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The dream gets even better when you stay over at one of the many wineries offering overnight accommodation. If you want to wake up with views across the vineyards, these are some of the best winery sleepovers near Adelaide.
The place where Australia’s wine industry began, McLaren Vale boasts beaches that top the Instagram charts and vineyards run by passionate and knowledgeable locals. It’s also less than an hour’s drive south of Adelaide.
Hotel California Road @ Inkwell Wines
This three-suite micro hotel, run by Dudley and Irina Brown, is one of McLaren Vale’s newest openings. Rooms have massive windows overlooking the vines, free-standing bath tubs and a Bluetooth sound bar. The Browns like to keep things simple, producing delicious Inkwell wines with just one tractor, one de-stemmer, one press, a few small fermenters and Daisy the dog.
The Vineyard Retreat McLaren Vale
Located on a 15 acre working vineyard, the four guesthouses that make up the Vineyard Retreat offer a truly unique experience. Grab some local wine from the complimentary minibar before watching the sun set from the private deck. Each house has BBQ facilities too, and there’s a communal jacuzzi high in the vineyard looking down over Gulf St Vincent.
For a truly romantic getaway, it’s hard to beat the private guesthouse at Shadow Creek. As it’s the only accommodation on the property, you’ll have the whole place to yourself. Grab the picnic set and go for a peaceful stroll through the vines or stay in and enjoy the local wine and craft beer stocked in the room. There’s a log fireplace so you can stay cosy on cold winter nights, and huge double doors so you can bask in the sunshine during the summer. Oh, and every window has a view of the ocean.
The Adelaide Hills – just 20 minutes to the east of Adelaide city – is home to vineyards producing cool climate wines, quaint German settlements like Hahndorf and Lobethal and some seriously hip destination dining spots. If you’re looking for the quintessential Australian experience you can get up close to kangaroos and koalas at Cleland Wildlife Park and in Morialta National Park’s bushland. Amazing accommodation on, or close to, wineries in the Hills includes:
Inspired by Scandinavian design, the cute CABN is one of many tiny houses scattered throughout Australia. This one – Jude – sleeps up to four people. Surrounded by 180 acres of natural scrubland, and next to a conservation park where you can enjoy long hikes, it’s the ideal place to get back to nature and take a digital detox. It’s off-grid and self-contained, so enjoy the provided board games after a day out exploring the local vineyards.
Longview Vineyard has 12 luxurious suites and a homestead, all of which have balconies with sweeping views across the vines. You check in for your stay at the cellar door, where you can also sample the award-winning tipples produced on-site. There’s also a restaurant where you can indulge in long, lazy Italian lunches or pick up a home-cooked meal prepared by the chef to heat up later in your suite.
Mount Lofty House
It’s hard to believe this boutique hotel is just 15 minutes from downtown Adelaide. A truly luxurious escape, the hotel has an on-site spa and fine dining restaurant. Some rooms have four poster beds, and you can upgrade to a more luxurious option such as the tower suite – which is set across two floors and has sweeping views over the grounds and swimming pool. You can also book fantastic wine tours of the Adelaide Hills from the property.
Home to names like Penfolds, Wolf Blass and Jacob’s Creek, the Barossa is arguably Australia’s most famous wine region. As well as those household name brands there are 150 other vineyards and 80 cellar doors to visit. When you’re not sipping wine, take a hot air balloon ride over the region or pick up some locally grown produce at the Saturday farmer’s market in Angaston. The Barossa is just over an hour’s drive from Adelaide.
This family-run vineyard is ideal if you’re looking for a rustic – but still luxurious – winery sleepover in South Australia. Staying here is a special experience, as the land has been owned by the Angas family since the European settlement times – and remains as a working farm and vineyard to this day.
The farm’s two accommodation options are the reworked Hutch Hilton cabin and the cosy J.H.A Stone Cellar. The cabin has an indoor/outdoor kitchen, board games and a roaring log fire while the cellar has original stone walls, and huge glass windows with an incredible view. Boasting its own airstrip you can arrive in style, before enjoying some superb home cooking served with the farm’s award winning wines.
Jacob’s Estate Cottage
Walking distance from the Jacob’s Creek visitor centre, and right next to St Hugo cellar door, this restored settler’s cottage is the ideal choice for a group holiday. It sleeps up to six people and has lots of places to gather, including an outdoor dining area with a gas barbecue.
It’s all about gastronomic tourism at this vineyard retreat, one of the Luxury Lodges of Australia collective It has a fine dining restaurant – Appellation – where you can sample five course tasting menus crafted from the best local Barossa produce. Each of the rooms is fitted with premium amenities like king size beds fitted with luxury linen and BOSE speakers so you can listen to your own music. Enjoy a sunrise picnic breakfast with kangaroos in native bushland or soak up the Southern sun and enjoy a dip in the infinity-edge pool.
Just under two hours north of Adelaide, the Clare Valley is famous for its cool climate wines – especially Riesling. With rolling hills, swaying wheat fields and towns dating back to the 19th century, it’s a gorgeous place to explore on two (or four) wheels.
The perfect spot for a romantic or family gathering, Bukirk Glamping has four large tents set around an outdoor firepit where you can toast marshmallows and share tales of adventure. Each tent has a private deck perfect for sipping local wine while enjoying the view, and inside you’ll find proper beds – no sleeping bag required.
Bed in a Shed
Don’t let the cutesy name fool you, Bed in a Shed is a truly luxurious getaway. It has opulent beds with luxurious linens, and the bathroom is decorated by artists. Set on an acreage vineyard, it has incredible views. You can enjoy them while tucking into the breakfast provisions provided each morning, or in the evening when you hit the barbecue.
Thorn Park by the Vines
Surrounded by private bushland and vineyards, Thorn Park by the Vines is a real country escape – you can often spot kangaroos hopping about in the mornings. With just three rooms it feels truly relaxed and intimate – a delightful home from home. If you don’t want to venture far for dinner, there’s a restaurant on-site where you can enjoy meals paired with local wine from the hotel cellar.
Those are just a few of the vineyard escapes a stone’s throw from Adelaide. With so many boutique hotel and glamping accommodation available, overnighting at a vineyard – or two – is the best way to immerse yourself in some of South Australia’s most acclaimed wine regions.
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