The Best Wine Regions Near Adelaide

Adelaide is well known for its vibrant CBD, nearby beautiful beaches, and national parks. It is also famous for its proximity to some of the country’s best wine regions. Adelaide truly has it all, making it the perfect location for your next trip away.

Fancy a romantic getaway for two, touring top wineries and boutique cellar doors? Or perhaps a girl’s Weekend Escape full of world-class wine and delicious local food? Keep reading to discover the best wine regions near Adelaide, the wine capital of Australia.

Barossa Valley

When it comes to the best wine regions near Adelaide the Barossa Valley is one that instantly comes to mind. Renowned internationally for producing world class wines, the Barossa has over 80 cellar doors to visit. Due to its Mediterranean climate the region’s specialty include Shiraz and Cabernet and is known for its bold and intense flavours. The Barossa is located just a 50-minute drive from Adelaide and there are plenty of tour options or hop on hop off buses to choose from.

McLaren Vale

Situated a 45-minute drive from Adelaide, Mclaren Vale is a must on your next SA Escape. McLaren Vale has a rich history in wine production in SA and is home to some of the world’s oldest grape vines. The region is a natural beauty with beaches, walking trails and is bordered by the Mount Lofty ranges. Over the years McLaren Vale has become one of the most progressive and environmentally conscious wine regions in SA. There are over 70 cellar doors, including some incredible boutique wineries and top-rated restaurants offering the best culinary experiences. There is so much on offer in McLaren Vale easily making it one of the best wine regions near Adelaide.

Clare Valley

Located north of Adelaide is the wine region of Clare Valley. The 1 hour and 45-minute scenic drive is certainly worth the trip. This historic town of Clare has a rich heritage with old stone buildings, grand gum trees and rolling green hills. Clare Valley is one of the smaller wine regions and is a secluded hidden gem. Despite this, it is famous for its Riesling production and sets the benchmark for this variety. A great way to explore this region is the Riesling Trail which takes you 35km through the countryside.

Adelaide Hills

Next on the list of best wine regions near Adelaide is the Adelaide Hills. This lush and leafy region is situated just a short drive from the CBD. The cooler climate means here you will discover some of the best productions of the classics such as Sauvignon Blanc and Sparkling styles. Not only are there over 60 wineries to discover but the Adelaide Hills also offer stunning national parks, quaint villages, and heritage towns. Make sure you check out the town of Hahndorf which is Australia’s oldest German settlement.

Caudo Vineyard at Hogwash Bend, Waikerie on the Murray River.


The Riverland wine region is home to a smaller amount of cellar doors however it is one of the largest producers of wine in Australia. Here you will find not only wineries but distilleries, breweries, and food producers to visit. The mighty Murray River winds through the region for 600 kilometres. The Riverland is famous for its Shiraz, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon varieties. After tasting some of their top-quality wines there are lots of adventure activities to try along the Murray River, local wildlife to discover and fantastic food.

SA Weekend Escapes Top Hotel Pick!

Situated in the heart of Adelaide CBD providing easy access to all the vibrant city has to offer. Quality Apartments Adelaide Central  is the ideal accommodation option for your next trip to Adelaide.

Located in a historic building the accommodation consists of luxury one- or two-bedroom apartments with open plan living spaces and all the amenities you will need for your stay.

If you’d like more information on things to do in and around Adelaide, then check out our Ultimate Guide.