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 WIneryBlaufrankisch 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, GumerachaLenswood 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.

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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 Trollinger. As list shows below the region has embraced Gruner Veltliner, which was first produced here 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.

Buy some wine from this region

You can buy a selection of Wine from this region from This Online Wine Meerchant
  • Allan and Vietch Gruner Veltliner
  • Altamont Wine Studio Grenache, Mourvedre
  • Amadio Aglianico, Arneis, Barbera, Grenache, Lagrein, Pinot gris, Sagrantino, Sangiovese, Tempranillo
  • Barristers Block Grenache, Mourvedre
  • Artwine Estate Fiano, Graciano, Grenache, Gruner Veltliner, Montepulciano, Pinot gris, Prosecco, Tempranillo, Viognier
  • Battunga Vineyards Pinot gris, Viognier
  • Between the Vines Tempranillo
  • Bird in Hand Arneis, Gruner Veltliner, Montepulicano, Nero d'Avola, Tempranillo
  • BK Wines Gewurztraminer, Pinot gris, Savagnin, Tannat
  • Bowe Lees Nebbiolo, Tannat
  • By Jingo Grillo, Gruner Veltliner, Montepulciano, Negroamaro, Nero d'Avola, Zinfandel
  • Catlin Wines Gruner Veltliner, Montepulciano
  • Chain of Ponds Barbera, Grenache, Pinot gris, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Viognier
  • Cloudbreak Wines Gewurztraminer, Gruner Veltliner
  • CRFT Gewurztraminer, Gruner Veltliner
  • Deviation Road Gruner Veltliner, Pinot gris, Sangiovese
  • Golding Pinot gris, Savagnin
  • Guthrie Wines Gruner Veltliner
  • Hahndorf Hill Blaufrankisch, Gruner Veltliner, Pinot gris, St Laurent, Trollinger, Zweigelt
  • Honey Moon Vineyard Marsanne, Tempranillo, Viognier
  • Howard Vineyard Cabernet franc, Viognier
  • Jericho Fiano, Tempranillo
  • K1 by Geoff Hardy Arneis, Fiano, Gewurztraminer, Gruner Veltliner, Tempranillo, Viognier
  • La Bise Arneis, Sangiovese, Tempranillo
  • Landhaus Estate Arneis, Gruner Veltliner, Malbec, Mourvedere, Moscato, Pinot gris
  • Landsdowne Vineyard Pinot gris, Viognier
  • Lobethal Road Wines Graciano, Pinot gris, Tempranillo
  • Longview Vineyard Gruner Veltliner, Nebbiolo, Viognier, Zinfandel
  • Main and Cherry Gruner veltliner, Tempranillo, Sangiovese
  • Mt Bera Gruner Veltliner, Tempranillo, Sangiovese
  • Nepenthe Gruner Veltliner, Pinot gris, Tempranillo, Viognier, Zinfandel
  • Ngeringa Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Viognier
  • Nova Vita Wines Gruner Veltliner, Pinot gris, Sangiovese, Verdelho
  • Ochota Barrels Arneis, Gewurztraminer, Grenache, Sangiovese
  • Paracombe Wines Cabernet franc, Malbec, Pinot gris, Viognier
  • Parish Hill Wines Arneis, Brachetto, Dolcetto, Fiano, Grillo, Lambrusco, Nebbiolo, Negroamaro, Nero d'Avola, Pinot gris, Prosecco, Vermentino
  • Petaluma Pinot gris, Viognier
  • Pike and Joyce Gruner Veltliner, Pinot gris
  • Protero Nebbiolo, Viognier
  • Scaffidi Estate Nebbiolo, Sangiovese
  • Scott and La Prova Aglianico, Fiano, Nero d'Avola, Prosecco, Sangiovese
  • Section 45 Fiano, Tempranillo
  • Starvedog Lane Meunier, Nebbiolo, Pinot gris, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Touriga
  • Ten Miles East Arneis, Carmenere, Saperavi
  • The Pawn Wine Company Gruner Veltiner, Petit verdot, Pinot gris, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Viognier
  • Tilbrook Estate Pinot gris, Sangiovese
  • Tomich Hill Gruner Veltliner, Gewurztraminer, Pinot gris
  • Totino Wines Pinot gris, Sangiovese
  • Unico Zelo Dolcetto, Fiano, Nebbiolo, Nero d’Avola
  • View Road Wines Arneis, Sagrantino, Sangiovese
  • Vinterloper Pinot gris, Touriga
  • Yacca Paddock Vineyards Arneis, Dolcetto, Durif, Tannat, Tempranillo

Want to learn About Australian wine regions?

You can learn about the wine regions and the wineries in them in in James Halliday's Wine Atlas of Australia

This comprehensive book includes clear maps, notes on the climate, soils and history of each region as well as notes on the varieties used and wine styles along with a description of the iconic wineries in each region.

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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