What wine are the Adelaide Hills known for?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 03/18/2022

Reading time: 2 mins

The Adelaide Hills work as the ultimate respite to the city’s below hustle and bustle. Whether you’re hanging out at the uber-kitschy yet plenty-of-fun Hahndorf, picking strawberries at the Beerenberg Family Farm or enjoying the gorgeously quaint Bridgewater Mill, the Adelaide Hills offer plenty of fun and joy right on Adelaide’s elevated doorstep!

Another thing the Adelaide Hills are quickly earning a reputation for are its supreme wines, with world class cool-climate vintages like Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir taking it to its world famous neighbourly varieties from the Barossa and McLaren Vale.

And, as you probably well know, anywhere in South Australia there is good wine there are top class cellar door experiences, too, with the following sure to impress your palates and senses:

Golding Wines

The quintessential Adelaide Hills winery experience, Golding Wines is renowned across Australia as one of the best young wineries in this great fertile land! With a gorgeous cellar door and restaurant serving up a grazing menu among other local delights, as well as a flight of their most delectable vintages.

If this wasn’t enough to entice you into a visit, Golding Wines also offers two unforgettable winery experiences, with the “Hamper in the Hills” allowing visitors to pack a basket of Golding wine and local food before setting up their picnic wherever they please!

Next, there is the “Nido Experience”, where you and your mates can hang out in large nests that overlook the vibrant vineyards…

Shaw + Smith

Gourmet Traveller awarded this boutique winery the “Best Tasting Experience” in 2021 and it ain’t hard to see why. Shaw + Smith is making big waves for producing some of the finest Sauv Blanc, Shiraz and Pinot Noir in the whole of South Australia – no easy feat when you consider some of the legendary, 100+ year names coming out of the neighbouring regions.

Shaw + Smith offers some awesome winery experiences, including the fabulous “Friday Table” experience which includes a hosted tour that teaches you all about their processes before offering some fine wine and a sumptuous lunch!

Mount Lofty Vineyards

Mount Lofty Vineyards is not only impressively beautiful, but it is also home to Sauv Blanc, Riesling and Chardonnay, all available at their absolutely charming cottage cafe alongside some delicious food for meat eaters and vegetarians alike!

Oh, one more thing – the view will definitely amaze you…


Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.

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