Mount Lofty, the highest point in the Adelaide Hills, was named by Matthew Flinders in 1802 when he circumnavigated the coastline of Australia. The Adelaide Hills region was later settled by predominantly British people who established the familiar sounding villages of Stirling, Crafers and Bridgewater.
The British were joined by German and Silesian settlers in the 1840’s who established the European styled villages of Hahndorf and Lobethal.
Vineyards were first established in in 1840 and they thrived until 1900 when Imperial Preference meant that their wines were no longer favoured by the British. After decades of fruit and dairy production, the region was re-discovered in the 1970s for cool climate viticulture.
Today, the Adelaide Hills region is at the centre of the new Australian wine revolution. A melting pot of ideas, it is home to some of the most iconoclastic, exciting and innovative winemakers in Australia.
The Adelaide Hills region is one of the largest and most topographically diverse in South Australia.
The region is situated in the Mount Lofty Ranges, east of the city of Adelaide. Stretching in a narrow arc approximately 70km long which borders the Barossa to the north and McLaren Vale to the south. With vineyards at heights of over 650m in areas such as Picadilly, Summertown and Carey Gully, the Adelaide Hills has some of the most challenging viticulture in all of South Australia. the vineyards reach heights of 650m in areas such as Piccadilly, Summertown and Carey Gully.
In such a large region, it is difficult to generalise at any level. This most beautiful of regions has a myriad of microclimates, soil types and aspects which make it both the most beautiful to visit and one of the most exciting in which to make wine.
For more information on the sites of Adelaide Hills vineyards, visit this map
The region is known for its cool climate styles and, since the resurgence of winemaking in the region since the 1970's, has become synonymous with the production of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. More recently, cool climate Syrah, aromatic varietals such as Gruner Veltliner, Gewurtztraminer and Pinot Gris have come to the fore but for us, it's hard to beat a classic and we're delighted to champion Chardonnay as the star performer in this region.