South Australian Wine Country

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South Australia is well regarded for its sauvignon blanc and chardonnay, but big, powerful shirazes have come to define Australian wines. And although the grape is also nurtured—often to great acclaim—in Clare Valley and McLaren Vale, its greatest success has been in Barossa.

South Australian Wine Country Vineyards

Burge Family

A boutique “cellar door” (as Australians call tasting rooms) where colorful winemaker Rick Burge has cultivated a following for his hands-off approach to viticulture.

Lyndoch, 011-61-8-8524-4644,
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Mount Horrocks Wines

Winemaker Stephanie Toole produces a fine traditional riesling here, not to mention a dessert wine trumpeted by Wine Spectator. Mount Horrocks’ tasting room is out of an old train depot, and the rail corridor has been converted to a 17-mile route suitable for easy cycling.

The Old Railway Station; Curling St., 011-61-8-8849-2202,
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The valley’s oldest winery, Sevenhill was founded in 1851 by Jesuits who migrated to Australia in the late 1840s to flee persecution. Today they’re known for riesling and sacramental wines.

Clare Valley, 011- 61-8-8843-4222,
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Torbreck Vintners

This cult favorite produces several notable wines, the most famous being the basket-pressed RunRig.

Roennfeldt Rd., Marananga, 011-61-8-8562-4155,
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Two Hands

Occupying a quirky stone cottage, Two Hands arrived on the scene in 1999, but the label quickly climbed to Barossa’s top rungs thanks to memorable bottles like Bella’s Garden and Ares.

Neldner Rd., Marananga, 011-61-8-8568-7900,
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Wirra Wirra Vineyards

Established in 1894 by noted cricketer Robert Strangways Wigley, Wirra is home to the ever-popular Church Block Cabernet, the RSW Shiraz (named after the winery’s founder), and the award-winning Angelus.

McMurtrie Rd., 011-61-8-8323-8414,
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