In the lush surrounds of Mount Lofty Ranges, a short 30-minute drive from Adelaide City, Adelaide Hills wine country is a standout for its premium cool climate wines. Bordered by the Barossa Valley to the North and McLaren Vale to the South, Adelaide Hills wineries have some steep competition, but with award-winning cellar doors and hatted restaurants that champion farmgate produce, Adelaide Hills more than holds its own. This is Australian wine at its finest.
With over 40 cellar doors to choose from, there is literally a winery around every corner. And lucky for you, we’ve sipped and swilled our way around some of the best of them. These are the cellar doors and restaurants that will have you booking your next trip, pronto! Get ready for the ultimate edit of the best wineries in Adelaide Hills.
Set aside a good few hours when dropping into this family-owned winery. Their cellar door provides tutored tastings and has wines you can’t drink anywhere else, including their late releases and cellar museum selections. The farm to table restaurant, The Gallery, champions ingredients from their kitchen garden and local growers, or if you’re short on time, taste their olive oil or cheese and antipasti during your tasting. They also host concerts and sell luxury designer accessories.
Cellar door 10am to 5pm (Mon-Fri), or 11am to 5pm (weekends and public holidays)
Bird in Hand & Pfeiffer Roads, Woodside
If you haven't already visited Sidewood Estate, we suggest adding this one to your must-visit list. Their opulent cellar door is located in Hahndorf boasts an amazing restaurant, award-winning wines and a beautiful timber outdoor decking. A popular hang out in the warmer months, with their cellar door games and outdoor VIP cabanas a hit among crowds, or a cosy meet up in the cooler months, perched indoors next to the fireplace.
Cellar door open from 11.30 Wednesday - Monday
6 River Road, Hahndorf
You'll be immersed with captivating views all year round at Artwine's dreamy cellar door. A light and airy setting pans over acres of vines, with wine and platter tastings available. Be surprised by their selection of 'alternative' wine varieties that are lighter in taste and offer different complexities and flavours of original wines. Choose from their range of Fiano, Graciano and Viognier or estate grown Prosecco's and Albariño's, or opt for what you know and love best.
Cellar door open 11 - 5, 7 days a week
72 Bird in Hand Road, Woodside
This humble winery in the Adelaide Hills will have you feeling like you're vineyard exploring in the heart of Italy. This boutique winery boasts serene views of their 5 acre vineyards, paired with their pastel old style cellar door. The family winery pride themselves on hand pruned, picked and netted wines that taste even better knowing the hard work behind it. So cancel your afternoon plans and spend some time between the vines.
Cellar door open Saturday and Sunday
452 Longwood Road, Longwood
This winery in Hay Valley is so much more than just a cellar door. Home to a collective of South Australia's best food and craft beverage producers, Lot 100 encompassing all the gourmet flavours that the Adelaide Hills has to offer, whilst pairing it perfectly with wines, spirits and craft beers. Home to The Hills Cider Company, Mismatch Brewing, Vinteloper wines and Adelaide Hills distillery there really is something for everyone.
Cellar door open 11 - 5 Thursday - Sunday
68 Chambers Road, Hay Valley
This chic weatherboard cellar door in Woodside in the Adelaide Hills accompanies the state of the art winery and vineyards superbly. The converted farmstead offers a fine wine experience with each of their wine flights served with accompaniments of local produce tasting boards. Choose from their infamous Croser sparking wine flight, Chardonnay flight or Yellow label flight. Whilst there pop inside the tasting rooms and count how many wine glasses hang from the ceiling.
Cellar door open from 11 - 4.30, 7 days a week
254 Pfeiffer Rd, Woodside
Be greeted by century old trees and gardens and vines to be viewed from their lavishly surrounded cellar door. Choose to pop past for a glass, or take part in an immersive experience around the vineyards. Indulge in a sensory tasting flight, guided walking tour or on ground picnic all put on by the cellar door staff. And perching yourself by one of their ponds is a neat spot to sip your way through a selection of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Shiraz. Round out the experience with a cheese platter from local purveyors and you've got a perfect day.
Cellar door open from 11 - 5, 7 days a week
382 Swamp Road, Oakbank
When it comes the assessing the best wineries in Adelaide Hills, you’re looking for two essentials: great wine and glorious countryside vistas. At The Lane, you’ll be in awe of the views of the vineyards – they stretch right across Adelaide Hills, the perfect setting to sip your way through one of their award-winning tasting experiences. The wine alone is enough to bring you here, but you won’t want to leave before indulging in a leisurely lunch in their chic dining room. The Lane’s single vineyard wines are paired with a menu that shines a spotlight on the best of South Australian produce.
Tasting room 10am to 4pm
5 Ravenswood Lane, Hahndorf
Sitting up high in the Adelaide Hills region, Golding Wines Western Branch Vineyard is a must, and one of Adelaide Hills’ best wineries. It boasts lush gardens, a landscaped terrace and a family-built sandstone barn. The barn itself was previously a farm shed, a wine yard workshop and a family home, but nowadays it’s set up as a fabulous tasting room and market kitchen restaurant where you can settle down to a delicious drop and moreish menu that’s designed to be shared.
Tastings from 11am
52 Western Branch Road, Lobethal
On the edge of historic Hahndorf Village, Hahndorff Hill is not one to shy away from the town’s German roots. They make Austrian varieties, Gruner Veltliner, in four different styles, and their tasting experiences have won them several awards. The ChocoVino Experience has you tasting wines matched to the world’s most acclaimed chocolate, and the Wine Flight and Cheese Plate offer a selection of wines with four cheese and gourmet biscuits, all from their enclosed balcony.
Cellar door 10am to 5pm
38 Pain Road, Hahndorf
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