You’ve picked your region, you’ve booked a bus and you’re wearing your new wedge heels (you’re going wine tasting, and you know from experience that stilettos are a rookie mistake).
You’ve got your mates, you’ve got your smartphone, and you’ve got your wish list of cellar doors. You’re ready for fun!
But what should and what shouldn’t you do when visiting a cellar door? We spoke to cellar door staff around South Australia to put together their top cellar door dos and don’ts.
The key thing to remember? Have fun while respecting the farm that you’re visiting. Our South Australian wineries contribute $2.35 billion to the state’s economy. That’s worth protecting!
- Head into the cellar door when you arrive and ask about the experiences on offer. There are always tastings, usually food, plenty of nice spots to relax, often games and even toys for kids.
- Try some wines you wouldn’t normally drink. You might find your new BFF (Best Friday Fizz).
- Ask the cellar door staff about their top wine and food recommendations and other great things to see and do in the region. Local knowledge is king.
- Avoid walking into the vineyard. It’s a pristine farm environment, and you can unknowingly track harmful pests, diseases and weeds in on your shoes. Stick to the roads and paths.
- Avoid taking a photo in the vines. For the same reasons outlined above. Ask the cellar door staff about the best spot for a great photo – an elevated site will give you a fantastic vista.
- Never take any vine-related souvenirs home, such as leaves or bunches of grapes. Grapevine material can carry pests and diseases, or even spray residues. It’s best left in the vineyard.