Adelaide Hills Wine Country.
Adelaide Hills are part of the Mount Lofty Ranges, east of the city of Adelaide in the state of South Australia. It is unofficially centred on the largest town in the area, Mount Barker, which has a population of around 29,000 and is also one of Australia’s fastest growing towns.
The Adelaide Hills region is one of the cooler wine regions of mainland Australia as, despite warm days in January and February when the grapes are ripening, the region generally experiences cool nights. This significant diurnal variation results in cool mean daily temperatures even in summer and the consequence of this is high quality, cool-climate wines, leading to its world-famous reputation as a wine producing region. The numerous wineries and cellar doors are represented by a regional association andgeographical indication called the Adelaide Hills wine region.
Adelaide Hills is one of Australia’s best cool-climate wine regions. You’ll find more than 60 wineries here, just minutes from the city.
See the wild side of wine at Sinclair’s Gully. This is the Adelaide Hills’ only eco certified winery. Watch black cockatoos fly overhead while you enjoy a twilight tasting.
Hahndorf Hill specialises in food-friendly wine, including Grüner Veltliner and Blaufränkisch. Sample the world’s most luxurious chocolate on the ChocoVino Experience. The Lane is a great choice for lunch and single vineyard wines. The restaurant’s European-influenced cuisine is especially popular, so book ahead.
The Adelaide Hills were amongst the first areas of South Australia to be settled by European settlers. A number of towns in the Hills were started as German settlements; Hahndorf, and Lobethal are two widely known examples. The original town names and architecture still reflect this. Descendants of these first settlers and others of German origin still reside in the area. This explains the strong German cultural connection seen in the number of Lutheran churches, Lutheran schools which often have German on the curriculum, and the number of older residents who still speak German. Some customs have grown, such as the Lobethal Christmas lights which began in the 1950s.