Join us as we discover the wine of Adelaide and South Australia — 1 June 2021

Discover what makes the vineyard city of Adelaide and surrounding wine regions so special at a free live online event with wine expert Olly Smith and other selected guests.

By National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Published 5 May 2021, 14:38 BST, Updated 9 Jun 2021, 16:41 BST
Learn about the region’s highlights with the makers and tasters who make it unique.

Learn about the region’s highlights with the makers and tasters who make it unique.

Photograph by South Australian Tourism Commission, National Geographic Traveller

Who’s taking part?

Discover what makes the vineyard city of Adelaide and surrounding wine regions so special at a free live online event with Olly Smith and friends. The multi-award-winning wine expert, TV personality, author and columnist will be joined by an expert panel — including esteemed wine writer Nina Caplan, naturalist and broadcaster Nick Baker and Australian chef and restaurateur Alexis Noble — who’ll reveal their secret spots and insider tips.


What’s it about?

Learn about the very best wines and the passionate people behind their labels, where to see native wildlife, and more on the innovative food scene that South Australia is so famous for in a fascinating panel discussion, including short films from winemakers and tasters.

Can I join in for free?

You’ll be able to taste the best of Adelaide’s wine regions along with our panel — a list of wines which are easily available to purchase along with detailed tasting notes will be sent to you before the event. The event itself is free but you can also buy a VIP ticket.

What do the VIP tickets offer?

Our limited number of VIP tickets include a tasting box with six wines to try, plus tasting notes and information about the wineries and regions. The tickets, costing £30, also give exclusive access to the panel in a separate 30-minute Q&A. There are only 100 VIP tickets available, so get yours now to make sure you don't miss out.

What’ll be discussed?

We’ll be talking about the people, food, drink and landscapes that make this such an aspirational destination, as well as discussing how to spend a trip discovering the jaw-dropping scenery, abundant wildlife, vibrant city life and iconic coastal culture. Find out more about the Epicurean Way road trip, embracing four wine regions easily accessible from Adelaide — Adelaide Hills, Barossa, McLaren Vale and Clare Valley. We’ll discover why Australia’s vineyard capital, Adelaide, should be on your must-visit list — not only is it a thriving, internationally acclaimed food and drink scene, it’s home to over 200 cellar doors within an hour’s drive. We’ll discuss wine regions such as the Limestone Coast, known for its robust reds, and Kangaroo Island. We’d love to take you with us on our own journey through South Australia’s varied and beautiful wine regions.

Olly Smith’s five top tips for Adelaide and South Australia

Presenter Olly Smith gave us his five personal recommendations for a perfect South Australian trip.

Head to the Clare Valley
Just 90 minutes north from the vineyard city of Adelaide is the gorgeous Clare Valley wine region, home to Leasingham, a winery established in 1893 that’s still making delicious Riesling, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon today.

  • Experience winemaking history
    Langmeil is a stunning family winery and cellar door in the Barossa Valley that’s made a huge contribution to the remarkable history of Aussie winemaking. It’s home to what’s believed to be the world’s oldest shiraz vineyard. The three-hour Freedom Experience tour there immerses you in the fascinating heritage of this very special winemaking region. 

  • Get inside the Cube
    No trip to Adelaide would be complete without a visit to the d’Arenberg Cube on the pristine Fleurieu Peninsula. The vision of fourth generation winemaker Chester Osborn, the Cube features a wine-inhalation room, eclectic art installations, an Alternate Realities Museum, and a tasting room with views across McLaren Vale. Also make time to check out Coriole Vineyards just down the road.

  • Make time for cricket
    I love cricket and one of the best grounds in the world is the Adelaide Oval, in the heart of the city and its parklands. Life doesn’t get much better than watching England beat Australia under Adelaide’s big sunny skies.

  • See the native wildlife
    I’m passionate about wine but my love of wildlife comes a close second. Kangaroo Island is the best place to see native Aussie animals in the wild. Think koalas, echidnas, dolphins, long-nosed fur seals, sea lions and, of course, a lot of kangaroos. It’s a 30-minute flight from Adelaide, but my top tip is to hire a car and drive down to the ferry terminal, spending a few days in the McLaren Vale wine region as you head south.

    Find out more at our fantastic event.

    Time: 19.00 BST
    Date: 1 June 2021
    Format: A one-hour panel discussion moderated by Olly Smith, with special expert guests. Includes a wine tasting and travel suggestions.
    VIP ticket: Upgrade and receive your very own tasting box with six wines for £30. Includes an exclusive 30-minute Q&A session with the experts. Limited to UK residents only.

    *External link. This event is organised by APL Media Limited, publishers of National Geographic Traveller (UK). Any personal data submitted will be processed in accordance with APL Media Limited's privacy policy, available here.

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