South Australia Winner


Grant Dickson’s list conveys his unbridled enthusiasm and love of wine, opening with 42 wines, sherries, sakes and fortifieds by the glass. While regional talent is admirably supported, it also provides an international “resource for the local wine fraternity” to measure their palates and keep them in touch with the greater wine world. Most impressive is how Dickson’s eclectic and unusual selections intrigue rather than intimidate. With no pretension, he takes us on through a wine wonderland, which is exactly as it should be. To read it is to be drawn there. For those whose lives aren’t lived expressly through wine, Dickson cuts the commentary on an abbreviated list of 100 wines to match the electric South-East Asian cooking of his Vietnamese wife and chef Tuoi Do. It’s not just page upon page of show ponies. It’s a trove assembled from all corners of the globe. And you know, without doubt, that it will reveal rare treasures within. SOPHIE OTTON


90 Murray St, Tanunda 
(08) 8563 0765

CUISINE South East Asian
WINE LISTGrant Dickson & Geoffrey Hunt & Cassaly Fitzgerald
WINEs ON LIST 1093 (42 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($30-$9 by the glass)

Australia’s premier list in 2016. To give a sample of what’s available: wines by the glass include some lesser-known wines from the Barossa: Sam Scott’s garganega, Eperosa’s artisanal semillon, Rockford’s off-dry white frontignac and Dickson’s text explains exactly why they have been selected. There’s also a seven year old John Duval Plexus and a mystery wine challenge. The collection of sparkling wines is unique. Alongside a smallish but comprehensive selection of major Champagne houses (including vintages back to 1964) there a huge collection from growers; a Barossa-focused Aussie section; méthode ancestrale French bubbly; and European méthode traditionale wines plus so much more.


The Barn

747 Glenelg River Rd, Mount Gambier
(08) 8726 9999

CUISINE Steakhouse
WINE LIST Kent Comley
WINEs ON LIST 714 (39 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($80-$8 by the glass)

This iconic hotel is the setting for the long-established The Wine Store at Steves and more recent bistro. It has a monumental list of classy international wines as well as an excellent range of locals. The choice by the glass or bottle is formidable, and there’s more in the cellar or The Wine Store, just in case.


160 Hutt St, Adelaide
(08) 8232 7955

WINE LISTDuncan Vent
WINEs ON LIST 248 (21 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($37.50-$10 by the glass)

A list that highlights the great traditional wines of Australia, most notably chardonnay, cabernet and shiraz. No surprises given its home in WA, but they have sourced well beyond the borders with options throughout, including by the glass, and there are interesting selections from emerging players.

Press Food & Wine

40 Waymouth St, Adelaide
(08) 8211 8048

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST David Currie
WINEs ON LIST 206 (24 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($16-$10 by the glass)

This is such a well-constructed list that it fills you with confidence in the sommelier’s choices. While not vast, it covers all the bases and offers abundant choice. There’s a brightness about the by-the-glass list that few would fail to be tempted. The half-bottle serve is a worthy addition to the options available. The list balances local and overseas wines, tends to focus on the cutting edge without ignoring the familiar. Great lists are about the sommelier’s choices and balance: on both counts, this is a great list.


Apothecary 1878

118 Hindley St, Adelaide
(08) 8212 9099

CUISINE European
WINE LIST Paola Coro
WINEs ON LIST 590 (32 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($18-$8 by the glass)

For many years, Apothecary 1878 has been among Australia’s best bars: it offers an amazing range of bubblies, half bottles, the country’s best range of aperitifs, and one of the best collection of digestifs, and the wines aren’t half bad. Paola Coro declares that her first love is South Australia and offers a great array of the state’s finest while not neglecting the rest of Australia or indeed Europe. It’s a great place to
spend time.


375 Seppeltsfield Rd, Marananga
(08) 8562 4144

CUISINE Contemporary Regional
WINE LIST Emma Welling
WINEs ON LIST 383 (63 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($139-$10 by the glass)

Appellation has been a focal point for the wine industry in the Barossa for more than a decade. Its accommodation at the Louise is the Valley’s finest, the restaurant had long been top echelon, and its wine list among the finest regional lists in the country. Coravin has added a dimension to its by-the-glass offering while its celebration of the Barossa remains exemplary. And there’s much more to explore.

Fino Seppeltsfield

730 Seppeltsfield Rd, Seppeltsfield
(08) 8562 8528

CUISINE Regional
WINE LIST Sharon Romeo
WINEs ON LIST 246 (53 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($60-$9 by the glass)

It’s safe to say that this is the only restaurant in the world offering a 15ml pour of a 100-year-old fortified for a fair price. Fino is a central part of one of the Barossa and the Australian wine industry’s most important tourist precincts. Luckily they have chef, David Swain, and sommelier, Sharon Romeo to keep it on track. This is an admirably curated list, focused on showing the Barossa, South Australia and Seppeltsfield fortifieds in the best possible light. It offers an international list with an
amazing array of varietals from Australia and elsewhere. There’s also constant surprises.

The Grill

52 Mount Barker Rd, Stirling
(08) 8339 2345

CUISINE Contemporary Australian
WINE LIST Thomas Werner
WINEs ON LIST 350 (36 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($18-$7 by the glass)

The Grill at the Stirling Hotel in the Adelaide Hills has a wonderfully impressive wine list. It is particularly strong on its representation of the local region and South Australia generally. It also has marvellous breadth, covering all parts of Australia and the international world of wine. If you are looking for an Australian classic with age, you may well find it here.


31 Hindmarsh Sq, Adelaide
(08) 8223 7837

CUISINE North Indian
WINE LIST Simon Lambert&Julia Kunst
WINEs ON LIST 174 (14 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$ ($24-$8.50 by the glass)

All your preconceptions of Indian restaurants should disappear when it comes to Adelaide’s perennial favourite, Jasmin. By the glass the wines are admirably suited to the restaurant’s traditional cuisine. While there’s a clear focus on South Australian wines, these are placed alongside a comprehensive listing of international wines. Aged reds, too, are well represented.

The Playford

120 North Tce, Adelaide
(08) 8213 8844

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Kimberley Jackson & Riccardo Cervieri
WINEs ON LIST 240 (43 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($26.50-$8.50 by the glass)

The Playford has a sizeable wine list with more than 40 by the glass with the focus clearly on modestly-priced wines. They also offer a taste of the Adelaide Hills in 25ml, 75ml and 150ml glasses. There are sections covering McLaren Vale, the Barossa and the Adelaide Hills and smaller lists from Clare, Coonawarra & Langhorne Creek. Other regions of Australia and overseas round out the last. Few would be disappointed with the choices of the sommelier in each section.