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Adelaide Hills: region
South Australia, Australia
Cool Climate
Number of wineries
158
Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir

Whilst many grape growers were practicing viticulture in the central Mount Lofty Ranges from as early as 1840, many of these early vineyards actually went bankrupt in the early 1900’s and the land used instead for dairying and livestock. Revived by a group of pioneering producers in the 1970’s who recognised the ideal cool climate for grape growing, Adelaide Hills is now considered a relatively young wine region that offers a diverse range of wines. The landscape of steep hills and deep valleys create different microclimates that inspire the creativity of local winemakers.

Only 20 minutes from Adelaide, this region experiences cool, dry summers and crisp winters for an overall cooler climate. Combined with the higher-altitude, this allows for the classic production of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, as well as creating alternative varieties. Adelaide Hills is now known to be home to small artisan winemakers who continue to push the boundaries of traditional grape growing for a contemporary range of wine styles.

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Experiences and attractions

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden

Spanning 97 hectares, this stunning botanic garden displays the diverse native flora that would have dominated the landscape prior to European settlement. Picnic at the lakefront or lose yourself in the trails between masses of magnolias, rhododendrons and Australia’s richest collection of ferns.

Hahndorf

Between visiting the cellar doors of Adelaide Hills, be sure to stop at Hahndorf - Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. Explore the fascinating heritage buildings and ancient folklore before stopping for lunch. With plenty of artisanal food on offer there will certainly be something for everyone!

The Big Rocking Horse and Toy Factory

Children and adults alike will love this popular attraction! Climb to the top of the world’s biggest rocking horse, standing at 18 metres tall or wander through the Toy Factory to see the largest range of wooden toys. And, with a gift shop on site, you can take home your own locally manufactured, educational wooden toy as the perfect souvenir.
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