False Cape Wines
Home to Kangaroos Island’s largest vineyard — running along the banks of the Willson River on the Dudley Peninsula between Penneshaw and Cape Willoughby — False Cape Wines is a joint family endeavour. Owned and operated by Kangaroo Island locals and vignerons, Julie and Jamie Helyar, who are committed to sustainable practices, its award-winning wines are made by Julie’s brother, Greg Follett, of Lake Breeze Wines in Langhorne Creek.
Try the 2019 ‘Captain’ Cabernet Sauvignon
The Islander Estate Vineyards
When Jacques Lurton — from one of Bordeaux's largest wine families — visited Kangaroo Island with his wife in 1997, he fell in love with the pristine natural environment and pioneering culture. Noticing its similarity to the Languedoc-Rousillon region of Southern France, he saw the enormous untapped viticultural potential of the Island and established The Islander Estate Vineyards soon after. He now spends his year split between making wine in France and Kangaroo Island.
For a truly unique Kangaroo Island wine experience, make sure you visit their intimate Cygnet River Cellar Door for a hosted wine tasting, and stay for a regional platter on deck with your favourite bottle.
Try their flagship wine, 2015 The Investigator, 100% Cabernet Franc.
Bay of Shoals Wines
With its picturesque setting, Bay of Shoals Wines cellar door and vineyard is just a five-minute drive from Kingscote, and offers wine tastings and sales, spectacular views, hamper lunches. Overlooking Reeves Point, the site of the first European settlement in South Australia, Bay of Shoals Wines prides itself on making authentic Kangaroo Island wine, with all its grapes grown, harvested, and made into wine on Kangaroo Island.
Try the 2016 Sparkling Cuvee made in the Méthode Traditionnelle, with freshly shucked local oysters.
Springs Road Wines
Established in 2016, Springs Road Wines is owned and operated by Joch Bosworth and Louise Hemsley-Smith of McLaren Vale’s Battle of Bosworth Wines. A second-generation McLaren Vale grape grower and winemaker, Jock was inspired to buy the Kangaroo Island vineyard — which was established in 1994 on a small sheep property off Springs Road — after seeing it for sale while holidaying on the Island. He went shopping for groceries in Kingscote and came home with a vineyard!
Try the 2018 Chardonnay, a delicious full-bodied Chardy showing flavours of cashew and white stone fruit.
For lovers of wine, stunning views, and sumptuous tasting plates, Kangaroo Island is the perfect place to discover something new. To plan your trip ahead of time, you can also pre-book your cellar door experiences.