For many, when you think of a wine tour or brewery tour, you assume you would have to go out of the city, to perhaps McLaren Vale or the Barossa Valley.
They would be wrong.
Located only minutes east of Adelaide’s CBD, in the heart of the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters are a handful of boutique cellar doors and a micro-brewery. There is a handy self-guided trail for the public to take advantage of that takes all the guesswork out of planning a tour of the sites. And the best part? They are all within walking distance!
Get to know the great operators and their history as you sip and sample your way along the Trail. Come for an hour or stay for the day, the Eastside Wine & Ale Trail will not disappoint. The trail is easy to walk, or you can cycle, scoot or Uber your way through the eight stops on the trail.
1. Amadio Wines, 461 Payneham Road, Felixstow
A cellar door in the suburbs with a unique atmosphere is what you encounter as you enter Amadio Wines. The impressive list of national and international trophies and gold medals awarded to Amadio, vintage after vintage, bears positive testimony to a consistent standard of exceptional quality. Priding itself on its Italian heritage, Amadio Wines now stands as a nationally and internationally awarded and recognised brand, with a focus on the production and sale of quality wine.
This family-owned South Australian winery also has a cellar door in Kangaroo Island, with their wines being made at their estate vineyards at Kersbrook in the Adelaide Hills. Their Payenham Road cellar door has a delightful cozy atmosphere that will absolutely make you want to stay for a drink (or two).
2. CW Wines, 4 Nelson Street, Stepney
Located in the Coonawarra—the heart of South Australia’s Limestone Coast, Coonawarra Wines crafts unique parcels of high-quality wine. Their warm and inviting cellar door in Stepney offers a one-of-a-kind experience to taste the Coonawarra wine region right in the heart of the City. While you are there, why not experience the diverse selection of red and white wines from their other regions including Padthaway, McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley.
3. Ferg’s Stepney, 8A Union Street, Stepney.
A collaborative cellar door bringing Winemakers, Brewers and Distillers under the one roof, and conveniently located on the Eastside Wine & Ale Trail. Cousins Jordan and Bevan both have vast experience in the wine-making industry and together have created a collaborative cellar door, Ferg’s Stepney. Ferg’s brings winemakers, brewers and distillers together under the one roof and within close proximity to Adelaide’s CBD.
At Ferg’s you can enjoy your locally made beverages with delicious pizzas or cheese and charcuterie boards, or take advantage of local food trucks that set up on site. It is an experience not to be missed.
4. Heartland Wines , 24 Beulah Road, Norwood.
Heartland’s ethos is simple and honest: to produce food-friendly, varietal wines and innovative blends from the best fruit from Langhorne Creek. An extension of their Langhorne Creek cellar door, Heartland’s Norwood tasting space offers small groups of up to eight people the opportunity to experience the Heartland story in the City.
5. Lambrook Wines, Warehouse 4, 2-20 Magill Road, Norwood.
Beginning as a dream of Adam and Brooke Lampit in 2008, Lambrook Wines has evolved into a fully-fledged and respected South Australian wine label, featuring on many restaurant wine lists. The Lambrook Wines cellar door is nestled among a number of warehouses, and has been transformed into a minimalistic and unique space featuring a shipping container that has been retrofitted to act as a bar.
Visit Adam and Brooke to explore and taste all that Lambrook Wines has to offer.
6. Little BangBrewing Co., 25 Henry Street, Stepney.
Former game developers and brewing buddies Fil and Ryan started Little Bang Brewing Co back in 2013, and now that have an incredible cellar door in prime Stepney location.
The in-house kitchen serves a selection of Asian and American style street food and share plates and can cater for functions and events across the tap room, mezzanine and beer garden spaces.
With more than 50 beers in the range which includes everything from traditional style pale ales and porters to the more obscure sours and barley wines, there is always something new to try. And the fully stocked takeaway fridge will ensure you can continue to enjoy Little Bang beers at home. They also often host many amazing events, like vintage markets and comedy nights, so keep an eye out on their social media pages for updates.
7. Moorooroo Park Vineyards, 31-33 North Terrace, Hackney.
Moorooroo Park Vineyards has a long and storied history. The vineyard and orchards were planted in the mid 1840’s on the banks of Jacobs Creek by patriarch Samuel Nitschke after he and his family endured an arduous boat trip to Australia from Hamburg. More recently they have ventured into Adelaide bringing a touch of Barossa charm to two local heritage properties, which have been transformed into an exciting cellar door.
From the moment that you step into the Moorooroo Park Vineyards Cellar Door, chefs and winemakers Wyndham and Patricia will make you feel welcome, like you are part of the family, and perhaps even share some stories over a glass of their favourite wine.
8. Vineyard Road, 105 King William Street, Kent Town.
Vineyard Road wines are carefully crafted from small parcels of the finest fruit selected from specific sites to best reflect their regional and varietal distinction. Producing premium wine since 1997, Vineyard Road is now recognised locally, nationally and internationally as an award winning producer.
Their first cellar door was opened in 2016 at Langhorne Creek on the Belvidere Estate vineyard and in 2019, the Barossa Valley cellar door was opened on Vineyard Road Estate in Tanunda.
The Kent Town cellar door opened in 2017 and offers wine tastings and sales, platters, wine flights and chocolate and wine pairing experiences. Yes, their pair delicious chocolate with even more delicious wines!
Need more information on the Eastside Wine & Ale Trail? Head here for all the details.