Like a fine wine, Kangaroo Island gets better with age.
Established in 1997, family-owned Dudley Wines is the island’s pioneer winery. Located just 12 kilometres from the Penneshaw ferry, it should always be your first stop once you arrive.
If you haven’t yet experienced the joy of Dudley Wines, this should give you some serious FOMO.
With spectacular views of The Backstairs Passage across to mainland Australia, the cellar door is in prime position for sips and giggles. You’ll find 14 unique wines in their portfolio, all reflecting the personality of the region, and all grown and produced on Kangaroo Island. With wines including The Stud Shiraz, Shearing Shed Red, Thirteen Sparkling Red, and Porky Flat Shiraz, you know you’re in for a good drop!
“You can also do a wine tasting with one of our paddles while soaking in the view; five wines are served on a barrel stave, accompanied by tasting notes so you can enjoy at your leisure,” says owner Jeff.
Kids are welcome! They have a playground and lawn area for littlies to run wild, plus a one hole, one par golf course for golf enthusiasts to tee off across the valley.
To our delight, Dudley Wines also has a mini shop inside their cellar door. “We’re so proud to stock a beautiful range of wool and natural fibre clothing and accessories made from possum, alpaca, cashmere, bamboo, cotton and silk.”
With cosy jumpers, scarves, beanies, and even light summer dresses, it’s no wonder we didn’t want to leave.
Naturally, food goes well with great wine and Dudley’s serve up scrumptious pizzas and tasty platters full of regional produce, perfect for sharing. On weekends and holidays they offer a ‘Clifftop Lunch Experience’ where you can enjoy a glass of bubbly alongside your dishes.
The big day
Your perfect island wedding awaits with Dudley Wines to match on the clifftop of this stunning north coast location. It’s a wedding planner’s dream, with a large event space which can seat up to 180 guests and, of course, multiple backdrops for an outdoor ceremony.