Adelaide has many ‘identities.’ The city of churches. The festival city. The foodie city. But the Adelaide Hills celebrates one title above all: wine.
A few big wineries probably come to mind, such as Bird in Hand and Howard Vineyard. While these are undeniably amazing, the region is peppered with small, family-owned cellar doors that offer unique wine experiences.
Create an Adelaide Hills wine tour of your own, taking in these gorgeous country cellars.
Gentle Folk Wines in the Basket Ranges sells locally-grown wine and cider. They offer a wide range of niche orchard wines. The adorable cellar perfectly depicts the country charm setting.
Head over to Summertown, an emerging Adelaide wine region, to find Barratt Wines and try their award-winning pinot noir. This boutique winery celebrates food as much as wine making. Enjoy the beautiful gardens and encapsulating Hills’ views. Being a small cellar, you have the chance to meet the actual winemakers.
A renovated, historic farm barn-turned cellar door is oh-so Hills. Take a nice Sunday drive to Langhorne Creek to family-owned winery Bremerton. Two sisters, Rebecca and Lucy Wilson, are the heart and soul of this operation. If you appreciate art, the duo host regular exhibitions in the winery. Take a look in their local shop to pick up produce home-grown in the Fleurieu Peninsula and ‘extend’ your Adelaide Hills wine and food tasting tour.
Artwine is the vineyard to visit with your adventurous taste buds. The makers are all for experimenting with lighter varietals, creating “new world wines”. They put their local spin on traditional favourites like Pinot Grigio, Prosecco, Shiraz and Cab Sauv.
Artwine is nestled in Woodside.
Love wine tasting? Wood oven pizza? Live music? You’ll get the works at Deviation Road Winery in Longwood. The region’s climate and soil produces unique sparkling wines that you’ll just have to visit to experience for yourself.
The makers offer a membership club, so if you fall in love with these flavours, you can get a six-bottle pack delivery every May and November.
There’s a winery for every palette in the Hills.
You’re going to need to stay the weekend just to experience various Adelaide Hills wineries. Stay close by in Hahndorf, in our accommodation. If you’re with us for a wedding or special event, your stay wouldn’t be complete without following it up with an Adelaide Hills winery lunch.