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Sustainable wineries around Adelaide: The top 10

The South Australian tourism commission has designated 2021 the Year of South Australian Wine so it’s the perfect time to consider an exploration (and sampling) of the top ten sustainable wineries in and around Adelaide. These wineries are focused on sustainability; on water and energy management, on lowering their carbon footprint and managing yields to best balance productivity and environmental care and on support for the region and communities as a whole to ensure a resilient and thriving industry.

Sustainable wineries offer tastings
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Sustainable wineries in McLaren Vale

 McLaren vale is the birthplace of the South Australian wine industry, internationally renowned for its quality wines and its focus on sustainability. The region’s climate-appropriate plantings make them best known for their Shiraz, ultra-premium Grenache and Cabernet varieties. Spanish and Italian varieties such as Fiano, Vermentino, Tempranillo and Sangiovese are also well-represented in this Mediterranean climate.
https://mclarenvale.info/  has plenty of information on the area, the wineries, the grapes, wine production and many sustainability stories and info.

Coriole

Bringing a taste of the Mediterranean, Coriole has been producing Sangiovese, Fiano and Piquepoul varieties for the last 50 years and counting. Family owned and managed, the vineyard has incorporated sustainability principles throughout. Coriole uses renewable energy, regeneration projects and recycled water, and they even grow their own produce for their seasonal menu (worth the trip alone).
Restaurant: Yes

Gemtree Wines

Gemtree is one of the region’s top organic & biodynamic vineyards with a simple philosophy when it comes to winemaking – with minimal intervention and environmentally conscious farming systems. While you’re here, make sure to book a guided tour to better understand the biodynamic practices or an Indigenous cultural tour to learn more about the local area from cultural custodian Karl Winda Telfer.
Restaurant: Tasting platter only

d’Arenberg

You simply can’t come to South Australia and miss the d’Arenberg Cube! Visit the iconic tasting room along with the onsite restaurant, café, and museum. Not only are d’Arenberg certified organic and biodynamic winemakers, but they also use solar and agist sheep to manage the surrounding land. With plenty of vegan, vegetarian, gluten and dairy free items on the menu, this winery certainly caters for everyone.
Restaurant: Yes

Angove Family Winemakers

Now a fifth-generation family business, Angove Family Winemakers are a leading organic (and vegan) winery who pride themselves on their commitment to sustainability. When it comes to taste, you can expect that classic South Australian full-bodied Shiraz along with lighter varietals such as Pinot & Chardonnay. Be sure to check the website before your visit for their line-up of music events at the cellar door.
Restaurant: No

Paxton

Once home to a historic 1980s sheep farm and village, today Paxton vineyards produce high quality organic wines using biodynamic viticulture practices. You’ll also find a variety of plant life (and beehives) between the rows, which provide dense nutrients for the soil and promote grape pollination for the vines. This charming cellar door is set amongst the vines with sweeping views of McLaren Vale and its surrounds.
Restaurant: Tasting platter (seasonal)

Unique restaurant and tasting room
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Sustainable wineries in the Barossa Valley

Only 70kms from Adelaide, the Barossa Valley is one of the oldest and finest regions of the South Australian wine industry. Encompassing both the Barossa and Eden Valleys, here are climates appropriate to both warm and cool grape varieties. Wine is a way of life here with many wineries dating back many generations – visit and taste. For more information on the area, sustainability initiatives and tourist activities check out https://www.barossa.com/

Hayes Family Wines

Certified organic, Hayes Family Wines produce unique styles that champion the region’s varieties – Semillon, Shiraz, Grenache & Mataro. Sustainable practices are used throughout the vineyard, utilising solar energy, collecting rainwater, and regenerating nearby natural bushlands. Guided tours of the (secret) single vineyard are available, as well as Tawny tastings and barrel tastings – perfect for the actual (or amateur) connoisseur.
Restaurant: No

Hutton Vale Farm

Renowned for their fine wine, hand-made produce, and quality wool, Hutton Vale Farm is a seventh-generation winery, situated amid the classic Barossa landscape. Sustainability is at the heart of everything they do, from solar energy to tree planting, water conservation to weed control (with a little help from their sheep). Note: Hutton Vale Farm is open by appointment only.
Restaurant: No

Kalleske

The oldest organic and biodynamic winery in the Barossa, Kalleske, has been certified since 1998 and has been a custodian of the land for over 150 years. Expect to find those classic Barossa deep reds, along with aromatic whites and vintage fortified wines. With many experiences on offer, check out their masterclasses and summer events.
Restaurant: Tasting platter only

Sustainable wineries in the Adelaide Hills

Only a short drive from Adelaide, you will discover some of the state’s best (and sustainably operated) wineries and restaurants. This is a region of cool-climate reds and premium whites – indulge in the varieties you love and discover new tastes from sustainable, organic, biodynamic and natural winemakers.  https://www.visitadelaidehills.com.au/

Sinclair’s Gully

Set in the picturesque Adelaide Hills, Sinclair’s Gully is a sustainable winery who are environmentally and community driven. Being a biodynamic vineyard, their winemaking practices include a 100% recycling program, the use of renewable energies and the collection and reuse of rainwater. As far as taste goes, their Wooded Chardonnay is an absolute crowd pleaser!
Restaurant: No

Ngeringa

Certified in 1993, Ngeringa is a biodynamic vineyard committed to quality wine, revegetation, and organic produce. Their high-quality wines embody the region’s terroir, including crisp Chardonnay, spicy Pinot Noir, and a vibrant Syrah.
Restaurant: No, however biodynamic produce is available

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Lexi Connors
Lexi is an ethical travel writer based in Melbourne, she is currently studying a Master of International Sustainable Tourism Management and is passionate about hiking, surfing, finding that perfect cup of coffee and of course, sustainability!