Adelaide Hills Wine Region South Australia

The Adelaide Hills Wine Region is cooler than other South Australian wine regions and hence has a different mixture of favoured grape varieties.

The region is part of the Mt Lofty Ranges on the eastern side of the City of Adelaide. It is bounded by the Eden Valley and Barossa Valley wine regions to the north and the McLaren Vale Wine Region to the south.

This page recently updated to include new wineries listed in
James Halliday's Wine Companion 2014

The undulating topography of the Adelaide Hills generates a wide range of microclimates but the region is generally cooler and moister than Adelaide and the coastal plain. There are three subregions, Gumeracha, Lenswood and Piccadilly Valley, but even this finer classification does not do justice the complex topography. Each individual site seems to have its own combination of soil, altitude and aspect influencing the quality of the grapes.

Many wineries are using the cooler environment to grow early maturing varieties, Viognier and Pinot gris are popular white wine varieties, while Tempranillo and the major Italian red varieties are also attracting interest.

Hahndorf Hill is spearheading the effort to use Austrian wine varieites such as Blaufrankisch, Gruner Veltliner, and Trollinger. Of all the South Australian regions this one is probably best suited to Pinot gris. Sangiovese seems to be attracting some attention as well.

Wineries in the Adelaide Hills with alternative varieties

Adelina Wines Arneis | Alan and Veitch Viognier | Alta Vineyards Pinot gris | Altamont Wine Studio Grenache, Montepulciano, Mourvedre, Sangiovese, Tannat | Amadio Aglianico, Arneis, Barbera, Grenache, Fiano, Lagrein, Pinot gris, Sagrantino, Sangiovese, Tempranillo | Arrivo Nebbiolo | Ashton Hills Gewurztraminer, Malbec, Petit verdot, Pinot gris | Barristers Block Grenache, Mourvedre | Battunga Vineyards Pinot gris, Viognier | Bird in Hand Arneis, Montepulciano, Nero d'Avola, Tempranillo | BK Wines Gewurztraminer, Pinot gris, Tannat | Blackets Gewurztraminer | Blackford Stable Wines Pinot gris, Sangiovese | Bockman Pinot gris | Bowe Lees Nebbiolo, Tannat | Bullock Track Wines Grenache, Malbec | Burnton Ridge Alicante Bouschet, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Viognier | By Jingo Grillo, Montepulciano, Negroamaro, Nero d'Avola, Zinfandel | Chain of Ponds Barbera, Grenache, Pinot gris, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Viognier | Cloudbreak Wines Pinot gris | Deviation Road Pinot gris, Sangiovese | Golding Pinot gris, Savagnin | Hahndorf Hill Blaufrankisch, Gruner Veltliner, Pinot gris, St Laurent, Trollinger, Zweigelt | Hesketh Wines Pinot gris | Hillstowe Pinot gris | Honey Moon Vineyard Marsanne, Tempranillo, Viognier | Howard Vineyard Cabernet franc, Viognier | Jericho Wines Fiano | Jupiter Creek Winery Grenache | K1 by Geoff Hardy Arneis, Fiano, Gewurztraminer, Gruner Veltliner, Tempranillo, Viognier | Kenton Hill Nebbiolo | Kirrihill Arneis, Fiano, Moscato, Pinot gris | La Bise Arneis, Sangiovese, Tempranillo | La Linea Tempranillo | Landsdowne Vineyard Pinot gris, Viognier | Leabrook Estate Cabernet franc, Gewurztraminer, Pinot gris, Savagnin | Llangibby Estate Pinot gris, Tempranillo | Lobethal Road Wines Graciano, Pinot gris, Tempranillo | Longview Vineyard Gruner Veltliner, Nebbiolo, Viognier, Zinfandel | Main and Cherry Sangiovese, Tempranillo | Manyara Vineyard Malbec, Petit verdot | Mawson Ridge Grenache, Pinot gris | Mylkappa Wines Pinot gris | Nepenthe Pinot gris, Tempranillo, Viognier, Zinfandel | Ngeringa Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Viognier | Niccolo Prosecco | Nova Vita Wines Pinot gris, Sangiovese, Verdelho | Ochota Barrels Arneis, Gewurztraminer, Grenache, Sangiovese | Paracombe Wines Cabernet franc, Malbec, Pinot gris, Tempranillo, Viognier | Parish Hill Wines Arneis, Brachetto, Dolcetto, Fiano, Grillo, Lambrusco, Nebbiolo, Negroamaro, Nero d'Avola, Pinot gris, Prosecco, Vermentino | Perrini Estate Sangiovese | Petaluma Pinot gris, Viognier | Pike and Joyce Gruner veltliner, Pinot gris | Protero Nebbiolo, Viognier | Riposte Pinot gris | Scaffidi Estate Nebbiolo, Sangiovese | Scott Winemaking Aglianico, Fiano, Pinot gris, Sangiovese | Section 45 Fiano, Tempranillo | Semprevino Nebbiolo | Shaw + Smith Barbera | Sidewood Estate Pinot gris | Solstice Mount Torrens Vineyards Viognier | Spoehr Creek Wines Viognier | Starvedog Lane Meunier, Nebbiolo, Pinot gris, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Touriga | Talunga Grenache, Nebbiolo, Petit verdot, Sangiovese, Tempranillo | Ten Miles East Arneis, Carmenere, Saperavi | The Deanery Vineyards Sangiovese | The Lane Pinot gris, Viognier | The Pawn Wine Company Gruner Veltliner, Petit verdot, Pinot gris, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Viognier | Tilbrook Estate Pinot gris, Sangiovese | TK Wines Gewurztraminer | Tomich Hill Gewurztraminer, Pinot gris | Totino Wines Pinot gris, Sangiovese | View Road Wines Sagrantino, Sangiovese | Vinsat Viognier | Vinterloper Pinot gris, Touriga | Yacca Paddock Vineyards Arneis, Dolcetto, Durif, Tannat, Tempranillo |

Touring the Adelaide Wine Region

This region is an easy and enjoyable day trip from the city of Adelaide. There are plenty of boutique wineries with cellar door sales, many with cafes and restaurants, interspersed among other small scale artisan food outlets, historic buildings, various accommodation and restaurants.

You may wish to stay overnight in the hills, rather than returning to the city. See these boutique hotels in Hahndorf for somewhere to stay.

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