Wineries

South Australian wineries to visit

By Halliday Promotion

10 May, 2022

This month's featured wineries take us on a deep dive into South Australia. From the world-renowned winemaking regions of the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale, to lesser known gems Piccadilly Valley and Mount Benson, you're sure to discover a winery that tickles your fancy in this list of 24 South Australian wineries to visit now. 

Barossa Valley

Cooper Burns – Barossa Valley, SA

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Cooper Burns, established in 2004, has a reputation for producing high quality, small batch wines from exceptionally nurtured vineyards. What began as a handshake between two winemaking mates while working in Californian wine country has grown to become a household name synonymous with the Barossa. The grapes are sourced from multiple historic vineyards throughout subregions of the Barossa and Eden Valleys, as well as a small parcel of chardonnay from the cool Adelaide Hills. Mark Cooper and Russell Burns are dedicated to crafting artisanal wines that reflect the qualities of the vineyard and the vintage.

4.5 ★ winery | cooperburns.com.au | Halliday profile

Grant Burge – Barossa Valley, SA

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Grant Burge Wines was established in 1988 and is located in the heart of the Barossa Valley. They pride themselves on their quality and integrity, and focus on allowing the terroir of the hallowed Barossa Valley to speak for itself through minimal intervention winemaking practices and careful vineyard management. The Grant Burge team are dedicated to the Barossa region, and believe fine wines are born in the vineyard. They source fruit from vineyards planted throughout the Barossa. Each planting features individual microclimates and characters, with grape varieties matched to the vineyards, ensuring harvests are of the highest quality.

5  winery | grantburgewines.com.au | Halliday profile

John Duval – Barossa Valley, SA

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Over a near 30-year career at Penfolds, John Duval was entrusted with custodianship of Australia’s most famous wine. Sensing the need for a more personal, family-oriented wine project, John Duval Wines was borne in 2003 with the first release of the Plexus Shiraz Grenache Mourvèdre. Now, John and son Tim work side by side crafting a focused range of elegant and structural wines from old Barossa vineyards. Their wines are available to try at the new Artisans of Barossa collective tasting room and restaurant in Tanunda, open daily.

4.5 ★ winery | johnduvalwines.comHalliday profile

Purple Hands Wines – Barossa Valley, SA

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Established in 2006, Purple Hands Wines is a 5-star rated boutique wine label from the southern Barossa that produces fruit driven wines of elegance and texture, with some intriguing blends incorporating Italian varietals. Purple Hands’ wines are available for tasting at the Artisans of Barossa in Tanunda, where you can book your wine tasting experience and enjoy a range of wine and food options from casual eating and drinking outside on the lawns under the umbrellas, to a sit-down meal and wine matching experience in their restaurant, Essen.

5  winery | purplehandswines.com.au | Halliday profile

Reis Creek – Barossa Valley, SA

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The history of Reis Creek vineyard can be traced back to 1850, when founder Johann Pech came to Australia from Germany and established a grape-growing tradition that continued in the Pech family for four generations. Today, Reis Creek is operated by Jim Jin, who arrived in South Australia in 2008 as an Oenology master student at the University of Adelaide. During his study, he made a strong connection with the land and in 2009 he created Reis Creek Wines, aimed at producing high-end wines that cater to both the Australian and Chinese Market.

3.5 ★ winery | reiswines.com.au | Halliday profile

Soul Growers – Barossa Valley, SA

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Soul Growers stands for everything that is great about the Barossa: shared wisdom, new ideas, mateship, and a passion for making and enjoying great wine. Owners Paul Heinicke, Tom Fotheringham and Stuart Bourne see the grape growers of the Barossa Valley as being the very soul of the region, hence their name. Their goal is to let the vineyards they work with show through in their wines. Where nature provides, they only guide. They strive to make sure Soul Growers wines emphasise the regional and varietal flavours of their beloved Barossa Valley.

5  winery | soulgrowers.comHalliday profile

Spinifex – Barossa Valley, SA

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Spinifex was started by Magali Gely and Peter Schell in 2001. Magali comes from a family that has been growing wine near Montpellier for over 10 generations, while Peter is a trained oenologist and has made wine in Burgundy, Switzerland, Provence, the Minervois, the Languedoc, Bordeaux and New Zealand. Peter and Magali’s combined backgrounds have led to the belief that the vineyard is paramount in the production of unique, ultra-premium wines. Spinifex wines are typically produced from very old, low yielding vineyards in the Barossa and Eden Valleys. Exports to the UK, Belgium, Sweden, US, Poland, Malaysia and New Zealand.

5  winery | spinifexwines.com.au | Halliday profile

Eden Valley

Eden Hall – Eden Valley, SA

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The Eden Hall vineyard was established in 1997, with the first estate grown wines produced under the Eden Hall label in 2002.  As winemaker Phil Lehmann says, “Eden Hall is an incredibly thoughtful and meticulously run operation, with an ongoing quest to better care for their land and for the broader environment, while always striving to make site-reflective wines of the highest order.” Thirty-three hectares of vine are planted with red varieties, including shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc, and white varieties including riesling, viognier and grüner veltliner. The vineyard was recently awarded the Young Gun of Wine 2021 Australian Vineyard of the Year.

4 ★ winery | edenhall.com.au | Halliday profile

Henschke – Eden Valley, SA

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The Henschke family has been making wine since 1868. Fifth generation winemaker Stephen and his wife Prue are well recognised for high quality wines, innovation and sustainability in the vineyard, as well as their role as custodians of the land. They are passionate about upholding the family name, origins, and reputation – ensuring that the vineyards are their legacy for future generations – particularly their children Johann, Justine and Andreas, who are set to be the sixth generation of Henschkes in wine.

5  winery | henschke.com.au | Halliday profile

Mountadam Vineyards – Eden Valley, SA

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Established in 1972, Mountadam Vineyards was founded by the late David Wynn, who was the first to recognise the potential of a cool, elevated site to produce Australian wines of great elegance and structure. In 2005, David and Jenni Brown purchased Mountadam Vineyards from LVMH, and in late 2015 they acquired the second High Eden vineyard established by Wynn, thus reassembling the original Mountadam property. The Brown family endeavour to continue Wynn’s vision while incorporating new principles with sustainable, low-input viticulture in mind to guarantee the future success of the vineyards.

4.5 ★ winery | mountadam.com.au | Halliday profile

Yalumba – Eden Valley, SA

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Established in 1849, Yalumba is Australia’s oldest family-owned winery. A fiercely independent fine wine producer across six generations, Yalumba proudly showcases the best of the Barossa. Yalumba is committed to making great wine with minimal intervention and preserving the natural environment and resources for generations to come.

5  winery | yalumba.comHalliday profile

McLaren Vale

Angove Family Winemakers – McLaren Vale, SA

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Founded in 1886, Angove is a fifth-generation family company with an eye for the future. Angove includes Warboys Vineyard, The Medhyk, Family Crest, Naturalis and Organics. Situated in the heart of the renowned McLaren Vale wine district, Angove take full advantage of their location, with the cellar door nestled in the family’s certified organic and biodynamic Warboys Vineyard on Chalk Hill Road. Angove is committed to remaining privately owned and believes remaining in family hands enables the company to be master of its own destiny and build on over 135 years of sustainable winemaking excellence.

5  winery | angove.com.au | Halliday profile

Dandelion Vineyards – McLaren Vale, SA

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Dandelion Vineyards is a unique fusion of vineyards and vignerons. They have old vineyards, a young winemaker, and a couple of mates to help in-between, which they believe makes for the ideal winery. Their wines represent decades of experience, blending the fruit of their heirloom vineyards with the finest traditions of artisan winemaking. As they say, “Our vineyards are our family, their wines our children.” The lifelong search to appreciate and understand the essence of wine, its terroir, leads them on a vinous treasure hunt, following the Dandelion's Wishing Clock if you will, that always inspires.

5 ★ winery | dandelionvineyards.com.au | Halliday profile

Hither & Yon – McLaren Vale, SA

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Brothers Richard and Malcolm Leask started Hither & Yon in 2012 with the aim to make better wines with a lighter footprint. Richard is the outside man, farmer and maker; Malcolm is the inside guy, director and creator. The first carbon-neutral certified winery in South Australia, Hither & Yon expresses the care and creativity of the Leask family estate vineyards in McLaren Vale, creating artisanal wines that are certified by Sustainable Winegrowing Australia. Their everyday priorities are soil and people, and they believe if both of those are happy and healthy, their wines will play in the same good favour.

4.5 ★ winery | hitherandyon.com.au | Halliday profile

Hugo Wines – McLaren Vale, SA

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The Hugo family vineyards were first established in the foothills above McLaren Vale in 1951. The Hugo vineyard is one of the highest in the region, situated 180m above sea level. Conditions are markedly cooler, with gully breezes from the Mount Lofty Ranges. The climate is ideal for premium grape production with lengthened ripening periods resulting in fine, balanced and elegant wines.

4 ★ winery | hugowines.com.au | Halliday profile

Three Dark Horses – McLaren Vale, SA

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When Matt, a former winemaker at Coriole, was presented with the opportunity to make wine from Bruno Romano’s old vineyard in the Seaview subregion of McLaren Vale, it was an offer that he could not refuse. Teaming up with his father Alan and grandfather Frank, Three Dark Horses produced its first vintage in 2009. In 2017 they purchased and began moving all their operations to a 20-acre vineyard in Blewitt Springs, which is currently under organic conversion. Three Dark Horses’ absolute focus is on producing small batch, handmade, and affordable wines of character that are its own unique expression of the McLaren Vale region.

4.5 ★ winery | 3dh.com.au | Halliday profile

Zonte's Footstep – McLaren Vale, SA

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Zonte’s Footstep is an independent producer based in McLaren Flat at a local hangout called The General Wine Bar and Kitchen.  Established in 2003 by a group of friends, grapes are sourced from vineyards in McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek, Adelaide Hills, Barossa and the Fleurieu. Their wines are made primarily for enjoyment: both well-balanced and food friendly. Tasting at the cellar door is a relaxed affair with the extensive range available including prosecco, vermentino, pinot grigio, chardonnay, viognier, grenache, tempranillo, malbec, cabernet sauvignon and shiraz. Each wine has its own quirky name and backstory such as the Chocolate Factory, Lake Doctor and Violet Beauregard.

4.5 ★ winery | zontesfootstep.com.au | Halliday profile

Other

Bleasdale – Langhorne Creek, SA

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Bleasdale was founded in 1850 by the extraordinary Frank Potts, making it the oldest winery in Langhorne Creek and amongst the oldest in Australia. Their wines express distinct regional and varietal character: modern classics with respect for tradition and an eye for the future. In 2019, Bleasdale’s Wild Fig SGM was awarded the prestigious Jimmy Watson Trophy at the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards, further cementing Bleasdale’s reputation as an award-winning winemaker. Visit Bleasdale to experience the range of premium red and white wines, and wander through the oldest section of the winery to view Australian winemaking history for yourself.

5  winery | bleasdale.com.au | Halliday profile

Cape Jaffa – Mount Benson, SA

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Cape Jaffa is where Derek Hooper and his team love to make wine. Living on the edge where the Limestone Coast meets the Southern Ocean, they make wines that reflect the lifestyle they lead in the region they love. Their Biodynamic La Lune and En Soleil ranges are made with a hands-off approach, allowing them to tell the story of where they came from. The ‘Made Differently’ range is where they use non-traditional pairings and unusual fermentation vessels to create highly drinkable and unique wines. The core CJ range is where grape growing, winemaking and blending all come together to create wines that boast drinkability and style.

4.5 ★ winery | capejaffawines.com.au | Halliday profile

Eight at the Gate – Wrattonbully, SA

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Sisters Jane and Claire own and operate their vineyard in Wrattonbully, a premium wine region within South Australia's Limestone Coast. Eight at the Gate is a first generation, family owned and operated wine business which produces premium cool climate wines with a strong expression of terroir. Named after their eight children who can usually be seen hanging off a gate or a fence somewhere, the sisters' philosophy around growing grapes and making wine is much the same as raising their children. As they say, “provide a sustainable, healthy, nurturing environment and don’t interfere too much!”

3 ★ winery | eightatthegate.com.au | Halliday profile

Farmer's Leap – Padthaway, SA

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The name Farmer’s Leap tells the story of how they came to be: Scott Longbottom and Cheryl Merrett, two farmers from Padthaway who had the foresight to take the leap into viticulture and winemaking and have not looked back since. The Longbottom family had been farming in Padthaway since 1938, with onions, sheep and cattle as their mainstay, but in 1993 the first vines were planted. Now over 400 ha are dedicated to producing six grape varieties. Farmer’s Leap pride themselves on outstanding fruit quality across all their grape varieties and aim to deliver a quality bottle of wine you can trust.

4 ★ winery | farmersleap.comHalliday profile

Skillogalee – Clare Valley, SA

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Skillogalee is a family-owned winery in the heart of the Clare Valley in South Australia. The vineyards consist of 125 acres in the Sevenhill subregion, surrounded by magnificent hills and natural bushland. The winery and vineyards are run sustainably and focus on celebrating and nurturing the land. A 170-year-old stone settlers’ cottage houses their historic cellar door and acclaimed restaurant, overlooking a sea of vines. Their award-winning wines are made on the estate from primarily dry-grown and handpicked fruit, and focus on capturing both the remarkable terroir of Skillogalee’s ancient soils and their passion for hand-crafted wines of exceptional quality.

3.5 ★ winery | skillogalee.com.au | Halliday profile

Tapanappa – Piccadilly Valley, SA

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Tapanappa is the 21st century chapter of an adventure that started more than 40 years ago when Brian and Ann Croser arrived in the Piccadilly Valley and pioneered the modern era of the Adelaide Hills wine region. The winery was founded in 2002 to continue their mission of identifying distinguished sites for distinguished varieties. Tapanappa now has three sites from which its wines are produced. The original Tiers Vineyard planted with chardonnay in the Piccadilly Valley in 1979, Foggy Hill Vineyard planted with pinot noir at Parawa on the Fleurieu Peninsula in 2003, Whalebone Vineyard planted with cabernet and associated varieties in Wrattonbully in 1974.

5  winery | tapanappa.com.au | Halliday profile

Zema Estate – Coonawarra, SA

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Zema Estate is a true Coonawarra family winery, forged in Australia but based on the undeniable passions and traditions of its Italian heritage. Over four decades it has developed a reputation for producing premium quality Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon and shiraz. They pride themselves on their attention to detail – hand pruning, careful fruit selection, meticulous viticulture, passionate winemaking, diligent bottle ageing and a deep respect for the place and provenance of Coonawarra. This year Zema turns 40, and as part of their celebrations they’ll host commemorative events in Coonawarra and around Australia featuring rare wines from their cellar. See their website for more details.

4.5 ★ winery | zema.com.au | Halliday profile