It’s that time of year again. Gourmet Traveller have announced the best cellar doors around the country, and while we’re pretty biased, SA punches well above its weight, here are the results from the awards.
The Adelaide Hills
STAR CELLAR DOOR: The Lane Vineyard
A short, scenic drive from the CBD, The Adelaide Hills is a picturesque oasis boasting incredible views, eateries and wine-labels. Star Cellar Door, The Lane Vineyard, offers guided tastings, cheese-making workshops, wine blending sessions, and to top it all off, one of the best restaurants regional South Australia has to offer.
BEST LARGE CELLAR DOOR: Shaw + Smith
BEST SMALL CELLAR DOOR: Pike & Joyce
CELLAR DOOR WITH BEST FOOD: Penfolds Magill Estate
BEST TASTING EXPERIENCE: Unico Zelo
BEST ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE (CHOCOVINO): Hahndorf Hill Winery
OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY: The Crafers Hotel
OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY: Sticky Rice Villas
STAR CELLAR DOOR: Seppeltsfield
Hailing from the Western Ridge in The Barossa Valley, Seppeltsfield offers walk-in tasting experiences, as well as some of the rarest fortifieds and birth-year wines for the ultimate wine-tasting experience. Visitors can spend the day exploring the property on a segway tour or a bike, go on a heritage tour or learn the craft of barrel making, leaving with a personalised barrel of tawny, and an appreciation for the process.
BEST LARGE CELLAR DOOR: Jacob’s Creek
BEST SMALL CELLAR DOOR: David Franz Wines
CELLAR DOOR WITH BEST FOOD: Hentley Farm
BEST TASTING EXPERIENCE: Vino Lokal
BEST ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE (BLENDING): Penfolds
OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY: The Louise
OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY: Lanzerac
STAR CELLAR DOOR: Wynns
Amongst the polished gardens and stunning display of terra rossa soils is the Wynns cellar door gables that famously feature on every Coonawarra Estate bottle. Offering a Make Your Own Blend session, artwork, and vintage and museum wines up for tasting, visitors can immerse themselves in the history while tasting divine vintage and museum wines.
BEST LARGE CELLAR DOOR: Di Giorgio Wines
BEST SMALL CELLAR DOOR: Bellwether
CELLAR DOOR WITH BEST FOOD: Hollick
BEST TASTING EXPERIENCE: Rymill Coonawarra
BEST ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE (HISTORIC LIMESTONE CELLAR DOOR): Katnook Estate
OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY: Must@Coonawarra
STAR CELLAR DOOR: O’Leary Walker Wines
O’Leary Walker Wines is an independent, Clare Valley based winery handcrafting a wide range of award-winning, regionally distinct wines from premium vineyard sites across South Australia.
BEST LARGE CELLAR DOOR: Taylors Wines
BEST SMALL CELLAR DOOR: Grosset
CELLAR DOOR WITH BEST FOOD: Skillogalee
BEST TASTING EXPERIENCE: Paulett Wines
BEST ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE (WINES, BEERS AND SLATE RESTAURANT): Pikes Wines
OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY: The Mill Apartments
OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY: Skillogalee House
STAR CELLAR DOOR: Henschke
The epitome of Australian fine wine, Henschke is globally renown. The simplistic and intimate tasting sessions allow for the wine, the history and the magical setting of the Eden Valley speak for itself.
BEST LARGE CELLAR DOOR: Yalumba
BEST SMALL CELLAR DOOR: Fernfield Wines
CELLAR DOOR WITH BEST FOOD: Flaxman
BEST TASTING EXPERIENCE: Taste Eden Valley
OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY: Collingrove Homestead
OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY: 1860 Wine Country CottagesK
STAR CELLAR DOOR: Dudley Wines
Multi-award winning Dudley Wines is situated in Porky Flat, on the North Coast of the island. With magnificent views, a buzzing event calendar and an abundance of local produce, this is the optimal spot to take in the beauty of Kangaroo Island.
BEST LARGE CELLAR DOOR: Bay Of Shoals Wines
BEST SMALL CELLAR DOOR: The Islander Estate Vineyards
BEST ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE (SMALL BATCH TASTING): Kangaroo Island Distillery
STAR CELLAR DOOR: Bleasdale
As one of Australia’s oldest wineries, Bleasdale is steeped in tradition. Renowned for their fortifieds and bright, white wines, delight in their diverse selection and be informed by their friendly staff to gain deeper insight into this historical gem.
BEST LARGE CELLAR DOOR: Lake Breeze
BEST SMALL CELLAR DOOR: Angas Plains Wines
BEST TASTING EXPERIENCE: Bremerton
BEST ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE (MEECHI BREWING COMPANY): The Winehouse
STAR CELLAR DOOR: d’Arenberg
D’Arenberg is characterised by the fascinating and visually stunning structure recently opened, The D’Arenberg Cube. Inspired by the Rubix Cube, it is the meeting point of incredible architecture and gourmet food and wine. Sensory experiences such as blending, helicopter tours, a wine museum and a wine fog room provide an immersive experience for visitors that goes above and beyond tastings.
BEST LARGE CELLAR DOOR: Wirra Wirra
BEST SMALL CELLAR DOOR: Alpha Box & Dice
BEST TASTING EXPERIENCE: S.C. Pannell
BEST TASTING EXPERIENCE: Coriole
BEST ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE (PORCHETTA PARTIES): Oliver’s Taranga
OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY: Hotel California Road
OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY: The Retreat at Chapel Hill