Adelaide is a charming city with a vast heritage, storied history, breathtaking landscapes, and delicious food and wine. It was settled next to the River Torrens and has now rightly become a popular tourism destination.
There are numerous vineyards and wineries in Adelaide. Adelaide also has some of the world-famous labels that are prominent manufacturers of wine and beverages.
Wine is an integral part of life in Adelaide. The city offers a different range of possibilities to taste it and talk about it, coupled with excellent local produce and food, stunning scenery, and unique tourism experiences. More than 200 cellar doors within an hour’s drive of Adelaide city embrace all manner of varietals and activities. Some cellar doors are ancient stone buildings; others are modern and stylish. Many offer exceptional dining amenities and voyages.
Adelaide also has 30km of white, sandy beaches along its local coastline and a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and moderate winters.
South Australia’s 18 wine regions have diverse weather, topography, precipitation, and terroir, resulting in a mixture of wines and styles. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc thrive along the hills and valleys of the cool Adelaide Hills. The Clare Valley offers natural, crisp, dry Riesling, and 300km to the south, the Coonawarra grows fantastic Cabernet and Merlot. While they are world-famous for Shiraz, they have embraced a more excellent range of Mediterranean varieties. Grapes such as Grenache, Tempranillo, Nero d’Avola, Sangiovese, Fiano, Vermentino, and Mourvedre require less water. They thrive in the city’s warm climate with fewer inputs in the vineyard, resulting in increased sustainability. The wines made from these grapes in temperate regions have great tangible balance, complexity, and taste.
South Australia has more than 3,400 grape growers, over 700 wineries, and an estimated 76,000 hectares under vine. In 2014–15, the enterprise produced 738,000 tonnes of grapes priced at AUD$470 million. South Australia has more than 300 cellar doors where visitors can taste wines and buy directly from the vineyard.
The University of Adelaide School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, is a world-class center for the study of Viticulture and Oenology. The programs have an international name for distinction. The Waite campus, 5km from the Adelaide central business community, houses state-of-the-art facilities, including its vineyard, winery, and wine chemistry laboratory.