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Self-Guided Wine Tour of Adelaide Hills

Self-Guided Wine Tour of Adelaide Hills

South-east of Adelaide is where you will find the Adelaide Hills wine region. The GI region spans around 1500 km, including its 3957 hectares of grapes. Despite the fact that valleys and sub-valleys produce different meso-climates, the high altitude makes the climate chilly. Shiraz, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc are the principal grapes farmed there.


In South Australia’s Mount Lofty Ranges, the Adelaide Hills is a significant wine-growing region. It is one of the state’s greatest wine areas, extending to the Fleurieu Peninsula, McLaren Vale, and the Barossa and Eden Valleys in the south and north, respectively. The region’s vineyards, which range in altitude from 400 to 650 meters, are essential to the cultivation of grapes there. In relation to Australia, this results in a cool climate for the area. But this steep terrain’s multiple valleys provide a variety of views and sun exposure. Because of this, choosing the right site is crucial. Generally speaking, the southern elevations, where coastal influences soften the temperatures, are warmer than the northern half of the region, with its primarily west facing slopes.

Adelaide Hills Vineyards

View of Adelaide Hills Vineyards

What is the Overview of Adelaide Hills?

In the Mount Lofty Ranges of Adelaide, the state capital of South Australia is one of the coolest wine appellations. The region is crucial to the development of Australia’s wine industry. It has a maritime climate, rich soil, and varied topography that make it an ideal place for viticulture and a wide range of wines. Discover the tourist attractions by letting yourself get lost in a delectable and beautiful Adelaide Hills wine tour. Enjoy delectable meals coupled with top-shelf Australian wines at some of the best wineries in the Adelaide Hills, which are surrounded by vineyards and magnificent scenery.

What is the Best Time to Visit Adelaide Hills?

The ideal months to visit the Adelaide wine districts, which are home to some of the best wineries Australia has to offer, are April and May. End of Harvest festivities are held in wineries during this time, especially in Barossa Valley and during the Barossa Vintage Festival.

What is the History of Adelaide Hills?

The Adelaide Hills is the earliest wine area in South Australia and one of the oldest in all of Australia. The first winemaker in the area is thought to have been John Barton Hack, who planted his vines in North Adelaide in 1837 before moving them to a larger property in the Adelaide Hills community of Echunga. These plants, which were grown from European cuttings, were thought to be Syrah and Grenache. In order to create what was regarded as a commercial vineyard, he kept on planting more and more of these.

As his vineyard expanded and enabled him to make wine, he started selling his grapes and vine cuttings to other settlers who wanted to start their own vineyards. He grew his grapes such that they followed the curves of the hills behind his home. Between 1840 and 1900, as a result, there were more than 200 grape farmers in the region. With the end of Imperial Preference, which allowed Australian goods, including wine, to be sold to the United Kingdom, many of these vineyards were forced into bankruptcy since they were no longer able to sell their products abroad.

The Adelaide Hills terrain was utilized for fruit and vegetable farming, dairy and livestock farms, and other agricultural endeavors during the following 50 years or so. When Brian Croser realized the promise the area’s cool environment had, the wine region then saw a revival in the 1970s. In 1979, he established the Tiers Vineyard in the Piccadilly Valley, paving the door for other vintners to transform the area into what it is today.

What are the Subregions of Adelaide Hills?

The Adelaide Hills is one of Australia’s largest wine areas by area and one of the most diverse in terms of topography, soil, and temperature. Lenswood and Piccadilly Valley are the two registered sub-regions that make up the region.

What are the Best Wine Grapes Grown In Adelaide Hills?

Shiraz, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc are the principal grapes farmed there.

What are the Historical Sites in Adelaide Hills?

  1. Mount Lofty Summit

The picturesque Mount Lofty Summit, located in the Adelaide Hills, offers breathtaking panoramic views of the entire city of Adelaide and its surrounding areas, as well as the coast. The peak, which is located more than 710 meters above sea level, attracts more than 350,000 visitors annually.

  1. Hahndorf Heritage Walk

This tour of Hahndorf’s nineteenth-century streets is historically significant. You may see a little bit of Hahndorf’s history and growth by visiting the places on this list. Imagine the traffic of that era as you stroll beneath the avenue of trees that the Hanndorf community planted in 1885: young boys driving cows to graze, people on foot or mounted on horseback, carriages, and unique German wagons going along the rutted dirt road.

What are the Best Wineries in Adelaide Hills?

  1. Hahndorf Hill Winery

Wines from Austrian varieties including Gruner Veltliner, Blaufrankisch, and Zweigelt, which the winery is helping to pioneer in Australia, are their specialty at Hahndorf Hill. They are located on the outskirts of Hahndorf Village, the oldest German hamlet still in existence in Australia. Their cellar door is located in the center of their small vineyard and has a balcony with lovely views. Visitors can indulge in ChocoVino, their renowned chocolate and wine pairing experience, or they can sample a special wine flight of Austrian varieties while nibbling on a delectable cheese plate.

  1. Bird in Hand Winery

Bird in Hand is a well-known producer of great wine that celebrates place and passion via expert vinification as well as through food, art, and cultural events. It is located in the gorgeous Adelaide Hills of South Australia. Due to renovations, the cellar door and restaurant are currently closed.

  1. Shaw & Smith

Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith, the current owners and relatives, founded Shaw + Smith in 1989. Martin was operating a “flying winemaker” business across Europe, and Michael had recently finished his Master of Wine in the UK when they decided to make wine together. Even though it is a family business, Shaw + Smith is more of a collaboration between two cousins with a shared vision and complementary abilities. A small group of outstanding wine professionals have now joined the partnership and are committed to moving the company forward. Shaw + Smith seeks to produce innovative, sophisticated wines from the Adelaide Hills that are among the best in Australia. They specialize in cultivars like Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Shiraz that are appropriate for the area’s milder temperature.

Where Should I Eat in Adelaide Hills?

  1. Blacksmith Hahndorf SA Café

Blacksmith Hahndorf SA Café

Blacksmith Hahndorf SA Café

The quaint Blacksmith Cafe is located in Hahndorf in the picturesque Adelaide Hills.

With two wood fireplaces in the winter and air conditioning in the summer, the cafe’s unusual rustic charm and décor drive you back in time.

  1. The Scenic Hotel

This is a well-known watering hole on Norton Hill’s peak where you may enjoy sunset views and kangaroo schnitties. Its transformation from a neighborhood hangout to something more unique occurred recently. It’s breathtaking to see the sun set beyond Adelaide City from one of the outdoor tables, and on most weekends, local bands perform live music there. Oysters and fried chicken are among the items on the menu. The local koala might be sitting in the tree above you if you are lucky.

Where Should I Stay in Adelaide Hills?

  1. Thorngrove Manor Hotel

Thorngrove is a celebration of the fine and decorative arts, boutique lodging, and architectural art. Since 1995, it has been a part of the esteemed Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

How Can I Save Money in Adelaide Hills?

You can travel around Adelaide on a tight budget by using expert budget hacks and backpacker advice.


The Adelaide Hills, located 35 minutes east of Adelaide, offers breathtaking views of farmland, orchards, and wineries. It is renowned for its cool climate wine types, including Shiraz, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling, as well as amazing alternative grapes. Try locally produced and farmed apples and pears. The oldest German settlement in Australia, Hahndorf, was founded in 1839, and it still has a strong German heritage. Take your time and explore all the museums, art galleries, artisan stores, cafes, and restaurants that are around.

The Vibe: With no commitment, you can sample several wines at an Adelaide Hills wine tasting. You can also pick some tips on how to identify various flavor notes and tastes during the event. Move on to the next if you don’t like it, and keep tasting until you find a wine you like.

Want to read more? Try these books!

The Sommelier's Atlas of Taste- A Field Guide to the Great Wines of Europe A Vineyard Wedding (The Vineyard Sunset Series Book 8)

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