South Australia’s Best Cellar Doors Named In National Awards

If you’re looking for the best cellar doors in SA, this list is a pretty good place to start.

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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

Barossa

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

Coonawarra

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

Clare Valley

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

Eden Valley

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

BEST ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE (HOSPITALITY): Hutton Vale Farm(

OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY: Collingrove Homestead

OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY: 1860 Wine Country CottagesK

Kangaroo Island

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

OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY: Southern Ocean Lodge(

OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY: Ecopia Retreat0

OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY: Stowaway Kangaroo Island0

Langhorne Creek

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

OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY: Alice’s Bed & Breakfast(

OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY: The Creek Cottage(

McLaren Vale

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

For the full list of cellar doors that have been rated Australia’s best, visit Gourmet Traveller here.

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