Australia's Adelaide Hills is no doubt a wine country. This is where all the good stuff that we drink during celebrations come from. That’s why if you’re travelling to South Australia, you shouldn’t miss the chance of seeing how and where your favourite wines are stored.
If you’re worried about the weather, the forecast in Adelaide Hills is always cloudy with a great chance of wine. So to help you make the most of it, here's our roundup of the best wineries in Adelaide Hills for learning about how the good stuff is produced and, of course, tasting it!
Petaluma & Crosser
If you’re the kind of wine lover who knows his or her wine, then Petaluma & Crosser in Woodside is going to be your best place on earth. They offer the most vintage and rare bottles of wine in all of Adelaide Hills, if not in all of Australia.
Their impressive range of limited edition premium wines includes Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Shiraz. They also offer platters of local produce which are best enjoyed with a glass of wine and a stunning view of the Adelaide Hills landscape.
Their cellar is certainly something that an experienced and knowledgeable wine drinker will appreciate. If you’re one of those few people in the know, then drive straight to Petaluma & Crosser’s cellar.
For some reason, premium wines are often served in posh settings and luxurious events. But not here in Karrawatta in Meadows, where things are kept straightforward and the owners just let the wine itself do much of the talking.
There’s nothing really fancy in this family-run restaurant except their bottles of wine. But they offer the most intimate lunches and delish bites which might be more appealing to some wine lovers.
If you want the true Karawatta experience, grab a bottle of wine or two and explore their vineyards or simply sit back and relax on their lawn while taking a bite on their cheeses.
Pike & Joyce
Pike & Joyce is a restaurant in Lenswood that prides itself on their unique farm-to-table dining experience. They take advantage of the abundance of fresh and locally grown produce in the region.
The best introduction to the Pike & Joyce experience is their a la carte menu or their chef’s three-course tasting menu. Not only that, but they also house a great collection of premium wines like Pinot Noir Rose, Gruner Veltliner, Dolcetto Noir Rose, and Pinot Gris.
To get there, you have to drive through a series of winding open roads in the middle of the region’s most stunning landscapes. This journey adds to the ultimate experience that the restaurant has to offer.
Mount Lofty Ranges Vineyard
Every time you travel to Adelaide Hills, making a side trip to Mount Lofty is a no-brainer. There’s just a lot of fun stuff out there: the Mount Lofty House, the Botanical Gardens, and of course, Mount Lofty Ranges Vineyard.
If you’re visiting Adelaide Hills to celebrate a birthday or an anniversary, this winery restaurant is the perfect place to go. They offer great food, great celebratory wine, and picture-perfect views of the Mount Lofty landscape.
If you decide to pig out there, make sure to try their seasonal and organic menus and their impressive collection of Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Rose, Pinot Noir, and Shiraz.
The Lane Vineyard
If we’re talking about wine and dine experiences in Adelaide Hills, you can’t leave The Lane Vineyard out of the conversation. That’s because it’s certainly one of the best in the league.
This winery was rightfully hailed as the 2018 AGFG Chef Hat Winner and the Best Wine Tourism Restaurant by Great Capitals Wine Network. It earned these distinctions not just because of its great-tasting wines, but also thanks to its fresh and delish foods.
After all the winin’ and dinin’ you’re going to do in Adelaide Hills, you certainly won’t make your flight in great condition and won't be able to hit the road back straightaway. That’s why we suggest that you visit Sequoia Lodge for world-class accommodation and spend the night there. It’s better, however, if you book a suite beforehand.