While South Australia confidently holds the ‘food and wine’ title, there are specific areas in the state that help develop this identity. One of the leaders is, of course, the Adelaide Hills.
Famous for adorable towns nestled between seemingly endless rolling hills, this area knows good food. If you’re staying in Hahndorf for a night – or, even better, a weekend – get ready to devour delicious local gourmet food.
If you’re a foodie, you can’t miss travelling through the Adelaide Hills via the famous Food Trail. Whether you love sweets, cheese, strawberries, wine or South Australia’s very own FruChocs, you won’t walk away without a full belly.
This trail lets you sit down in a cosy, ‘oh-so-charming’ Hills restaurant to unwind over a local meal or graze on a platter made from delicious regional produce.
You can visit places like Abbey Rock Wines in Balhannah. This place is popular for its Milano olives and olive oil. Try biodynamic, organic yogurts, milks and cheeses at Paris Creek Farm, then gorge on artisan cheeses at Woodside Cheese Wrights and Udder Delights Cheese Cellar and Café.
For more wine (and cheese), sample some famous Shaw+Smith. You can’t miss the Lobethal Bierhaus if you’re looking to taste regional meats with beer matching. Woodside Providore will tickle your tastebuds with their fresh ingredients that complement the way the Adelaide Hills freshly interpret old favourites. Expect an explosion of new age herbs and spices.
If you’re still hungry after a long day (and a stretched stomach), finish your food tour at The Lane Vineyard with a delicious glass of locally-made wine and a shared innovative tasting plate.
Okay, so we know you love wine, but what about our beer and spirits drinkers? The artisan producer scene is alive and kicking in the Hills. Jump in the car and take a short drive to Mount Barker’s nationally award winning Prancing Pony brewery. These makers believe beer should have character, and they do this well with their ‘Ponies.’
For that young, fresh-tasting gin, head back over to Hahndorf and visit Ambleside Distillers. This is no Bombay bottle. Their blends are an intersection of sweet and spice, with notes of rosemary and thyme, and with the familiar dryness of the juniper berries.
Hungry? We sure hope so.