1850s ironstone barn nestled among their vines. Sangiovese, fiano, and picpoul are a must if you like to try something different. Stroll through the spectacular gardens (a petal-packed colour burst) and finish with lunch at Coriole Restaurant. Chef Tom Reid is a whiz in the kitchen and has a large on-site garden full of produce to choose from. The asparagus patch bursts to life during spring so expect green magic on the plate. Fleurieu squid and caviar is a winner, too. Be sure to ask about the olive oil, vinegars and kalamata olives produced by the team. Divine. Chaffeys Road, McLaren Vale.
Raidis Estate’s logo features a goat, so it’s no surprise their cellar door comes with a view of a furry friend or two. It’s a cosy little spot run by a friendly family. They host regular shindigs featuring a Greek charcoal grill, wine, live music and good times. The next is on 4 November, 6pm until late. We also love their Living The Dream experience. Each year 20 people have the chance to pick grapes and work with the winemaker
to make their own wine.
It’s bucket list stuff. 15741 Riddoch Highway, Penola.
Two words: sparkling shiraz. Majella makes a cracking bottle of the good stuff. The winery is run by one of the loveliest families in the south east. The Lynns are locals from way back (five generations and counting). If you’re lucky, Brian ‘Prof’ Lynn will be there when you visit and show you where the winemaking magic happens. The cellar door is open every day and the welcome is as cheerful as they get. Lynn Road, Coonawarra.
Patrick of Coonawarra
This Coonawarra cellar door used to be home to Hermitage restaurant and is refreshingly forward thinking in its approach to events and cellar door exhibitions. Staff care more about customers leaving with a smile on their dial than whether they buy a bottle. It’s also one of the few places you can try a top-of-the-tier flagship wine without charge. Winemaker Luke Tocaciu is a creative sort. Keep your eye out for his handiwork while you indulge in a tasting. Corner Riddoch Highway and Ravenswood Lane, Coonawarra.
Words: Katie Spain & Elyse Williams
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