If you are looking for a wine and food destination with a difference for your next special occasion or a celebratory day out, then there’s no better choice than visiting the Adelaide Hills.
For those who love nothing more than sipping a delicious glass of wine by the fire while simultaneously indulging in some rustic winter fare, the Crush Festival takes place in January each year and the Winter Reds Weekend in July. However, there is so much more to see and taste all year-round.
With more than 60 wineries on offer and a mere 20-minute drive from the city, Adelaide Hills is famous for pairing its top-quality wines with its organic and delicious local produce.
Renowned for its Sauvignon Blanc, as well as its sparkling wines which are just perfect for celebrating with, this region also produces some crisp Chardonnays, Rieslings, award-winning Pinot Gris, not to mention its full-bodied reds.
Here, wine is more than a refreshing quaff. It’s an experience. You don’t just stop by for a random glass. In the Adelaide Hills, you stay for a meal (or a weekend) and enjoy the unique landscape and the maker’s story, that’s told in each taste.
Sounds pretty amazing?
Let’s take a look at the top six Adelaide Hills wineries with food and a vast selection of stunning wines, what more could you want for your next celebratory occasion?
Whether you want to treat yourselves and enjoy a full three-course lunch or dinner, or simply think that you may need extra to soak up the abundance of wine, you will be sampling. These three top Adelaide Hills winery restaurants will cater to all your fine dining needs and leave you feeling more than satisfied.
One of the best winery restaurants the Adelaide Hills has to offer, The Lane Vineyard is known for its contemporary menu and modern cellar. Expect stunning seasonal produce coupled with exciting and lively wines that will not fail to disappoint you and your guests.
The Lane Vineyard has a whole host of awards and accolades to its name, including 2018 AGFG Chef Hat Winner and “Best Wine Tourism Restaurant” in Great Capitals Wine Network.
If you don’t mind driving through a series of winding roads through some of the region’s most stunning scenery to get to the Pike & Joyce cellar door and restaurant, then you will be rewarded with another one of the best winery lunch Adelaide Hills has on offer.
Enjoy locally sourced produce and the true meaning of ‘farm to table.’ Choose between the a la carte menu or the chef’s three-course tasting menu that is available from Thursday through until Sunday. Both options will be complemented by a selection of their premium wines, including sparkling Pinot Noir Rose, Gruner Veltliner, Dolcetto Pinot Noir Rose, and Pinot Gris.
If you are looking for an extra special place to take a loved one for their birthday or anniversary, then you should know that this is another one of the best Adelaide Hills wineries that do lunch.
This 5-star, award-winning boutique vineyard, cellar door, and restaurant offer breath-taking views of the surrounding area with menus that are seasonal, organic, and locally sourced.
Range of wines includes Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Rose, Pinot Noir, and Shiraz.
If you think that you and your party would prefer to focus on the wines themselves rather than over-indulge in a sumptuous, yet filling three-course meal, then you may be better off looking for an Adelaide Hills winery lunch option that is on the lighter side.
An intimate, family-run winery in Adelaide Hills, Karrawatta keeps their food offerings understated and straightforward; instead, letting their premium wines do the talking.
Although their cellar door does cater to intimate lunches you can simply choose to explore the vineyards or relax on the lawn with a bottle of wine, or two, and some delicious cheeses or a charcuterie board.
If you love chocolate nearly as much as you do wine, then this is the Adelaide Hills winery for you and your fellow vino lovers. Hahndorf Hill specialises in Austrian varietals of grape and other cool-climate classics. You’ll get the chance to sample their range of Austrian wines with a tasty cheese board. If you want a more momentous experience, sign up for their ChocoVino gourmet taste experience in which their most excellent wines are matched with some of the world’s most renowned chocolate.
Wines on offer include: Gruner Veltliner, Pinot Grigio, Rosè, Blaufrankisch, Zweigelt, St Laurent & Shiraz.
For those who want to combine sweeping views of central Adelaide Hills and sipping limited edition, vintage, and exclusive wines that are each paired with a seasonal platter of local produce, then head straight for Petaluma & Croser cellar door.
There is a selection of wine flights to choose from, including their incredibly popular Croser Sparkling flight that is ideal for celebrating with.
Other premium wines on offer include Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Shiraz.
So, what are you waiting for? Whether you have an upcoming birthday celebration, a wedding anniversary, or simply want to get away with the girls, start planning your trip to the Adelaide Hills wine region today. You’re not going to want to drive home after all that food and wine. So, stay with us in the heart of the Adelaide Hills at the award-winning Hahndorf Resort and make a weekend of it. Explore our accommodation options and availabilities.
You deserve it!