With winter just around the corner, South Australia’s wine regions offer many a snug places to cosy up with a glass of South Australian red. Here are five wineries with cracking fireplaces and a wide choice of vintage reds to help ward off the winter chills.
McLaren Vale: Maxwell Wines
Set on the top of a hill, Maxwell Wines has views across the vineyards and down to Maxwell’s soon to be famous hedge maze. As you step inside the cellar door you’ll be instantly greeted by the warmth of a traditional open fireplace. Pull up a drift wood throne chair and have one of their staff pour you a glass of their best selling 2014 ‘Silver Hammer’ Shiraz.
Adelaide Hills: Bird in Hand
One of South Australia’s most known wine labels, Bird in Hand’s cellar door is set to impress. Located just 45 minutes from the Adelaide CBD, Bird in Hand manages to keep a cosy feeling whilst providing ample space for visitors. On entry, take off your winter coat – you won’t need it in this snug cellar door – and grab a glass of the 2013 Merlot.
Barossa Valley: Peter Lehmann Wines
Nestled in South Australia’s most visited wine region stands the stone walls of a cottage dating back to the 1880s. This luxury cellar door boasts a beautiful open fireplace that will warm the hearts of many a visitor all winter. Paired with a glass of Peter Lehmann Wines‘ 2014 VSV 1885 Shiraz, you’ll never want to leave.
Clare Valley: Eldridge Vineyard and Restaurant
Situated in one of Australia’s oldest wine regions, Eldridge Vineyards and Restaurant is a classic winery that won’t fail to deliver. Throw on a warm jacket and stroll around the large pond before enjoying a glass of their finest and settling in for the afternoon next to their roaring fireplace. If you love your reds, try a glass of their 2013 ‘The Reserve’ Malbec.
Coonawarra: Katnook Estate
This idealistic wine estate boasts a wonderful ‘walk in’ Terra Rossa experience, showcasing Coonawarra’s famous soil profile. Once inside you’ll soon feel the warmth of Katnook’s intimate fireplace and smell the aromas of the wines on offer. Try the 2013 Katnook ‘The Caledonian‘ which blends Shiraz and Cabernet parcels.