South Australia is Australia’s largest wine-production region, responsible for almost 50% of Australia’s annual wine production. With 18 award-winning, world-renowned wine regions in the state, it’s no surprise that South Australia wine is some of the best in the world.
South Australia is rich in winemaking heritage and is home to some of the world’s oldest continuously producing vines. Combining this with innovative thinking, the area is famed for producing excellent quality wines using a variety of grapes.
South Australia is a vast area of land, stretching over 984,321 square kilometres and varying in altitude. The climate across the state differs, with warm and maritime climates and cool breezes across some wine regions. McLaren Vale is an excellent example of a region that experiences a maritime climate, while the Adelaide Hills region has cooler breezes compared to the Barossa Valley’s warmer temperatures.
The variety of soil types across South Australia allows a variety of wines to be produced, from bold and juicy reds from regions such as Barossa Valley and crisp, refreshing whites from Eden Valley. The range in soil benefits different grape varieties, creating a diverse region of wines.
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South Australia – wine regions
The 18 wine regions calling South Australia home are:
- Adelaide Hills
- Adelaide Plains
- Barossa Valley
- Clare Valley
- Currency Creek
- Eden Valley
- Kangaroo Island
- Langhorne Creek
- McLaren Vale
- Mount Benson
- Mount Gambier
- Southern Fleurieu
- Southern Flinders Ranges
Wine grapes grown in South Australia
A multitude of grape varieties are grown across South Australia. Most notably, red wine grapes thrive in South Australia’s wine regions, but the area produces stand-out white wines, too.
For example, the Adelaide Hills wine region produces top-notch Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc wines, as well as a juicy red Shiraz. Kangaroo Island focuses on vibrant red wines, including Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, even being compared to those made in Bordeaux.