World Class Wines
The Fleurieu Peninsula is home to two of Australia's best wine regions in the world.
The McLaren Vale Wine Region, famous for its Shiraz, has an abundance of contemporary cellar doors beautiful sprawling wineries. With countless international medals and trophies, including two Jimmy Watsons (Australia's most sought after wine award), McLaren Vale winemakers know how to make seriously good wine.
John Reynell planted the region's first grapes in 1838, employing a young labourer named Thomas Hardy and laying the foundations of two dynasties that would dominate the region for more than a century.
You can check out John Reynell's original hand-excavated cellar in use in the gardens of Hardy's Reynella winery by making an appointment.
Today, the region stretching from the hills to the ocean boasts around 100 cellar doors. Cool sea breezes benefit the vineyards around Goolwa at Currency Creek, producing premium drops. Southern Fleurieu is also an emerging wine region, with maritime influenced wines.
The Langhorne Creek Wine Region, on the eastern edge of the Fleurieu Peninsula, has provided more fruit for Jimmy Watson trophy winners than any other Australian grape growing region.
Only one hour drive from Adelide through the stunning Adelaide Hills to Strathalbyn. As well as being one of Australia's oldest wine regions, Langhorne Creek is one of the fastest growing and already the third largest grape producing area in South Australia. Traditionally a red growing region, its best known for outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.