South Australia is responsible for growing almost 50% of Australia’s annual wine production. It is also home to some of the most famous regions, historic estates, oldest vines and brilliant stories of personal venture in the country. The majestic and ancient vines found in South Australia’s Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley and Adelaide Hills, through their isolation, survived the great phylloxera plagues that wiped out the vines of North America, Europe and Australia’s eastern vineyards in the 1880’s. Quarantine restrictions were introduced which saved South Australia from phylloxera and ensured the State maintained its grape growing status. There is a multitude of different soil types and localised influences such as altitude and cooling ocean and lake breezes which, aside from the winemaker’s influence allow for a wide range of wine styles. South Australia also has a diverse range of regions from the warm temperate climate of the Barossa Valley; to the maritime McLaren Vale, the Fleurieu Peninsula's Currency Creek, Langhorne Creek and Southern Fleurieu; the cooler Adelaide Hills region and the hot climate of the Riverland region on the Murray River.
Escape the frenzy of Australia's east coast with a few days in gracious, relaxed South Australia, voted by Lonely Planet's Best in Travel as one of the Top 10 regions in the world to visit in 2017. The driest state on the planet's driest inhabited continent, South Australia beats the heat by celebrating life's finer things: fine landscapes, fine festivals, fine food, and (...OK, forget the other three) fine wine. It's true – almost everywhere you go in SA you'll find cellar doors vying for your attention. Succumb to temptation in SA's famous wine regions: the Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Coonawarra, McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills. But don't miss Kangaroo Island's wildlife and seafood; big-sky, wild-west landscapes on the Yorke and Eyre peninsulas; the photogenic Flinders Ranges; the fertile terrain around the snaking Murray River; and the craggy limestone coast and caves in the beach-strewn southeast.