The Best Adelaide Hills Wineries and Cellar Doors
The stunning Adelaide Hills region sits in the centre of South Australia’s famous wine growing regions, located only a short drive from the city of Adelaide.
Famed for its premium cool climate wines, especially its distinct take on Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, the Adelaide Hills region is winning awards at a record rate. One of the largest geographic wine growing regions in Australia, there are over 90 wine labels and 48 cellar doors to choose from.
Go for lunch or stay for the whole weekend, our cellar door guide will help you to get the most of your next visit to this spectacular wine lovers and foodie haven.
Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard
The Mt Lofty Ranges 5-star Cellar Door and chef hatted restaurant are set at the one of the highest points in the Adelaide Hills. It’s not only the superb cool climate wines and fantastic food that attracts visitors from far and wide; the views sweeping down across the estate vineyards and taking in the stunning Mount Lofty Ranges, are spectacular too.
In warmer months, you can take it all in sitting out on one of several level deck tables, or in a corner private room, with large windows and bi-fold doors opening wide to breathe in the fresh mountain air. An open fireplace heats indoors through frosty Adelaide Hills winters, while three split-level decks offer a multitude of areas for soaking up a little sun.
An alluring menu shows off a delicious range of premium local produce, with tasting menus for vegetarians and vegans also available.
166 Harris Road, Lenswood
Open daily for lunch and tastings 11am to 5pm
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K1 by Geoff Hardy
Renowned for its stunning lakeside location, K1’s vineyard views are every bit as spectacular as the award-winning wine on offer. Sample delicious cool climate varieties, considered among the best single estate wines in Australia, while seated at Geoff’s wooden tasting bench, hand-crafted from 400-year-old red gum.
For an extra special tasting experience stay on to try a selection of the museum or reserve stock for a small fee that is redeemable on any purchase.
159 Tynan Rd, Kuitpo
Open daily 11am to 5pm
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Shaw + Smith
Shaw + Smith specialise in growing and perfecting the classic varieties that the Adelaide Hills region is known for: Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz.
Grandiose in size and sleek in style, the modern tasting room operates like a restaurant, with table service and guided wine flight and cheese options starting at $20 per head. Lunch is available on Fridays only where groups are treated to a selection of wines matched with a delicious meal, and a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the impressive vineyard.
136 Jones Road, Balhannah
Open daily 11am to 5pm
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The Lane Vineyard
With magnificent views across the vineyard from the bright and stylishly modern tasting room, the Lane’s knowledgeable and friendly staff are on hand for table service style wine tastings. Wine flight options start at $5 for simple wine-only selections, or $20 for options that include wines paired with delicious treats from executive chef James Brinklow.
For those in need of more than a bite-sized snack, enjoy a leisurely lunch paired with wines from the same single estate vineyard you can admire from the comfort of the beautiful restaurant.
5 Ravenswood Lane, Hahndorf
Open daily 10am to 4pm
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The beauty of the gum trees, terraced lawns and rolling vines that surround the family-owned Howard Vineyard impress visitors before they even sample the award-winning wines. Try cool climate Cabernet Francs, Sauvignon Blancs, Pinot Gris and Sparkling wines before settling in beside the roaring fire with your favourite glass. Active guests can take a walk around the manicured gardens or play a spot of croquet on the lawn.
The family friendly Clover + Stone restaurant is open from Wednesday – Friday, with a special set menu on offer for Sunday lunch. Head Chef and former MasterChef contestant, Heather Day creates a fantastic South-East Asian inspired menu, perfectly complementing Howard Vineyard’s best wines.
Lot 1, 53 Bald Hills Road, Nairne
Open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm
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Bird in Hand
Visit the Bird in Hand winery to taste some of the very best wines South Australia has to offer while dining at award-winning restaurant The Gallery for lunch.
Relax at the gorgeous cellar door to sample a superb range of premium traditional varieties such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz, through to sensational alternate varieties such as Nero d’Avola, Montepulciano and Arneis.
Wander through the original barrel hall, enjoy the carefully curated artworks and luxury retail experience, or linger longer to sample local cheeses and antipasti platters with your favourite glass of wine in hand.
Bird in Hand Rd & Pfeiffer Rd, Woodside
Open daily (Mon to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday to Sunday 11am to 5pm)
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Husband and wife team Hamish and Kate Laurie are the owners of this divine boutique winery. The cellar door deck that overlooks the wine garden and home block vines is the perfect place to relax outdoors in the sunshine and sample their great range of wines.
Taste from their range of artisanal premium cool climate wines; from Sparkling and aromatic whites to basket pressed red wines. Winemaker Kate trained at Lycée Viticole d’Avize in Champagne, no doubt helping them to perfect their award-winning Sparkling wine! Book in for a tutored wine flight or master class or simply sit and enjoy your chosen wine with one of the delicious tasting plates on offer daily.
207 Scott Creek Road, Longwood
Open daily 10am to 5pm
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For more cellar door guides, visit our dedicated Wine Regions section.