No holiday to Kangaroo Island is complete without visiting some of the Island’s growing number of Wineries! Kangaroo Island is on of South Australia’s newest wine regions with nearly 30 vineyards regularly producing high quality wine for local, interstate and international consumption.
From cellar doors to boutique producers, there are many wineries on the Island worth visiting, and most local wines can be found in local Pubs, Cafe’s and Restaurants around the Island. Many wineries have kept their Island history, converting dairies, shearing sheds and other pre existing farm buildings into beautiful rustic cellar doors.
Just ask us when you check-in for advice on which Wineries you should visit and we’ll be happy to recommend some options based on your days itinerary.
Kangaroo Island Wine Region & Climate
Thanks to its close proximity to the sea, Kangaroo Island has moderate temperatures and quite a cool, prolonged growing season with harvest taking place mid March to Mid May. The Island has an average of 208mm of rainfall and average temperature of around 19 degrees during the growing season.
Most of the popular grape varieties are now grown on the Island – Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, with also some more exotic varieties such as Malbec, Viognier and Tempranillo being grown with great success.
Kangaroo Island Wineries:
Below we have provided a list of Kangaroo Island wineries so you can plan which winieries to visit while taking your journey around the island.
Wineries Near Penneshaw:
Some of the most picturesque views of the Islands Eastern coastline can be seen from the Wineries near Penneshaw. Why not check out a couple of the views as you leave the boat and begin your journey?
Wineries Near Kingscote:
If you’re staying in or around Kingscote (such as at one of our cottages!) There are a few great wineries to check out.
- Bay of Shoals
- Kangaroo Island Springs Road Vineyard (Located at Roger’s Deli)
- Rookery Wines (No Cellar Door)
Wineries Near Parndana (Central KI):
There are only a couple of wines produced in the middle of the Island, but only one has a cellar door. Keep a lookout for these wines in local restaurants & cafes.
Wineries on the South Coast:
The Island’s rugged south coast is home to many wild animals, cliff faces and Australia’s best beaches. There’s also some very good wine.
Wineries on the North Coast:
The Island’s peaceful north coast and temperate climate makes for great grape growing. An a couple of wineries take full advantage of these conditions.
We hoped this list of Kangaroo Island wineries has helped you plan a couple of breaks on your tour.
Remember to drink responsibly, and save the indulging for when you’re safely back at your home or accommodation. There are no busses or taxis to catch on KI!
For full details on KI’s gourmet food and wine – visit Tour KI’s Food & Wine Trail