Kangaroo Island Visitor Guide : Kangaroo Island Visitor Guide
tourkangarooisland.com.au 21 Vines aren’t new to Kangaroo Island, grown as far back as 1837, but it was only in 2001 that KI was declared an official Australian wine region. Today, there are 30 growers in the region and around 200 hectares of vines, with visitors able to choose from 18 home-grown labels, five of which are being exported to the UK, USA, Europe and Asia. A temperate climate ensures a long, slow ripening of the local grapes, resulting in wines packed with strong varietal fruit flavours and intense colours. The overriding contribution to the flavour development in the fruit is the (comparatively) small daily temperature variation during the ripening period, making the region truly unique. As always on Kangaroo Island, the main focus is on quality and each new vintage produces more complex and distinctive wines that are representative of the Island. It would be unjust to leave KI without tasting a few of the local drops and there are plenty of opportunities dotted throughout the Island. A selection of Kangaroo Island wines are available for tasting at the Ozone Seafront Hotel in Kingscote, as well as cellar doors, local restaurants and cafés. Many of the local cellar doors are often hidden far off the main roads so be prepared to grab a map and plan your wine tour carefully – but detouring down dirt tracks is all part of the adventure. On arrival you’ll be rewarded – prepare to indulge your eyes as well as your palate, with several cellar doors and restaurants enjoying remarkable views. If you’ve got questions about the wine or winemaking process, good news, there’s every chance the winemaker is somewhere nearby. The Island’s wineries and cellar doors are as distinct as their wines. A few highlights include: • At Islander Estate Vineyards, you can tour, by appointment, the vineyards of Frenchman Jacques Lurton. Originally on his honeymoon, Lurton fell in love with Kangaroo Island and decided to stay. Here, find out why he chose the Island to produce his premium wine range. • Select wineries, such as Bay of Shoals wines, Dudley Wines and Sunset Winery, serve up the very best accompaniment to any glass of wines – gorgeous ocean views and the smell of salt air. • For a family-friendly cellar door option, you can’t go past Chapman River Wines on the Dudley Peninsula – with a playground to keep the kids entertained. • If you want to combine your cellar door experience with a memorable meal, put a few hours aside to spend at Dudley Wines, Chapman River Wines or Two Wheeler Creek Wines – it’ll be a few hours well spent. • Keep an eye out too for False Cape Wines, in particular their trophy-winning Cabernet Sauvignon. Another boutique and award- winning label is The Rookery – you’ll find their cellar door located at Emu Ridge Eucalyptus. • Tasted enough wines and looking for something to finish off with? You simply must pay a visit to South Australia’s only boutique distillery, Kangaroo Island Spirits. Make sure you try the honey and walnut liqueur. Terraced vineyards, Two Wheeler Creek “ What sets Kangaroo Island apart is the combination of food, hospitality and wildlife – where else can you go wine tasting, scuba-diving, surfing and yachting in a single day?” – Mark Chipperfield, Taste of Australia, Australia.