Ashton Hills Vineyard

South Australia | Adelaide Hills

James' Review

Stephen George made Ashton Hills one of the great producers of Pinot Noir in Australia, and by some distance the best in the Adelaide Hills. With no family succession in place, he sold the business to Wirra Wirra in April 2015. (It had been rumoured for some time that he was considering such a move, so when it was announced, there was a sigh of relief that it should pass to a business such as Wirra Wirra, with undoubted commitment to retaining the extraordinary quality of the wines.) Stephen will continue to live in the house on the property, and provide ongoing consulting advice. Exports to the US, Hong Kong and China.

About

Ashton Hills is a three hectare, dry-grown vineyard that lies in the Piccadilly Valley sub region of the Adelaide Hills on a ridge just below the summit of Mount Lofty. The estate was founded by Stephen George in 1982 and since that time it has built a reputation as one of Australia’s finest proponents of pinot noir and cool climate whites.

For over 30 years Stephen experimented with up to 25 pinot noir clones, ultimately settling on five key clones that now make the acclaimed Reserve and Estate Pinot Noirs from Ashton Hills, plus a range of awarded sparkling wines. Eight carefully cultivated rows of riesling also remain in the Ashton Hills vineyard, producing a highly exclusive and limited Ashton Hills riesling each year.

Stephen has now taken a step back into semi-retirement to spend more time travelling to his beloved Burgundy, and has transferred his stake in Ashton Hills to Wirra Wirra Vineyards, with its pedigree in cool climate Adelaide Hills whites and quality McLaren Vale reds. Nonetheless, he continues to reside at his home at the winery and works closely at vintage with the Wirra Wirra winemaking team to continue the tradition of producing benchmark wines from the Ashton Hills site.

Specialities

Long regarded as the benchmark for Pinot Noir, Ashton Hills also produces an exceptional riesling and wonderful range of sparkling wines.

Cellar Door

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Come and visit the rustic cellar door with its stunning views over the Piccadilly Valley and experience the range of award winning wines.

Hours

Friday to Monday 11am - 5pm

Restaurant

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Choose from our selection of local cheeses, sliced meats and crackers, then sit back and enjoy the views from the deck.

Cuisine

Grazing platters

Hours

Friday to Monday 11am - 5pm

Details

Rating
Winemaker Stephen George, Paul Smith
Established 1982
Dozens 1500
Vineyards (area) 3 ha
Opening Hours Friday to Monday 11am - 5pm
Address 126 Tregarthen Road, Ashton, SA 5137
Telephone (08) 8390 1243
Website www.ashtonhills.com.au