On the doorsteps of the Adelaide metropolitan area, the “Hills” region is only a short 20 minute drive east, which leaves most of the day to explore and enjoy some of its many highlights.
Found in the Mount Lofty Ranges, this region is known for its elegant cool climate wines, white styles dominate with Sauvignon Blanc followed by Chardonnay , Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris making up more than 60% of plantings. 50 Cellar Door’s call the Hills home, many discreetly scattered all throughout this pretty region.
1840 is when the region began its vine growing history, however it was not until the 1970’s that the real regional revival began.
Vineyards are typically small and steep and hand pruning and picking is often necessary and as a result the region boasts an international reputation as producing some of Australia’s most elegant cool climate wines, renown for their finesse and varietal intensity The region produces the more classic Champagne style sparkling table wines from its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, however talented vine-growing and winemaking produce excellent Cabernet Sauvignon, Franc, Shiraz and Merlot, as well as increasing varieties from the cooler regions of Europe.
Dining options in the Hills range from local country hotel to award winning winery restaurant fare, the focus often being on ‘loca vore’, with chefs sourcing ingredients from the local gardens and orchards.