With 18 wine regions, and counting, South Australia is truly the place to be for wine lovers. Most people who come here know the top three regions: Barossa, Clare Valley and McLaren Vale. However, go farther afield and you will discover not only new favourites, but some amazing scenery as well.
The culture of wine is perhaps the biggest in South Australia as we celebrate each new blend as it comes onto the market.
This month Adelaide held a winter edition of Cellar Door Fest where many new and lesser known wine regions were on display. Many are family run and owned where they have introduced their own unique blends.
Three of those regions who appeared at Cellar Door Fest and are on the rise, and my new favourites, are:
A few of my new favourite wines were discovered from these regions. A moscato, a semi dry rose and a refreshing sauvignon blanc.
Although I am not a big red wine fan, I did find a couple of organic blends which could convince me to give red another try.
While Cellar Door Fest is mainly about showcasing the wines of South Australia, it is also a social event for people to meet. You can enjoy a few tastings, listen to live music and catchup with friends and colleagues.
To fully appreciate the regions, it is well worth taking a weekend to explore what is on offer. Many of the cellar doors have accommodation packages now where you can stay overnight after a long, relaxing lunch.