Things to do: Oldest wineries in South Australia

Discover and explore South Australia's historic wineries. They've stood the test of time and produce some of the best wine SA has to offer.

South Australia’s wine region is renowned for its exceptional vineyards and world-class wines. Nestled within this rich viticultural landscape are several historic wineries that have stood the test of time, leaving an indelible mark on the Australian wine industry.

We delve into the fascinating world of South Australia’s oldest wineries, tracing their origins and celebrating their enduring legacy.

Penfold’s Winery, Magill c.1907. Image credit: State Library of South Australia, B 10937

Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide Hills

The story of South Australia’s winemaking heritage begins with Magill Estate, established in 1844 by Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold and his wife Mary Penfold. Located in the charming suburb of Magill, this iconic winery initially focused on producing fortified wines for medicinal purposes. Over the years, it expanded its repertoire to include exceptional table wines. Penfolds Magill Estate continues to captivate wine enthusiasts with its premium offerings, including the internationally acclaimed Penfolds Grange.


Seppeltsfield Winery, Barossa Valley

Bringing in the grapes at Seppeltsfield winery c.1910.
Image credit: State Library of South Australia, PRG 280/1/43/337

Nestled in the picturesque Barossa Valley, Seppeltsfield Winery is a living testament to South Australia’s winemaking legacy. Founded in 1851 by Joseph and Johanna Seppelt, this historic winery is renowned for its fortified wines and, in particular, its collection of “centennial” wines. Each year since 1878, Seppeltsfield has released a limited-edition fortified wine, showcasing the unique craftsmanship and aging potential of their vineyards.


Yalumba Vineyards c.1914. Image credit: State Library of South Australia, B 38166

Yalumba, Barossa Valley

Dating back to 1849, Yalumba stands as Australia’s oldest family-owned winery, situated in the heart of the Barossa Valley. Founded by Samuel Smith, this iconic winery has been passed down through the generations, cherishing its heritage and commitment to producing exceptional wines. Yalumba’s portfolio encompasses a diverse range of varietals, with a particular focus on Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Viognier.


Lifting the vat. Image Credit: Bleasdale Vineyards

Bleasdale Vineyards, Langhorne Creek

Stepping into the picturesque Langhorne Creek wine region, we discover Bleasdale Vineyards, an enduring testament to the pioneering spirit of winemaking. Established in 1850 by Frank Potts, Bleasdale Vineyards is one of Australia’s oldest family-owned wineries, known for its dedication to crafting exceptional red wines. With a strong emphasis on Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, the winery has built a reputation for producing wines of exceptional quality, reflecting the unique terroir of the region.


Wine cellar, Pewsey Vale c. 1877. Image credit: State Library of South Australia, B 19003

Pewsey Vale Vineyard, Eden Valley

Located in the serene Eden Valley, Pewsey Vale Vineyard holds a special place among South Australia’s historic wineries. Founded in 1847 by Joseph Gilbert, this vineyard has been instrumental in shaping the region’s reputation for outstanding Riesling wines. Pewsey Vale Vineyard continues to craft wines that showcase the varietal’s elegance, purity, and natural acidity, captivating wine lovers with each vintage.


South Australia’s wine industry owes much to its historic wineries, which have stood the test of time, preserving the artistry and traditions of winemaking.

From the venerable halls of Magill Estate to the rolling vineyards of Seppeltsfield, Yalumba, Bleasdale Vineyards, and Pewsey Vale Vineyard, these wineries have not only contributed to the region’s vinous reputation but have also become custodians of a rich heritage.

Exploring the wines produced by these historic establishments allows us to appreciate the legacy they have left behind while savoring the fruits of their labor in each carefully crafted bottle.

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