Come with me in my VW up! to the Adelaide Hills Wineries. I’ll pick you up in the Adelaide CBD, from where the picturesque Adelaide Hills wine region is only a 20 minute drive east of the city. There are over 50 cellar doors in the region, from larger, well established wineries to small artisanal wineries. Depending on which day you book (some wineries don’t open every day) we will visit 3 or 4 of these top rating cellar doors: Ashton Hills Vineyard, Bird in Hand*, Hahndorf Hill Winery, Murdoch Hill, Petaluma, Shaw & Smith, Sidewood Estate*, Tapanappa, The Lane Vineyard*. We have a few lunch options: you could bring a picnic (I’ll bring the rug!), or, if you’re happy to spend a little extra, you could try out the platters which are available at most of the cellar doors (best option, to keep wine tasting!). Some of the wineries (marked*) also have restaurants – I can book for lunch if you let me know well enough in advance. ... And don't forget the acclaimed 'ChocoVino' tasting!
Cheers, wine lovers! I had my initiation into wine tasting in my teens, thanks to my parents taking my brother and me on their wine tasting expeditions to the wine regions around Adelaide. I would like to share the same experience with you by taking you on a tour of some of the best wineries in the picturesque Adelaide Hills region. I hope that your experience will feel like a convivial day trip with friends, with the added pleasure of tasting some wonderful wines - including the possibility of a chocolate and wine matching experience - and maybe some fantastic food as well.
Packets of savoury snacks
Scenic drive to wineries. Conviviality!
South Australia is known as Australia's wine capital and is responsible for almost 50% of Australia’s annual wine production. The picturesque Adelaide Hills wine region is east of the Adelaide plains, and stretches approximately 70kms along the Mount Lofty Ranges. The region provides a wide range of mesoclimates and produces a variety of wine styles. We’ll visit some of the region’s best cellar doors within a 40km drive east of the city.
Bring the usual requirements for a day trip.
Some wineries charge tasting fees for their ‘wine flights’. Most wineries have light meals or platters available for purchase, and some have restaurants at their cellar doors.