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Adelaide Hills Wine Tour

 
Enjoy tasting in the Cool Climate of the Adelaide Hills

The Adelaide Hills has developed over the decades to be the quiet achiever within the Australian wine market home to many great boutique wineries and artisan producers. Locals have known about this region’s award winning wines and rich produce for years and now it’s your chance to experience and discover the cool climate of The Hills.

Highlights

​​Enjoy Adelaide city views from the Mount Lofty Summit, wine tasting at Goldings Wines, travelling through the picturesque Onkaparinga Valley, exploring Melbas Chocolates and Woodside Cheese Wrights, discovering the history and charm of Australia's oldest German village, Hahndorf, panoramic views from the Artwine cellar door, Koala spotting through the native forests and travelling through quaint Adelaide Hills villages.  

Tour Details 

​Pricing

$240 per Adult​ 

Tour code​

AH28

Departs

9:15 am  

Adelaide hotel pickups from 8:30 am 

Returns

5:15 pm

What's included

Intimate, small group touring with no more than 12 guests, morning pickup and post tour drop off from selected Adelaide Hotels, standard wine tasting at at least 3 wineries, visits to Woodside Cheese and Melbas Chocolates and informative commentary by a local guide, bottled water.     

Regions visited

Adelaide Hills & Hahndorf

Exclusive tour option

This tour is available as an exclusive tour for you and your group. Enjoy the privacy and safety of your own guide and vehicle. 

​Pricing - Exclusive tour

starting at $290 per Guest based on 2 on people

Itinerary

Start your day being greeted by your friendly guide at your hotel or prearranged pickup location within Adelaide. Your guide will ensure that your experience with us will be relaxing and enjoyable and if you have any special requests on the day, please make sure to let them know.

 

As our guides are passionate locals, they are more than happy to give additional advice on other attractions or places to visit during your stay in Adelaide.

Mount Lofty Summit & Lookout

Travel into the Adelaide Hills and arrive at Mount Lofty, the highest peak of the Mount Lofty Ranges at over 710 metres. Visit the gift shop to buy a souvenir or two and inspect some of the local history displays on show. Enjoy the wonderful panoramic views across the Adelaide City skyline to the coast, which once you have experienced, will let you appreciate just how Matthew Flinders could first sight Mount Lofty over the great distance from Kangaroo Island in 1802.

Goldings Wines

Travel through the Onkaparinga Valley to arrive at Goldings Wines on the outskirts of Lobethal.

   

Darren and Lucy Golding established Golding Wines and put their first vintage to bottle in 2002 using fruit sourced from the family vineyard Darren had planted with his parents Greg and Connie, seven years earlier.

Today their now expanded Western Branch Vineyard, located in the Lenswood appellation of the Adelaide Hills remains at the very heart of their business. It is the exclusive fruit source for the Golding Wines range, and the home of their busy cellar door and functions centre which is always popular with Adelaide and Hills locals looking for an enjoyable day out.

Melbas Chocolate

Melba’s Chocolates started in 1981 in a small wash house behind the Adelaide restaurant, ‘Melba’s’. By 1990 the had moved to much larger premises within the historic Woodside Farmers Union Factory site where they continued to increase production due the great demand and popularity of their iconic SA products such as Traffic Lights, Inch Licorice and an assortment of chocolate and confectionery sweets.

Today you will get the opportunity to browse their factor shop and purchase some of their products whilst enjoying the display of antiques and collectables.

Woodside Cheese Wrights

Within the Woodside Heritage Park and neighbouring to Melba's Chocolates, you will discover Woodside Cheese Wrights, the home to Kris Lloyd Artisan. Kris is a self taught Cheese Maker who has headed up Woodside Cheese Wrights for over 20 years. While her career as a cheese maker may have started as an accident, Kris is now completely passionate about all things cheese, food, wine and the cheese making Industry in Australia.

 

Enjoy a visit to Woodside Cheese and perhaps partake in a cheese tasting of some of her award winning and internationally regarded cheese and produce.

Artwine 

Artwine is the rosé-cheeked love child of Judy and Glen Kelly , two live-in-the-moment lovers of Mediterranean style wines when in 2008 they established the Artwine brand, focusing on the Mediterranean varieties they both adored.

With a great belief these ‘old world’ wines are the ‘emerging’ future of wine in Australia, being food-friendly, lighter in style, and having a complexity of flavour that will awaken even the most seasoned palates, they decided to plant, grow and produce their own wines. This was made possible by the wine varieties ideal growing conditions being mirrored within the Adelaide Hills and the Clare Valley, meaning they not only thrive here, but can be sustainably grown, lessening the impact on their land.

Today enjoy a taste within the picturesque Artwine cellar door full of local Art pieces and  over looking the rolling Adelaide Hills, the Onkaparinga Valley and Mount Lofty summit

Hahndorf Township

Hahndorf was settled by German farmers who escaped religious persecution from their homeland in the late 1830's. They found rich, fertile soils and enjoyed great prosperity, not only at Hahndorf but right throughout different parts of South Australia including the Barossa Valley.

Today this quaint German village is home to a great number of Artisan shops and historic buildings housing cellar doors, a brewery,  butchers, bakers and candlestick makers, art galleries and studios, a cheese maker, leather smith, jeweller, sweet shops, German-style pubs, restaurants and cafés.

Enjoy free time to explore the wonders of Hahndorf and stop off at one of the many cafes or restaurants for lunch.

Continue exploring and tasting in the region

After your time in Hahndorf, continue touring the region visiting at least another one winery for tasting, two wineries if time permits. We prefer that you enjoy your tasting experiences than to be rushed through making the whole experience stressful and less relaxing.

Some of the wineries we may visit are Nepenthe, Hahndorf Hill, The Lane and Sidewood Estate just to name a few.

Travel back to Adelaide

After a day of sightseeing and wine tasting, enjoy your tour out of the Adelaide Hills whilst Koala spotting on some of the back roads, before travelling through the South Eastern suburbs arriving back in Adelaide by 5.15 pm. 

Adelaide Hills Wine Tour          
Exclusive Tour Option - Adelaide Hills Wine Tour          
What to Bring          
  • Comfortable walking shoes

  • sunglasses

  • hat

  • camera

  • warm/ wet weather clothing through the cooler months of the year.

  • Sunscreen during the hotter months

Tour Bits & Tips          
  • The Adelaide Hills can become cool in the late afternoon during the warmer months, so it is always good to be prepared.                                                        

  • The original Lutheran woman who settled Hahndorf use to walk their produce from the town to Adelaide 35 kilometres away whilst the menfolk worked the farms. Today 26 kilometres of the route has been turned into the Pioneering Women's Trail.                                         

  • Sauvignon Blanc is the largest white wine variety planted in the Adelaide Hills followed closely by Chardonnay, with Savagnin  and Arneis being the least planted white wine varieties with 6 and 7 hectares of each respectively.                           

  • When visiting Hahndorf', make sure to call past the Hahndorf Academy to inspect renown artist Sir Hans Heysen's sketches. Heysen lived on the outskirts of the village and quite often made sketches of early village life.    

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