It mightn't get as much attention as other red wine grape varieties, but don't pass over the chance to try a top-notch sangiovese. Native to Italy and dating back centuries, it makes for a rich, medium-bodied drop that's known for its red cherry notes. At McLaren Vale's Coriole Vineyards, this vino also comes with hints of rose, raspberry and mixed spice, as made from fruit from some of Australia's oldest producing sangiovese vines — and it pairs especially well with risotto or charcuterie.
The family-owned winery boasts quite a history of its own, too, with the site in operation since 1969. It jumped into the sangiovese in 1985, and is considered an Aussie pioneer.
Visit Coriole's estate and you'll be able to sip your way through its wines in original farmhouses built back in 1860. The cellar door is open daily, offering tastings for up to seven people without reservations — or you can book in for a wine flight with a few mates (up to five) on weekends, or enjoy lunch at the onsite restaurant from Thursday–Sunday.