Feb 16, 2023

South Australia – A perfect blend of wine and culture

South Australia's wine regions are not just known for their world-class wines, but also for their rich cultural heritage and thriving art scenes. From the rolling hills of the Barossa to the seaside charm of McLaren Vale, and the wide expanses of the Riverland, these regions offer a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural experiences that are sure to captivate any traveller.

McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale is a picturesque region that is home to over 80 wineries and a thriving arts scene. With a relaxed coastal vibe and stunning scenery, this region is a perfect destination for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life while only being less than an hours drive away.

One of the most notable cultural institutions in McLaren Vale is the Willunga Farmers Market, which is held every Saturday and offers a unique opportunity to sample local produce, meet local farmers and artisans, and enjoy live music and performances. Another must-visit is the d’Arenberg Cube, each of the five levels of the cube have been carefully designed to entice and excite the senses, including features such as a wine sensory room, a virtual fermenter, a 360degree video room, and many other tactile experiences. Visitors to The Cube at d’Arenberg can also experience the Salvador Dali exhibition of monumental sculptures.

The Cube recently played host to an intimate performance by British mega-star Sam Smith who launched their upcoming tour by playing to 250 guests in among the vines in an event to promote McLaren Vale and South Australia to the world.


The Barossa is a food and wine lover’s paradise. With over 150 wineries and an abundance of local produce, this region is a must-visit for anyone who enjoys good food, wine and a rich cultural experience. In addition to its world-class wine, the Barossa is also home to a thriving arts scene, with a number of local galleries, museums and cultural institutions.

One of the must-visit places for art lovers in the Barossa is Seppeltsfield Barossa, which features the Jam Factory, a facility that provides studio space and shop front for professional artisans working in a variety of media, including knife making, ceramics, millinery, glass and leather as well as DRAGAN Fine Art Photography Gallery, a collection of fine art print celebrating the Barossa and beyond.

Seppeltsfield also recently played host to Grapes of Mirth, a festival that brings together Comedy and Wine hosted by wine loving comedian and media personality Merrick Watts. Lovers of comedy, fine food and delicious wine can also snap up the remaining tickets to Grapes of Mirth at Penley Estate in the Coonawarra on 18 March 2023.

The Riverland

The Riverland is a region that is known for its abundant natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. With a range of cultural attractions, from vineyards and orchards to historic towns and riverfront parks, this region is perfect for anyone looking to immerse themselves in local culture.

A must experience cultural attraction for locals and visitors alike is the River Fringe. Adelaide’s famous Fringe Festival has a rural offshoot in and around the Loxton Waikerie area. Take in a show while enjoying stunning wine and food from the local area. You can download the guide here. 

Festival by the river


South Australia’s 18 wine regions are a rich tapestry of cultural experiences, with a range of cultural attractions and art scenes that are sure to captivate travellers. Whether you’re looking to sample world-class wine, discover local history and culture, or simply escape to the beautiful countryside, Adelaide, South Australia has something for everyone.