Oenophiles are catching on to Adelaide
, the newest member of the elite Great Wine Capitals of the World network. The cosmopolitan city is a gateway to 18 different wine regions, which produce some 80 percent of Australia
’s premium wines. Yet for all its cellar doors and stellar cuisine, this is not Sydney
. “Adelaide is a much smaller and more intimate city than its ‘big sisters,’ ” says Janet McLaughlin. The Virtuoso advisor, who hails from Cincinnati, Ohio, also recommends South Australia for active adventurers and wildlife lovers, comparing biodiverse Kangaroo Island to the Galápagos. With tourism on an upward trajectory, however, she emphasizes visiting as soon as possible.
What You’ll Love:
For McLaughlin, the Barossa Valley is a no-brainer: “Within an hour-and-a-half drive, you’ll hit 200 wineries.” One of the coolest is d’Arenberg Cube
, a cellar-cum-wine school, restaurant, and interactive museum in McLaren Vale modeled after a Rubik’s Cube. Visitors find namesake roos and Remarkable Rocks on Kangaroo Island, while bushwalks reveal stunning gorges and sacred Aboriginal artwork in Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park.
In the Market:
McLaughlin loves browsing the Barossa Farmers’ Market for its artisan products and cultural immersion: “This is a true community market, so you really feel like a local.”