At the centre of the fertile midnorth agricultural district, two hours north of Adelaide, the slender Clare Valley produces world-class, sweet scented rieslings and mineral-rich reds. This is gorgeous countryside, with open skies, rounded hills, stands of large gums and wind rippling over wheat fields. Towns here date from the 1840s; many were built to service the Burra copper mines.
You can tackle the Clare Valley as a day trip from Adelaide, but when the wine and food are this good, why rush? Spend a few days exploring old-fangled towns, cycling between cellar doors, eating and revelling in general hedonism.