Every day is a wine and food day in and around Adelaide - The Wine Capital of Australia. Your journey starts when you download our free iPhone and Android App: 365daysofwineandfood to discover everything from secretive cellar door tastings to “in the know” restaurant food/wine pairings to major regional wine festivals.
The Wine Capital
Adelaide will always be just a little bit different from the rest of Australia. Small but liveable, we embrace culture, innovation, food…and of course wine.
The most charmingly European of all our nation’s capitals, Adelaide was established in 1836 as the centrepiece of a unique New World colonial experiment.
Founded on the premise of political, religious and social freedom, rather than convicts, hardworking English and German farmers and craftsmen flocked here for peace and equality.
They found a Mediterranean climate of cool winters and warm summers, similar to Italy, Spain and the South of France – an environment ideal for grape growing and winemaking.
The first table wines were made in Adelaide in 1841 and soon after, ambitious growers spread in every direction to create regions such as the Barossa, McLaren Vale, Clare and Coonawarra, Langhorne Creek and the Riverland, Wrattonbully and the Adelaide Hills.
By the early 1900s Adelaide had become the centre for wine production in Australia and its fame spread internationally – the British Raj in India, the Aussie Diggers in World War I and even Douglas Mawson on his explorations to Antarctica, all enjoyed more than one bottle of our fortified wine.
Through the 1930s and 1940s the city and the state became famous for wine science innovation and education and in the 1950s winemaker Max Schubert travelled to Bordeaux in France and on his return created Penfolds Grange.
Now this iconic Australian Shiraz has inspired hundreds of other winemakers to innovate and create some of the most awarded and collectable wines in the world, making us the largest producer of premium and super-premium wine in the country and a mecca for winelovers.
Whether you’re from Beijing, Birmingham, Baltimore or Brisbane, you’ll soon discover that a trip to Adelaide is entering a gateway to 18 diverse wine regions, more than 600 wineries and thousands of wine discoveries…and we are open every day of the year.
The Foodies Capital
Due to its Mediterranean climate South Australia has always been the food bowl of Australia, producing much of the barley which goes into our famous beers, wheat for bread and pasta, as well as lamb, beef, pork and fresh fruits and vegetables.
As a visitor, if you want to see the illustration of Adelaide’s food capital credentials start at the famous Adelaide Central Market in the city centre, where you can taste the freshest produce in the country and bargain with market gardeners, butchers, bakers, cheese makers and fish mongers.
Then take your tastebuds on a tour, to sample the diversity and freshness of our regions.
Just a few minutes from the city centre you can enjoy artisan cheeses and cherries, apples and pears in the Adelaide Hills.
Or strike south to sample olives and almonds from McLaren Vale, marron and yabbies from Kangaroo Island, grass fed Angas beef from the Coorong and rock lobster from Port McDonald.
Head out west to Eyre Peninsula and try tuna or mussels from Port Lincoln, oysters from Coffin Bay and Streaky Bay and whiting from Ceduna.
Or drive north from Adelaide to find mettwurst and kassler and grain fed chooks in the Barossa, honey and durum pasta in Clare and saltbush lamb in the Flinders Ranges.
Or you can drive out east to enjoy the bounty of the Riverland – oranges, lemons, apricots and peaches – while cruising along the mighty Murray on a houseboat.
And be sure to visit our creative and innovative regional and urban restaurants where you’ll find a fusion of European and Asian flavours married with the best produce in the world.
If you can’t make a picnic or a feast from the clean, green produce leaping from the paddocks and seas of South Australia, then you’re no foodie.