Raise your glass to a unique blend of natural beauty and delectable flavours on Kangaroo Island! This island paradise isn’t just renowned for its picturesque landscapes and diverse wildlife; it’s also a hidden gem for wine and beer enthusiasts. Here is our selected top 5 cellar doors and breweries on Kangaroo Island, where you can savour exquisite wines and craft brews amidst breathtaking surroundings.
1. Islander Estate Vineyards:
Experience two worlds of wine, perfectly blended. The Islander Estate Vineyards brings together two vastly different worlds. The history, heritage and finesse of Bordeaux. And one of Australia’s newest, most remote and untamed wine regions – Kangaroo Island. These two are blended together by Jacques Lurton to create unique, elegant, cool-climate wines with a vision to showcase the true potential of Kangaroo Island wine. This intimate Cellar Door at Cygnet River offers personalised hosted tasting experiences. You can select your favourite wine to enjoy with a regional gourmet platter on the lawns, or deck as you take in the relaxing surroundings. Select some wines to enjoy on your holiday or send home, we ship Australia-wide. The Tasting Room is located at Cygnet River, about a 15 minute drive from Kingscote. Open six days a week (closed Wednesday).
2. False Cape Wines:
Prepare to be enchanted by the rustic charm of False Cape Wines, situated on the island’s southern coast. This family-owned winery boasts a selection of premium cool-climate wines that reflect the island’s terroir. Take a leisurely stroll through the vineyards and soak in the breathtaking vistas before indulging in a tasting of their acclaimed Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Tempranillo. With great quality wines along with Deluxe platters, homemade pies, specials board and a kids menu. There is a kids playground making it perfect to enjoy a relaxing few hours sipping a glass of award winning wine in a stunning location only 15 minutes from Penneshaw. The cellar door is open daily 11am to 5pm, for tastings, sales, meals available(11am until 3pm) (closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day).
3. Kangaroo Island Spirits:
For those with a penchant for something a little stronger, Kangaroo Island Spirits is a paradise of handcrafted gin and spirits. This award-winning distillery combines native botanicals with traditional distillation techniques to produce exquisite small-batch spirits. The cozy cellar door invites you to sample their diverse range, from classic gins to unique concoctions like “Wild Gin” infused with local flora.
4. Dudley Wines Cellar Door & Clifftop Dining:
Elevate your tasting experience at Dudley Wines, perched atop the stunning cliffs of Kangaroo Island’s north coast. This picturesque winery offers not only a diverse selection of wines, including vibrant whites and robust reds, but also panoramic ocean views that are nothing short of breathtaking. Pair your tastings with a delectable platter of local cheeses and gourmet delights as you soak in the coastal splendor.
5. Kangaroo Island Brewery:
Craft beer enthusiasts rejoice! Kangaroo Island Brewery is your gateway to exceptional handcrafted beers made with passion and precision. This charming brewery prides itself on using locally sourced ingredients to create a range of beers that cater to diverse palates. From hoppy ales to smooth lagers, each sip is a celebration of Kangaroo Island’s vibrant flavours.
As you explore Kangaroo Island’s top cellar doors and breweries, you’re not just indulging in beverages; you’re immersing yourself in a journey of taste, tradition, and picturesque landscapes. Whether you’re sipping on fine wines that embody the island’s character or savouring handcrafted brews that reflect its spirit, each sip is an invitation to discover the island’s culinary treasures. So, raise your glass and toast to the beauty, flavour, and magic of Kangaroo Island’s flourishing cellar doors and breweries.
*Photo Credit: South Australian Tourism / Christopher Morrison – Kangaroo Island Spirits