With its rich winemaking and grape growing heritage and a profound and unique German influence, the Barossa Valley is probably Australia's most famous wine region, asserting not only its importance to the wine sector but also the inestimable value of its storehouse of century-old vines and historic wineries. Shiraz is, by a considerable distance, the best wine grown in the Barossa Valley.
A bit further south and right on the coastline, the McLaren Vale region has used its scenic landscape, Mediterranean climate and passionate winemakers to build a reputation for consistently great wines. Based on its ongoing water use efficiency strategies and commitment to environmental sustainability, McLaren Vale is also considered the greenest wine region in Australia, with minimal chemical pest and disease management.
At the very south of SA, the region of Coonawarra has made its unique mark based on a small yet magic tract of “terra rossa” soil. The region has a long viticultural history dating back to 1890, and led by Wynns and Penfolds, the region played a leading role in transforming the focus of the Australian wine industry from fortified wines to conventional table wines. The vividly red “terra rossa” of Coonawarra is Australia's most famous soil, and has laid the foundation for producing some of Australia's greatest Cabernet Sauvignon.