Adelaide to Clare Valley
Relax on a road trip across the Epicurean way
Looking to get away from the grind? From the seaside wineries of McLaren Vale to the rolling hills of the Barossa Valley, there’s no better place to relax than between the vines. And with an endless expanse of country and coastal attractions, the fun doesn’t have to stop at the cellar doors. Start planning your road trip through South Australia’s wine regions with a car hire from Europcar.
As the gateway to some of Australia’s best wine regions and beaches, it’s easy to set your sights beyond the CBD. But before you pick up your car hire and set off to the city’s nearby attractions, you’ll want to leave time for an urban adventure. Soak up the sun on one of the inner-city beaches, catch a performance at one of the famous annual festivals or tuck in to Adelaide’s up-and-coming restaurant and bar scene to fuel the journey ahead.
McLaren Vale 40.5 km
Located less than an hour from Adelaide’s CBD, McLaren Vale is the first stop on your itinerary and a cracking way to start your trip. Here, you’ll be able to create your own wine blend at the iconic d’Arenberg Cube before exploring the contemporary art museum and cellar door. Book in for a degustation lunch at the restaurant or head to The Currant Shed instead, where you can tuck in to Modern Australian fare with lush garden views. Got a love for local produce? Don’t forget to follow McLaren Vale’s famous McMurtrie Mile, which boasts wineries, restaurants and a brewery all on one road.
Adelaide Hills 63 km
Once you’ve had your fill of McLaren Vale’s food and drink, you can satisfy your sweet tooth in the Adelaide Hills. Head to Hahndorf Hill’s ChocoVino to sample chocolate and wine or opt for a gourmet cheese platter at one the nearby fromageries, from Udder Delights to Woodside Cheese Wrights. If you’re spending the night in the Adelaide Hills, you can enjoy unforgettable views at The Lane Vineyard’s restaurant before stopping in at Beerenberg Farm the following morning to pick some fresh strawberries for the road.
Barossa Valley 38.5 km
En route to the Barossa, make a pit stop at the Lobethal Bierhaus to sample a selection of award-winning pale ales and pilsners before continuing on to some of the country’s most well-known wineries. Stop at the Jacob's Creek Visitor Centre for tours, tastings and interactive experiences, then head to Seppeltsfield Estate, where you can sample vintage tawny port harkening back to your birth year. Before the sun sets for the day, fill a picnic basket with amazing products from Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop, or spoil yourself with an indulgent dining experience at Hentley Farm.
Clare Valley 108 km
Get one last taste of the Barossa’s world-famous Shiraz at Wolf Blass before continuing your journey to the Clare Valley. Home to roughly 40 wineries and cellar doors, this cooler climate wine region specialises in crisp Rieslings, with Annie’s Lane and Sevenhill Cellars topping the list of must-visit vineyards. Leave your car hire behind for the day and follow the Riesling Trail on two feet or two wheels, taking in views of the vines along the way. Or, if you’ve got time to spare, extend your food and wine journey in the spectacular Southern Flinders Ranges, where you can sample Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz in one of Australia’s most promising young wine regions.
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For more road trip ideas in South Australia, visit the South Australian Tourism Commission website.