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Here are South Australia’s top 5 most romantic wine spots to visit.
1 Fleurieu Peninsula
The Fleurieu Peninsula is a paradise for beach lovers. Ever-popular as a weekend escape, you’ll find countless holiday houses and bed and breakfasts right on the water. Take a stroll down to the beach as dawn breaks, or sprawl out on the sand as sun sets. Green hills border jagged cliffs, with ocean swells below. Only minutes away you’ll find quiet coves beckoning swimmers with calm, clear waters.
Of course, the Fleurieu is home to some of our well-known wine regions – Langhorne Creek, Currency Creek, Southern Fleurieu, Kangaroo Island and McLaren Vale. Relax at cellar doors, where you can sip exceptional Fleurieu blends and enjoy a long lunch. For dinner, you’ll find upmarket restaurants on clifftops, cafés perched on the end of wharves and good old fish and chip shops aplenty.
2 Adelaide Hills
So close to Adelaide and story-book pretty, the Adelaide Hills are an ideal setting for romance. Less than 20 minutes’ drive from Adelaide’s CBD, the Adelaide Hills are dotted with quaint towns shaded by lush, green canopies. Stirling, Hahndorf, Bridgewater and Crafers are perfect spots for a long lunch date, with plenty of cafés and restaurants serving delicious local produce and local wines.
Speaking of wine, you’ll find your fair share in the Adelaide Hills, with over 60 cellar doors to explore, dotted among vineyards and fruit orchards. The cool climate and good rainfall makes it perfect for producing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc.
Enjoy a romantic weekend escape and stroll the weekend farmers’ markets. Get the heart racing on a mountain bike ride around Mount Lofty, have a close-up wildlife encounter at Cleland Wildlife Park and take a step back in time in the historic German town of Hahndorf.
Unsurprisingly, the Barossa is a favourite pick for romantic getaways. With over 80 cellar doors, some of the best wine in the world and beautiful scenery, it’s a recipe for romance. After a day of indulgence and exploration, return to a five-star retreat, opulent self-contained apartment, or quaint cabin.
Enjoy a glass by the fire in winter or outdoors in the leafy shade during summer, spring and autumn. Due to its climate (warm summers and mild winters), the Barossa’s Cabernets and Shiraz are unbeatable. Eden Valley Rieslings and Chardonnays are some of the best in South Australia; sip a glass or two under the Valley’s towering gums or amongst rows upon rows of leafy grapevines.
4 Adelaide city
Adelaide truly is a city of romance. Spend a night dining at award-winning restaurants, then visit eclectic bars pouring world-class wine, unique cocktails and gin.
Step out into the evening and stroll down Gouger Street, King William Road or Melbourne Street. Frome Street, Hutt Street and O’Connell Street are home to Italian, Indian and Asian restaurants. Melbourne Street and King William Road are known for the best French and modern Australian dining Adelaide has to offer. After dinner, explore our unique small bars in Peel Street, Vardon Avenue and Wright Street.
5 Clare Valley
For many South Australians, love has bloomed among the vines in the Clare Valley. The Clare Valley is a scenic, 90-minute drive from Adelaide. With a wine-making history dating back to 1851, there are now almost 50 wineries scattered along a narrow 40km corridor, between the towns of Auburn and Clare.
The Clare Valley is known as one of our most picturesque self-drive locations. Cruise to Stanley Flat and Blyth, taking-in amazing views along the way. Rows of vines, farmland and bush intertwine, broken only by small towns and historic Clare Valley cellar doors.
Learn more about all of South Australia’s unique wine regions here.