In 2015–16, South Australia’s wine industry generated $AUS2.11 bn in revenue, with $AUS1.34 bn of this from wine exports, and in July 2016, Adelaide / South Australia became a member of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network, recognising excellence in all aspects of its wine industry including wine grape production, winemaking, research and development, tourism and education.
Eighteen distinct wine regions span across South Australia, including the Adelaide Hills, Barossa, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and Clare Valley. In fact, more than 200 of cellar doors are within an hour’s drive of the city centre of Adelaide, the capital of South Australia.
This state has a unique history of winemaking. The region is one of the few places in the world that is free of the grape vine destroying pest phylloxera, and the local producers make almost 80% of the nation’s premium wine from some of the oldest vines in the world. With these credentials, it’s no wonder Adelaide is known as Australia’s wine capital.
National wine industry associations, major wine education and research and development institutions all have their headquarters in South Australia, providing leadership in winemaking and viticulture intellect and expertise.
Today, the South Australian wine industry supports not only highly regarded, established wine producers, but also a large number of exciting young, innovative winemakers who embrace the use of alternative varietals and natural winemaking principles with minimal interventions and organic farming techniques.