South Australian capital Adelaide is one of the few places in Australia where the city seems to flow almost seamlessly into its neighbouring wine region, named after the hills lying just to its east.
Just a short drive away, Adelaide Hills can be easily reached even on half-day wine tours. Adelaide’s wealthy residents built summer houses in the Hills as a cool retreat from the city’s baking summers and the cool, verdant hills entice modern wine lovers to do the same. Adelaide Hills wine tours are an ideal way to explore the region’s rich heritage as well as its award-winning wines.
Wine tours from Adelaide
Adelaide Hills is a magnet for small artisan wine producers wanting to produce elegant, age-worthy European-style wines. Its altitude and climate are perfect for growing grapes which retain acidity and fresh varietal character, resulting in wines that are crisp, fresh and fruit-forward with clear varietal aromas. Adelaide wine tours will enable you to sip your way through some of Australia’s best Sauvignon Blanc, new wave Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. However, Adelaide Hills winemakers are also known for their pioneering spirit and the best wine tours Adelaide has to offer will also make sure you get to sample some of the region’s cool-climate Shiraz, award-winning Pinot Gris and its traditional method sparkling wine as well as many of the other varieties planted in the region’s steep vineyards.
Discover elegance and finesse on luxury wine tours in Adelaide Hills
If you want to experience the most exciting Adelaide wine tours, cheap should not be your motto. The region’s altitude and steep slopes represent a challenge for its vignerons, so most wineries prune and pick by hand; mechanisation is not an option. Moreover, thanks to the elegant cool-climate wines with finesse and varietal intensity that it produces, the region has developed a strong domestic and international reputation, thus attracting world-class winemakers who focus on ultra-premium fruit parcels. The region is home to wineries of all sizes and scales – some only make a few hundred bottles a year, whilst others make an appearance on top wine lists in the world’s most wine-conscious cities. What they have in common is their focus on sustainability and premium quality, meaning offering an insight into the region can’t be done through cheap wine tours.
Adelaide Hills – a unique story of human interaction with the land
The Mount Lofty Ranges where Adelaide Hills is located are currently under consideration for inclusion on the UNESCO world heritage site list. This unique agricultural landscape with cherry and apple orchards, animal husbandry and viticulture can be explored whilst on wine tours. Adelaide Hills is also characterised by a valued and rich heritage. Explore the region’s solid stone buildings and unique farming patterns, delve into the cultural traditions of its early migrants from the British Isles, Germany and Silesia in its well-preserved towns and villages, and discover museums preserving artefacts and cherished collections. Stop off in atmospheric towns which sprang up in the late nineteenth century fuelled by the brewing and farming industries. Walk the Heritage Trail and be transported back to the gold-rush era that swept through the region in the mid-1800s. Or simply get off the beaten track and just enjoy the fabulous views, leafy trees and quaint villages.
Even for the time-conscious, trying to squeeze in Adelaide wine tours, half-day trips will only serve to whet your appetite. So, let our local expert at Wine Paths convince you to extend your stay in the Adelaide Hills. Wine tours of this most fascinating region will then be one experience you’ll never forget.