Winerys in Adelaide
When you are travelling about certain areas of the world, or even within your own country,some of the best experiences one may have come by digging in, doing a little research even and finding out what makes the area special and unique. When you are visiting Adelaide, there are plenty things to see and do; you can visit and spend an afternoon in one of their many national parks, check out the art museums, go for a hike on a trail and check out some of the charming city attractions.
But there is one more thing Adelaide is recognized for, wine. The University of Adelaide is among the top three universities in the world for enological studies, so you might suspect that the surrounding areas might have some of their alumni making some incredible wines.
Wine is my passion, my interest and it is a part of my life and profession. When I visit a wine region of the world, there are typically many, if not hundred of wineries or cellar doors to choose from. Adelaide is one wine region not short of a couple hundred cellar doors. But how do you make your visit worthwhile and really discover the great wines? I like to head to the boutique cellar doors. These are the artisans and in most cases the purists who are happy just making a great wine and keeping the wine culture alive. We have gone ahead and done the leg-work and ahem, even some sipping for you. Here are some of the Adelaide cellar doors you must check out if you happen to find yourself in the area. Cheers!
The Coobara farm is comprised of a humble ten hectares and is located just next to the Cromer Conservation Park, just over four kilometers from Birdwood in the northern part of the Adelaide Hills region. It is a family-run winery and the wines are handmade from ground to bottle. Stop in for a cheese platter or a Blumberg Hotel pizza to enjoy while trying their wines. If you come by on a chilly Sunday, they have a fire-trolley burning.
Baker Creek Winery
Only just founded in 2005, this small boutique winery produces delightful small batch wines and run by David Hamilton and his family. Stay at the SunnyBrook Bed & Breakfast if you are in the area for a couple days and you can even stay in for dinner.
Planted in 1994, the vineyard and cellar door is located in Lenswood, where you can enjoy some of the best cool climate wines of the region and from vineyards that produce Penfolds and Hardys wines. You can even have a nice glass of bubbly from their estate to get started while waiting on your order of their wood-fired pizza.
Located at the southern end of the Adelaide Hills region and the base of the Mount Barker summit, sits this small straw-bale cellar door. They only have three vineyards, but do not let that fool you. They are biodynamically farmed and in the neighboring paddocks you can find some Scottish Highland cattle, sheep, guinea fowl and chickens among just some of the permanent residents. Their vegetable garden, orchard and their livestock are all part of their ingredients to one of Adelaide top-rated restaurants. It is not just a vineyard, but a way of life. This is a must-see-experience!
Hahndorf Hill Winery
Step off the beaten path and visit this five-star cellar door where you can taste a more alternative side of Australian wines. Hahndorf Hill Winery specializes in the more German influenced grapes of Blaufrankisch, Zweigelt and Gruner Veltliner to include some fabulous and renowned Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. Don’t worry, they didn’t forget about the nation’s flagship red. They have some pretty spectacular cool-climate Shiraz and great rose to put aside for a weekend brunch. They are located outside of Hahndorf village, a popular destination for those who want to see Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement.
image thanks to Kyle Taylor