Uncorking Adelaide: 6 great Adelaide wine tours

South Australia is home to approximately 680 wineries. With many of these located in proximity to Adelaide, the South Australian capital places visitors up close to a great deal of world-class wine. The Barossa Valley wine region is one of the most iconic regions for wine production in the world, with other regions near Adelaide including The Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, and Langhorne Creek. Ready to explore Adelaide’s wine regions? In this article, we provide ideas for six great Adelaide wine tours.

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Wine of South Australia

Lover of wine? Adelaide is your dream come true. South Australia’s capital city is decorated with wineries on its fringes, as well beyond, stretching into its rural landscapes. Home to the likes of the Barossa Valley – a world-class region that grows some of the country’s best wines – South Australia is a playground for wine connoisseurs.

Unfamiliar with just how dominant the state’s wine really is? Well, it creates 50% of the country’s annual wine production. The state grows a variety of popular grape varieties such as Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir.

From the Clare Valley, to the Barossa Valley, The Adelaide Hills and beyond, there are enough varietals and wineries in South Australia to last you a lifetime. In this article we help you explore the state’s best wine by outlining some of the best available Adelaide wine tours.

6 Adelaide wine tours

Raise your glass and get ready to embark on a journey of delicious discovery! Here’s a list of fabulous Adelaide wine tours that will have you sipping and swirling through some of Australia’s best wine regions.

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1. McLaren Vale Cheese and Wine

Adelaide’s Top Food and Wine Tours are personalised small group tours that offer you a very special wine experience in South Australia. And there’s something here for everyone. Spice up your visit to Adelaide with a McLaren Vale Cheese and Wine Tour.

This wine tour starts in Adelaide and travels via the coastal route to the Fleurieu Peninsula to explore the McLaren Vale Cheese and Wine Trail.  Locally crafted wines paired with gourmet cheeses fill your day with delight, whilst a visit to Hugh Hamilton Winery offers a unique sensory experience. During the afternoon, options are provided, including a visit to d’Arenberg Cube or an afternoon tea/coffee break at a local chocolate shop.

Ready to explore McLaren Vale? Book your tour here. 

2. Penfolds Magill Estate Wine Tour

Penfolds is a South Australian name, and an important one at that. Founded in Adelaide in 1844 by Christopher Rawson Penfold, it’s one of Adelaide’s oldest wineries. With Wine Valley Tours, you can explore the rich history of Penfolds in the most enjoyable (and delicious) way.

As a full day wine tour experience, Wine Valley Tours’s Penfolds tour typically runs from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. Starting from Penfold Magill Estate itself, the tour dives into the latest vintage wines at 4 to 5 wineries. A private driver and transport, water bottles, WiFi, music, and great pictures are also included. Guests will also have the opportunity to learn about winemaking while having fun, giving them foundational knowledge about Penfolds itself.

Book your Penfolds experience with Wine Valley Tours here. 

Barossa Valley winery Seppeltsfield

3. Barossa Valley Wine Tour

Cellar Door Wine Tours are for those who seek to see South Australia differently. Offering visitors a deep understanding of the state, the company works to immerse its guests in the landscapes, tastes and culture of South Australia. Dreaming of a glass of crisp white under the golden sun? Or a shiraz beside a roaring fireplace? This is a tour that can give you all of the above (weather permitting!).

The company’s relaxing wine tour experience in the Barossa Valley, starts sharp at 9am with collection from guests’ in Adelaide. Upon arrival in the Barossa Valley, guests can visit wineries before enjoying a premium a-la-carte lunch menu exclusive to the tour. Come the afternoon, dive into wine tastings at two additional wineries; both those which are ’boutiquey’ as well as big-names wineries like Penfolds, Wolf Blass, and Jacob’s Creek. Pack light! You’re going to want to smuggle a few bottles home.

Book your wine tour here. 

4. Adelaide Hills with TrailHopper

Looking for an Adelaide wine tour, but hoping to be a little more independent? TrailHopper is Adelaide’s only hop-on, hop-off tour service departing from the Adelaide CBD. Stopping at a large number of wineries on a pre-determined circuit, the tour companies arms visitors the information they need about each destination, and offers suggestions for individuals to plan their own tours.

Experience the natural beauty, rich history, and delectable food and wine of the Adelaide Hills with TrailHopper’s exclusive hop on, hop off wine tour departing from Adelaide City. Focusing on Hahndorf and its surrounds, the tour delves into the best wines of the region. TrailHopper’s customers love the convenience and flexibility of hopping on and off at their leisure!

Book your hop-on, hop-off tour here. 

5. Langhorne Creek with Best Wine Tours

Best Wine Tours is an SA family owned, family run and family operated tour company. Awarded the coveted ‘Traveller Choice Award’ for 2021 and also receiving an award for 2022 from TripAdvisor, the company is sure to provide you with a great wine experience in South Australia.

Book onto the Langhorne Creek tour, a region regarded as one of the best-kept secrets in Australian viticulture. This beautiful region is home to one of the oldest and most significant wine regions in the country. Located on the dreamy Fleurieu Peninsula, Langhorne Creek is only an hour’s drive from Adelaide’s CBD. Taste your way through some of the region’s best wines, including their Cabernet Sauvignons; a varietal hero in this region. Best Wine Tours are fully flexible, with pick-up options from Adelaide CBD or your Strathalbyn accommodation, as well as drop-off six hours later.

Book your tour with Best Wine Tours here. 

Clare Valley wine

6. Clare Valley Wine Tours

Clare Valley Wine Tours is a friendly wine tour company operating in the beautiful Clare Valley wine region of South Australia. Offering pick up and drop off services from your accommodation in Adelaide, you’re guaranteed to have a comfortable and unforgettable experience.

With Clare Valley Wine Tours, Adelaide pickups are scheduled for 8am. This gets guests to Clare at around 9.45am, and later you’ll be dropped home by around 6pm by your specialist Clare guide. With Clare Valley Wine Tours, you’ll enjoy a premium winery tour of the beautiful Clare Valley in a small group setting with like-minded visitors. Stopping at wineries big and small, your small group will cover subregions from Hill River Valley (Polish Hill River) and Clare Valley to the Skilly Valley. As you drive, your host will help you discover the area’s history and soak in the breathtaking countryside. Visit at least 5 wineries on your way, complete with tastings and beautiful surroundings. Then for lunch, you’ll devour a tasty picnic lunch in a winery or garden setting.

Book your Clare Valley Wine Tours experience here. 

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Centrally located accommodation is what you’ll need if you’re hoping for a wine filled holiday in South Australia. Located in the heart of Adelaide, the Adelaide Royal Coach is a comfortable and central yet affordable hotel.

Boasting facilities such as an indoor pool and an Angus & Co. Bar and Grill, the property makes for the perfect base for Adelaide wine tours. Only a ten minute walk will see you in the heart of the CBD, surrounded by restaurants, bars, cafes and shops.

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