There’s so much to love about the Adelaide Hills. Not only is it home to some of the most breathtaking wine country views in Australia, but it’s also an exciting place to explore when it comes to wine. Producers here have a real drive to experiment, without forsaking tradition. You’ll find exceptional sparkling wines, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot noir in the Hills, along with cool-climate shiraz, riesling and cabernet sauvignon. But also keep an eye out for the alternative varieties grown in the region, like cabernet franc, nebbiolo and montepulciano – all of which are gaining attention.
Cellar doors in the Adelaide Hills also know what they’re doing when it comes to picturesque spots for a glass or two. Whether you’re looking for a sun-drenched deck overlooking the rolling hills, or a cosy couch next to the open fire you're bound to find the ideal spot. It can be a hard task to pick just where to go when visiting the Adelaide Hills, so here are our suggestions on where to spend your time on your next trip.
First destination on your Adelaide Hills adventure is a visit to the Murdoch Hill cellar door. Located in Oakbank, the recently opened cellar door is a modern tasting room set amid the Downer family’s historic farming land. Here, you’ll discover some of the most exciting and contemporary wines in the region, with the portfolio including alternative varieties like pinot meunier and cabernet franc. Leave a big gap in the itinerary for this one, with the tasting room a cosy, intimate setting to sip wine in the winter, while in summer the deck offers up some picturesque views of the estate’s working farm. Tastings are tailored to the season and are paired with local cheeses from Section 28 and Woodside Cheese Wrights – wine and cheese, how can you go wrong?
Next up is Artwine Estate in Woodside where you’ll be treated to a tasting in their fun and vibrant cellar door. Take a seat in the enclosed glass terrace for surrounding vineyard views while sampling their wide range of wines which include varieties like arneis, albarino and fiano just to name a few. The Artwine team are also known for crafting some impressive local platters, so be sure to bring an appetite with you.
Kick off your second day with a visit to Howard Vineyard, run by the Northcott family in Nairne. This is definitely a lunch spot with the estate restaurant Clover + Stone serving up a fresh and seasonal a la carté menu celebrating local Hills produce and Korean cuisine. Be sure to do a tasting before you dig in, so you can explore the estate’s vibrant portfolio which expresses the terroir of the Hills.
Then it’s time to take a drive to the subregion of Kuitpo, for a visit to the K1 Wines Cellar Door. Situated 350m above sea level, the cellar door boasts stunning views to pair with tasting flights and cheese platters. There’s something for everyone here, with crisp, traditional method sparkling through to luscious and full-bodied shiraz and cabernet.