Wineries & Vineyards
With more than 50 cellar doors to hit, this hilly little enclave punches well above its weight in the wine stakes. The region is characterised by independent and progressive small-batch wineries, each with something different to offer.
Cobb’s Hill is set on the quaintest estate amid manicured, landscaped English country gardens. Although the property dates back to 1850, the winery is a relative newcomer to the region, with 2017 marking its first vintage.
A restaurant and cellar door in Hahndorf, Sidewood is a five-star rated winery by Halliday, and a showstopper of a venue (owners Owen and Cassandra are both avid art collectors). Not only is their wine spectacular, and their fruit-infused craft cider wildly popular, but the food is something else too.
Breweries & Distilleries
There’s a growing microbrewery scene in these fair hills, not to mention several up-and-coming distilleries. Of the former, Prancing Pony, and Mismatch Brewing at Lot 100 are among the local favourites. For the latter, Ambleside is a great place to start. This family-owned gin distillery sources fruit straight from local farmers and grows many of the native botanicals that infuse its gins in the onsite distillery garden, all of which just happens to be within the owners’ backyard. Take a tasting flight or sign up for their gin blending masterclass.
Attractions & Activities
Stretch legs that have spent too long on cellar door bar stools at the sprawling Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens, brimming with magnolias, rhododendrons and camellias come spring. Or for scenic landscapes with a side serve of Aussie wildlife, venture to 35-hectare Cleland Wildlife Park, home to more than 130 species of Australian critters, many of which are free-roaming in the park.
Mix up the pace with a leisurely Saturday morning stroll around the Adelaide Hills Farmers Market, in Mount Barker. Or pick your own strawberries at historic local family farm Beerenberg.