Cool climate Hills Region.
An easy 20-minute drive east of the city, the Adelaide Hills region is an incredibly vibrant cultural hot-spot where artists and winemakers collide. The striking landscape has fuelled the creative juices of artists for years, including some of the very first European settlers, coming mainly from Germany. The veritable maze of valleys with their diverging slopes and aspects offer winemakers and artists alike a kid-in-a-candy-shop selection of perfect vistas and climatic variation. This weather disparity makes generalisations of Adelaide Hills wine styles rather dubious. It’s safe to say that Adelaide Hills is one of Australia’s largest geographical wine regions, with one of the most diverse climate, soil and topography compositions on the scene. It’s home to elegant cool-climate wines displaying great finesse and varietal intensity.
What to do in the Adelaide Hills?
If you’re a foodie and a winey (not to be confused with whiney…), then give yourself plenty of time to discover the plethora of Adelaide Hills attractions. Like art? Take a stroll through famous landscape artist Sir Hans Heysen’s home and marvel at his glorious paintings. Like cheese? Drop in to Udder Delights, the home of one of Australia’s finest cheesemakers. Visit the historic village of Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. And of course, immerse yourself in the beauty of the area by traipsing around the many cellar doors of Adelaide Hills, There’s a rich abundance of all kind of accommodation, whether it’s a hosted B&B, an eco-escape or a romantic historic hotel. Hungry? Try The Locavore, a bustling café-come-wine bar that does every meal of the day superbly, or pick from a long list of fine and varied dining options.