Adelaide Hills is one of the largest wine growing regions in Australia, which has become internationally acknowledged for its premium cool-climate wines, spectacular scenery and – with over 90 wine labels and 48 cellar doors – its seamless accessibility for wine enthusiasts.
Adelaide Hills vineyards settle on the Mount Lofty Ranges that can be reached within only 25minutes of the state capital Adelaide in South Australia – the country’s foremost wine growing region – and is bordered by other renowned viticulture areas, with Barossa Valley in the north and McLaren Vale to the south.
The sheer scale of the region brings a wide diversity in climate, soils and topography, although it is the altitude – all vineyards in Adelaide Hills have an elevation greater than 300 metres above sea level, while the tallest sites at Crafers, Summertown, Piccadilly and Carey Gully rest at heights of between 600-650 metres – that have the greatest influence on an eclectic assortment of wine styles.The finest vineyards Adelaide Hills can offer have earned an international reputation for being the country’s most elegant cool climate wines, displaying enviable finesse and varietal intensity.
A variety of mesoclimates are created by the undulating folds and hills in the region, which are exploited by Adelaide vineyards that are often congregated in small areas on steep slopes that make hand pruning and picking a practical necessity.In the coolest areas, Australia’s classic Chardonnay and Pinot Noir prevail, including some exemplary sparkling wine styles, while as the temperatures rise Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Gris enter the frame. And, careful vine management techniques have also successfully nurtured red wine styles from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet France, Merlot and Shiraz (known elsewhere as Syrah).
Vineyards in Adelaide Hills are spread across two distinctive sub-regions:
Lenswood is where the legendary wine maker Tim Knappstein first planted vines, prompting any others to follow his lead. The area’s cool climate, assisted by misty and typically wet conditions, encourages premium wines from early maturing varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot – while some local producers have also ventured towards sparkling varieties that share the region’s trademark crisp, fresh styles laden with fruit flavours and varietal aromas.Adelaide vineyards in the Piccadilly Valley are among the highest planted in Australia. The relatively small sub-region located directly behind the towering Mount Lofty is often enveloped in cloud and fog – where many wineries specialise in producing sparkling wines from either Pinot Noir or Chardonnay.
At Wine Paths, our local expert can organise exclusive tours of Adelaide vineyards, which can include elaborate tastings, luxury accommodation, fine dining experiences and some unique activities.
Importantly, Adelaide Hills vineyards are the closest to the state capital’s Central Business District – making them a favourite destination for a city escape for the day or weekend, or as part of a more comprehensive tour of South Australia’s wine region. A typical wine tour vineyards in Adelaide Hills involves exploring the region accompanied by a professional guide before sampling premium vintages from several hand-picked wineries, often accompanied by food pairings with local cuisine or a gourmet meal.
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