1. Down The Rabbit Hole Wines, McLaren Vale
Go Down The Rabbit Hole and see the world through rosé coloured glasses on the Fleurieu Peninsula. With a vintage double decker bus converted into a unique tasting room, Mediterranean style cellar door, sprawling lawns, a tree swing, bordering vineyards and blossom-tinged orchards to match the rosé, Down The Rabbit Hole Wines is one of the most Instagram worthy wineries on the Fleurieu Peninsula. The warmer climate of McLaren Vale offers up fruity rosé styles and Down The Rabbit Hole’s Friends & Lovers Rosé is no exception. With a watermelon pink colour and hints of white peach and summer berries, this rosé was made for summer day sessions.
2. K1 Cellar Door, Kuitpo
Sip rosé lakeside at K1 Wines. Near Kuitpo Forest, the vines here grow in idyllic cool-climate conditions resulting in premium wines including a single-estate rosé blended with 80% Durif and 20% pinot noir. With an avenue of London Plane trees that lead to the romantic lake-house cellar door, a deck overlooking the water and surrounded by rolling vineyards, K1 is one of the most picturesque cellar doors in Australia and was named among Australia’s Top 10 Cellar Door Experiences by leading wine industry publication, Wine Business Magazine.
3. Cobbs Hill Estate, Oakbank
Take time to stop and smell the rosé surrounded by Cobbs Hill Estate’s manicured gardens. The perfect destination to drink in summer, and a pale pink rosé, Cobbs Hill Estate is nestled in the middle of a 250-acre Adelaide Hills property, just over 30 minutes from the city. Throw down a picnic rug under a shady tree, grab a bottle of their Mail Run Rosé and a gourmet platter and sip away the day framed by stunning gardens.
4. Golding Wines, Lobethal
High on a hill lies Golding Wines, where a single-estate rosé awaits. Made from 100% estate grown pinot noir and awarded 93 points in the Halliday Wine Companion 2020, the salmon-pink rosé is crisp with classic pinot characters of strawberries and cream. Pair it with a wood-fired pizza nestled among the Lobethal winery’s award-winning gardens or pull up a seat in the rustic stone cellar door and spend an afternoon sipping rosé and sampling Golding’s other delicious drops.
5. Kimbolton Wines, Langhorne Creek
These kitted out industrial shipping containers, designed by renowned architect Damien Chwalisz, create the perfect spot to sip rosé all day at Kimbolton Wines. Take a bottle of the crisp, fresh and dry Montepulciano Rosé to the rooftop deck and soak in views across Langhorne Creek’s vineyards or while away the afternoon with a regionally inspired platter playing lawn games below. Bring the kids along too, with cordial and cheese flights available during school holidays.
6. David Franz Cellar Door, Stonewell
Crafting small batch wines in the heart of the Barossa, David Franz is one of the region’s best kept secrets. An 1860’s cottage has been lovingly restored and turned into a quirky cellar door with epic views over the vineyards and a beautiful deck area to soak it all in. Snag a sun lounge and a bottle of the Red Rosé and settle in for the afternoon. The rich Barossa soils result in a deeply fruity rosé reminiscent of ripe raspberries and toffee apple. The fruit has been hand plucked and incorporates more than 100 varieties.
7. Sidewood Estate, Hahndorf
Kick back on a luxury day bed set among manicured gardens as a waiter brings rosé straight to you. Hahndorf’s Sidewood Estate is the perfect spot to catch up with friends over a glass or few of famed Adelaide Hills cool-climate wines paired with incredible food. Book a VIP day bed, pull up a seat in the chic restaurant or snag a spot on the sun filled deck and soak in the idyllic surrounds with a glass of sparkling rosé. Perfect for families, throw down a picnic rug, sip wine and feast on wood-oven pizzas, while the kids are kept busy on the playground.
8. Dudley Wines, Cuttlefish Bay
For coastal views On South Australia’s island paradise and great rosé, head for Kangaroo Island’s Dudley Wines. Perched on the island’s North Coast just a 10-minute drive from Penneshaw, Dudley Wines is Kangaroo Island’s pioneer winery. Relax for the afternoon on the deck with far-reaching views across Backstairs Passage (the section of water separating the island from the mainland) while enjoying Dudley’s locally produced and award-winning wines. Crafted from specially selected shiraz grapes with fresh flavours of red currants, peaches and summer berries, their Pink Bay Rosé was made for warm island days by the beach.
9. The Lane Vineyard, Hahndorf
On the outskirts of Hahndorf just 45 minutes from the Adelaide CBD, The Lane Vineyard is home to a jaw-dropping tasting room, contemporary restaurant, and a textbook perfect cool-climate Adelaide Hills’ Rosé. Taste some of their best wines with a personal tasting or a food-matched wine flight or order a bottle of rosé and stay for lunch. Go behind the scenes of The Lane’s state-of-the-art winery for a crash course in winemaking with head winemaker Turon White. Create an individual master blend, bottle it and take it home to savour later.
10. Ngeringa, Mount Barker Summit
One of the pioneering biodynamic wineries in Australia, Ngeringa is focused on creating sustainable, ecologically minded wines. The Adelaide Hills winery sits just outside Mount Barker on a 75-hectare farm, with five hectares dedicated to vineyards. Their sustainable approach to farming and viticulture is evident as soon as you arrive with a straw bale cellar door and vineyard seamlessly entwined with the farm, which is home to Scottish Highland cows, sheep and chickens, a flourishing paddock overflowing with veggies and extensive revegetation plantings. Here, you can sip wine grown, made and bottled without leaving the estate, including their crisp, savoury-leaning rosé.
11. Brand’s Laira, Coonawarra
When the Laira’ Vineyard founder Captain Stentiford arrived in Coonawarra, the single track rail line had only recently been opened in 1887. Today in the heart of the Coonawarra the old train station borders on one of Brand’s Laira’s most important blocks. The Old Station Rosé is light and crisp, showing lovely refreshing aromas and flavours of strawberry and cherry with a hint of tropical fruit.
12. Barley Stacks Wines, South Kilkerran
Barley Stacks Wines is the first commercial vineyard and winery to be established on the traditional barley belt of the Yorke Peninsula. The vision of the winery/vineyard was to transform the rich grey loam over limestone soil sloping paddocks into a vineyard, producing premium grapes. The wine produced at Barley Stacks Wines is made from grapes grown in their own vineyards, which are also crushed, fermented, stored and bottled on site, a short drive from Maitland. The vineyard has a strong focus on environmental sustainability and ensuring leading edge technology is utilised to maintain a consistent high quality.
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