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 Adelaide Hills wineries probably come to mind, such as Bird in Hand, Pike and Joyce and Howard Vineyard. While these are undeniably amazing, the region is peppered with small, family-owned cellar doors that offer unique wine experiences.
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 winemaking. 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.
This Adelaide Hills winery 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 Adelaide Hills.
You’re going to need a place to stay to truly experience the Adelaide Hills wineries the way you should. Staying in Hahndorf will locate you in the centre of all the Hills’ action plus you’ll have the added bonus of exploring our charming town. Check out our accommodation for an unforgettable Adelaide Hills stay.