South Australian Winery Recommendations
As South Australia is the wine capital, we are spoilt for choice when providing recommendations on where guests to the hotel should visit when they are staying with us. Our Concierge team have provided a handful of their own personal recommendations for each of the South Australian regions.
Hentley Farm is set among the rolling hills on the banks of Greenock Creek at Seppeltsfield and their intimate cellar door is housed in the property’s original 1840’s homestead. James Halliday, Australia’s most famous and respected wine critics has announced Hentley Farm Winery of the Year at the 2015 Australian Wine Companion Awards. Nineteen of the Hentley Farm wines received 94 points or higher including five at 97 points and two 98 points.
Hentley Farm is also home to an amazing restaurant, that is intimate and is located in the elegantly restored stables set amongst the vines, and promises to take you on a journey of pleasure, discovery and intrigue each time you visit!
The intimate cellar door is housed in the original 1840’s homestead that has been painstakingly restored back to it’s original charm and open 7 days a week from 11 am – 5 pm.
Charles Melton is a Barossa winery that has produced premium Barossa red wines since 1984. It was in the mid 80’s that Charlie and a small band of Barossa winemakers turned their winemaking efforts to what was considered then a couple of unfashionable varieties; Shiraz and Grenache.
The cellar door is open seven days a week for tasting from 11 am – 5 pm and also offers veranda dining with a local vineyard lunch everyday from 12 – 3 pm. It is a lovely experience to sit outside whilst eating lunch and enjoying the view of the vineyard!
Rockford Winery is located on Krondorf road in the lovely town of Tanunda. Rockford Wines are rich in heritage and are quite famous for their basket press and alicante bouchet to name just a few. The Cellar Door is open from 11 am – 5 pm daily.
Samuel’s Gorge was established by wine maker Justin McNamee in 2003 in a farm shed built in 1853 that overlooks the Onkaparinga River National Park located in McLaren Vale. The name and label is an impression of the rugged landscape that you can view from the winery. The wines of Samuel’s Gorge are hand crafted wines that are distinctly Australian with reference to the old world for texture, complexity and harmony. The cellar door is open for tasting every day from 11 am – 5 pm, and we would suggest visiting on a clear day so when you are trying the amazing red wines you can also enjoy the fantastic view of Samuel’s Gorge!
Coriole Vineyards was established in McLaren Vale by the Lloyd family in 1967 and the main varietals that they produce are shiraz, sangiovese and chenin blanc.
The Cellar Door at Coriole opened in 1972 in the old ironstone barn built in 1860. The Coriole Cellar Door is open every day except Good Friday and Christmas Day, 10 am – 5 pm Monday to Friday and 11 am – 5 pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Apart from our well know wines, there are always opportunities to taste wines exclusively available in cellar door. This may include rare single vineyard shiraz that have been chosen as part of the McLaren Vale Scarce Earth project, the ever popular “Dancing Fig” or perhaps a Mourvedre.
The cellar door also stocks Coriole food products such as Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Kalamata Olives.
Courtyard lunches are available at Coriole on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Reservations are from 12pm till 2.30pm and are highly recommended. The Restaurant is housed in the rustic looking courtyard complete with a fireplace and the enclosed Veranda of rolling “Tuscan” views of the Vale. Or – on a fine day – al fresco dining is available in the gardens, terrace or under one of the Mulberry, Moreton Bay, or Chinese Elm trees.
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