One of the best things about living in South Australia has to be the wineries! With so many gorgeous wineries right on our doorstep, they make for an amazing wedding venue choice.
A winery wedding in South Australia is going to be special for you and your guests, thanks to incredible wines and local cuisine, stellar hospitality, serene rolling hills and vineyards, and rustic, chic function spaces for your wedding party to enjoy. Wineries are also really convenient, since you can host both your ceremony and reception on-site, which means less travel for you and your loved ones.
We’re thrilled to have had the opportunity to photograph some of the best winery wedding venues in South Australia, so we’ve pulled together this guide to help you get started. Here are our top tips for planning a winery wedding in South Australia – plus a few of our favourite venues!
Visit a few winery wedding venues in Adelaide to get a feel for each one
The best way to find the right winery for your wedding is by visiting a few. Enjoy a meal, sample some wines, stroll around the grounds… It’s a tough gig, but someone has to do it!
Seriously though, a visit to a winery is the best way to work out if it’s right for you – you can only gain so much from a website, so visiting lets you really get a feel for the place. Does the venue resonate with how you envision your wedding day to be?
Sometimes, couples say they know right away if a wedding location is suited for them, but it’s still a good idea to visit several. Not only will it widen your options, but South Australian winery weddings are crazy popular, with some popular venues booked out a year or two in advance. It’s always good to have a second choice.
Winery weddings aren’t only for the summer months, though – you can plan a winery wedding year-round, and the autumn and winter months often mean increased availability in popular venues.
Ask the right questions
When you’re visiting a winery or having a chat with their wedding coordinator, it helps to ask a few questions. They’ll be more than happy to help out, so ask as many questions as you like! Most wineries organise weddings regularly and know exactly how to set up that perfect, dreamy scene you’ve always imagined.
Here are a few questions you might want to ask:
- Does the winery have a restaurant on-site? If not, can they provide a chef or will you need to organise your own catering, like a food truck?
- Will the winery be closed to the public during your wedding? This is important, because if the cellar door is open, people could be walking around and visiting near your ceremony and reception.
- What time does the winery close? Some venues are limited by their licenses and/or will need to close around 11pm to clean and prepare for the next day of trading.
- Where can we take our wedding photos? While your photographer will know the venue and can give recommendations, it’s also useful to ask the winery which spots work well for photos.
- How many guests can you accommodate? Depending on the size of your wedding and whether your reception will be seated or informal, you need to make sure the winery is the right size for your group.
Plan your wine selections
Wondering how to plan a winery wedding in South Australia? Start by sampling wines, of course!
Your wedding is a unique and meaningful occasion, so you want to select only your favourite drops to serve to your guests. Taste a few and get the winery to add your preferred choices to your reception menu. Selecting your own wines makes your evening so much more special!
The best venues for a winery wedding in South Australia
Which wineries are amazing for weddings? It’s so hard to choose, as you really can’t go wrong with any of them. However, below are a few we frequently shoot at – we love these venues for their atmospheres, wonderful wine and food, and gorgeous reception and ceremony locations, seamlessly blending the indoors with the serene South Australian landscape.
The Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale are always winners, but Clare Valley wineries weddings are amazing too – we’d be happy to share more suggestions with you, so just reach out!
In the heart of the McLaren Vale, Lloyd Brothers is a family-owned winery and olive grove. They do such dreamy weddings, with a minimalist, authentic vibe. The star of the show is their purpose-built Barrel Room: an unbelievable space with chic, white decor and a fun wall of wine barrels (which look great in photos!).
One of the best wedding venues in Adelaide Hills is Howard Vineyard. With a photogenic stone barn and catering from their Cellar Door and Restaurant (featuring locally grown produce and matched wines), the team at Howard are true professionals when it comes to wedding planning.
We just can’t get enough of One Paddock Currency Creek, set on the Fleurieu Peninsula. With luxury villas on-site, you and your bridal party will have plenty of space for getting ready. We love these fun and memorable wedding photos taken at One Paddock for Chloe and Daniel – they had the best day!
Exchange vows next to the winery’s scenic lake or under a dramatic, windswept gum tree – the Aussie landscape is so picturesque here, making it a great venue for anyone who appreciates nature and the outdoors.
You seriously have to see the views from Anderson Hills. Their recently expanded cellar door looks out over the Adelaide Hills, plus the property has plenty of vineyards and green spaces for an outdoor ceremony.
We also love that Anderson Hills is family-run and owned, and that they place a strong emphasis on sustainability, producing wine that not only tastes great but is also environmentally friendly.
If you’re thinking of a winery wedding in South Australia, we’re always here to help. Let’s grab a wine ourselves and chat about the best venue for your wedding, as well as your photography needs. We can’t wait to hear from you!