Adelaide Hills Wine region
The Adelaide Hills Wine Region is cooler than other South Australian wine regions and hence has a different mixture of favoured grape varieties.
Blaufrankisch Vines at Hahndorf Hill Winery
This 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.
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 informal 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 traditional varieties such as Chardonnay, Sauvignan Blanc, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.
In recent years the trend to alternative varieties has really taken off in these hills. A range of Italian varieties such as Sangiovese, Prosecco, Montepulciano and especially Nebbiolo are becoming more prevalent.
But the most dramatic change has been the appearance of Austrian wine grape varieties.
Hahndorf Hill is spearheading the effort to use Austrian wine varieties such as Blaufrankisch, Gruner Veltliner, and Zweigelt. As list shows below the region has embraced Gruner Veltliner, which was first produced in this region in 2010.
More about Gruner Veltliner here
Adelaide Hills Producers and wine Varieties
The list below is of the wineries in the region and the alternative varieties that they are using.
There is an inherent difficulty in compiling this list. Many wineries in the region use grapes grown in neighbouring warmer areas as well as their locally grown grapes. Conversely, wineries outside the region often use Adelaide Hills grown grapes. This interregional transport occurs in most wine growing areas of Australia but it is especially common here where cool and warm regions are separated by just a few kilometres.
- Allan and Vietch Gruner Veltliner
- Amadio Aglianico, Arneis, Barbera, Lagrein, Montepulciano, Sagrantino, Sangiovese, Tempranillo
- Arrivo Nebbiolo
- Artwine Fiano, Graciano, Gruner Veltliner, Montepulciano, Prosecco, Tempranillo
- Between the Vines Tempranillo
- Bird in Hand Arneis, Gruner veltliner, Montepulciano, Nero d'Avola, Tempranillo
- BK Wines Gewurztraminer, Savagnin, Tannat
- Blackets Gewurztraminer
- Bowe Lees Nebbiolo, Tannat
- By Jingo Grillo, Gruner Veltliner, Montepulciano, Negroamaro, Nero d'Avola, Zinfandel
- Catlin Wines Gruner Veltliner, Montepulciano
- Chain of Ponds Barbera, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese
- Cloudbreak Wines Gewurztraminer, Gruner Veltliner
- Collins and Co Wines Arneis
- Coulter Wines Barbera, Sangiovese
- CRFT Gewurztraminer, Gruner Veltliner
- Deviation Road Gruner Veltliner, Sangiovese
- Eccolo Sagrantin
- Gestalt Wines Gewurztraminer, Petit manseng, Savagnin
- Golding Savagnin
- Guthrie Wines Gruner Veltliner
- Hahndorf Hill Blaufrankisch, Gruner Veltliner, St Laurent, Trollinger, Zweigelt
- Honey Moon Vineyard Marsanne, Tempranillo
- Howard Vineyard Cabernet franc
- Jericho Fiano, Tempranillo
- K1 by Geoff Hardy Arneis, Fiano, Gewurztraminer, Gruner Veltliner, Tempranillo, Teroldego
- Kenton Hill Nebbiolo
- La Bise Arneis, Sangiovese, Tempranillo
- La Linea Tempranillo
- Landhaus Estate Arneis, Gruner Veltliner, Malbec, Moscato
- Lobethal Road Wines Graciano, Roussanne, Tempranillo
- Longview Vineyard Barbera, Gruner Veltliner, Nebbiolo
- Main and Cherry Gruner veltliner, Tempranillo, Sangiovese
- Mt Bera Gruner Veltliner, Tempranillo, Sangiovese
- Nepenthe Arneis, Gruner Veltliner, Tempranillo, Zinfandel
- Ngeringa Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Tempranillo
- Niccolo Prosecco
- Nova Vita Wines Gruner Veltliner, Sangiovese
- Ochota Barrels Arneis, Gewurztraminer, Grenache, Sangiovese
- Paracombe Wines Cabernet franc, Malbec
- Parish Hill Wines Arneis, Brachetto, Dolcetto, Fiano, Grillo, Lambrusco, Nebbiolo, Negroamaro, Nero d'Avola, Prosecco, Vermentino
- Perrini Estate Sangiovese
- Pike and Joyce Gruner Veltliner
- Protero Nebbiolo
- Scaffidi Estate Nebbiolo, Sangiovese,
- Scott and La Prova Aglianico, Fiano, Nero d'Avola, Prosecco, Sangiovese
- Section 45 Fiano, Tempranillo
- Semprevino Nebbiolo
- Shaw + Smith Barbera
- Spider Bill Wines Nebbiolo
- Starvedog Lane Meunier, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Touriga
- Ten Miles East Arneis, Carmenere, Saperavi
- The Deanery Vineyards Sangiovese
- The Pawn Wine Company Gruner Veltiner, Petit verdot, Sangiovese, Tempranillo
- Tilbrook Estate Sangiovese
- TK Wines Gewurztraminer
- Tomich Hill Gruner Veltliner, Gewurztraminer
- Totino Wines Sangiovese
- Unico Zelo Dolcetto, Fiano, Nebbiolo, Nero d’Avola
- View Road Wines Arneis, Sagrantino, Sangiovese
- Vinterloper Touriga
- Yacca Paddock Vineyards Arneis, Dolcetto, Durif, Tannat, Tempranillo
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Visiting the Adelaide Hills region
The boundaries of this region are virtually at the suburban fringe of Adelaide and thus can be visited as an enjoyable day trip from the city of Adelaide.
There are plenty of boutique wineries with cellar door sales, many with bars, 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.
Vinodiversity recommends the Hotels Combined booking service to find the best deals across a range of accommodation types. See these boutique hotels in Hahndorf for somewhere to stay.
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