Ashton Hills Vineyard
Located 570 metres above sea level, Ashton Hills has capitalised on this position by honing a small number of high quality wines. Established in 1982, the winery has been bestowed with the honour of five red stars by James Halliday, who calls it ‘one of the great producers of pinot noir in Australia’. The cooler climate site also lends itself to top riesling, chardonnay and sparkling wines. The cellar door here is rustic and inviting, with an expansive deck offering views across the Piccadilly Valley towards Mount Lofty. Once you've tried the wines, set up outside with a glass of your favourite and a selection of local cheeses, and soak up the serene scene. Due to the intimate nature of the space, if you’re coming with a group, it’s best to book.
Perfect for: pinot fans, and for clinking a glass of sparkling against a backdrop of rolling vines. Open Friday to Monday from 11am to 5pm.
On pour: pinot noir, riesling, chardonnay, sparkling shiraz, vintage sparkling rosé, and sparkling blanc de noir.
ashtonhills.com.au | 126 Tregarthen Road, Summertown | 08 8390 1243
Bird in Hand
If you enjoy experiences with distinctive points of interest, you’ll love visiting Bird in Hand. Tucked away among tumbling waterfalls, fruit orchards and grazing cattle, the winery encompasses a variety of tasting experiences, chill-out spaces, an art gallery and a farm-to-table restaurant. The wines here are as eclectic as the offering, and will have you sampling Italian varieties, cellar door-only releases, aged wines and even olive oil alongside the core range. For a more curated tasting, choose a guided flight in the original barrel hall or an especially reserved room, with three themes to choose from: The Bird, The Italian Series and The Nest Egg.
Perfect for: a diverse experience with lots of interest. Open Monday to Friday from 11am to 5pm, and weekends and holidays from 11am to 5pm. Closed Christmas and Good Friday.
On pour: sparkling, sauvignon blanc, semillon-sauvignon blend, arneis, pinot gris, pinot grigio, chardonnay, riesling, rosé, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet-merlot blend, nero d’Avola, and montepulciano.
birdinhand.com.au | 150 Pfeiffer Road, Woodside | 08 8389 9488
Not only does Longview scoop up awards for its precisely crafted sparkling, white and red wines, but it also turns heads with its creative style. You might have spied these wines in bottle shops before thanks to their striking labels. Each year, an event called The Piece Project has graffiti artists compete to have their design featured on Longview's flagship wine, The Piece Shiraz. These artworks also adorn the walls of the cellar door, which opened last year. Adding to the winery's distinct look and feel, talented staff and tradespeople from the surrounding community were engaged to fit out the tasting room with locally sourced sandstone, timber and recycled materials (as seen above). Choose from three tasting experiences, indulge in house-made and Mediterranean-style dishes, or simply sit back on the deck with a glass of wine overlooking the shiraz vines. If you want to make a weekend of it, there’s also accommodation here for you to check into.
Perfect for: elegant wines with arty designs. Open daily from 11am to 5pm.
On pour: sparkling, riesling, gruner veltliner, sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio, chardonnay, nebbiolo, barbera, shiraz, and cabernet sauvignon.
longviewvineyard.com.au | 154 Pound Road, Macclesfield | 08 8388 9694
This is a winery with a long history in the region, founded by Australian wine legend Brian Croser in 1976. Given its pioneering status, wine geeks won’t want to miss it from their lists. The Petaluma philosophy is to source the right site for different varieties, and this means looking to vineyards both in their backyard and around the state to produce the best possible wines. At the cellar door, there’s a menu of themed wine flights for you to choose from – whether you’re partial to sipping sparkling, love chardonnay, are all about red wine, or prefer more surprising styles, there’s a selection here for you, and each tasting flight comes with an accompanying board of local produce. Step inside the converted farmstead’s clean, modern interiors, and settle in for a sophisticated experience.
Perfect for: a refined space to enjoy high-quality wines. Open daily from 10am to 5pm.
On pour: sparkling, chardonnay, riesling, pinot noir, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, malbec, pinot gris, and barbera.
petaluma.com.au | 254 Pfeiffer Road, Woodside | 08 8339 9390
For a bit of fun just a hop, skip and spin from the city, you can’t go past Sidewood Estate, which is 25 minutes from Adelaide. In addition to the wines, which are made with a ‘vine to bottle’ ethos that ensures they tell the story of the estate’s sustainably grown grapes, Sidewood also makes a mean cider. The onsite ‘hole in one’ golf challenge will keep kids big and small entertained, and if you’re feeling brave, you can sign up to learn how to ‘sabrage’ (aka open a bottle of sparkling wine with a sword). If enjoying a glass of wine opened in a less spectacular fashion is more your speed, relax on the deck, where live music is often scheduled on weekends, or indulge at Maximilian’s Restaurant with a multi-course meal.
Perfect for: a first stop out of the city via Adelaide. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 5pm.
On pour: sparkling, pinot noir, chardonnay, shiraz, sauvignon blanc, pinot gris, pinot blanc, and cider.
sidewood.com.au | 15 Onkaparinga Valley Road, Verdun | 08 8388 7777
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