Adelaide Hills Wine Region

The Adelaide Hills wine region is part of the Mount Lofty Ranges, located on the eastern boundary of Adelaide. The region is one of South Australia's largest and oldest wine regions. Vines were first planted in 1839 with a case of Adelaide Hills wine delivered to Queen Victoria 5 years later.

The region is responsible for many premium wines, the foremost wines of the region are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. Other varieties grown are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Semillon and Shiraz. Winemakers are now concentrating on rare varietals including the German Trollinger and Lemberger grapes and the Italian Arneis, Nebbiolo and Sangiovese.

The area is popular with tourists for its beautiful scenery, wine and cellar doors, award winning restaurants and boutique hotels. A popular destination is the German town of Hahndorf which is full of gingerbread style shops selling bratwurst and other German treats both sweet and savoury. Adelaide Wineries & Vineyards and Adelaide Accommodation.

Adelaide Plains Wine Region

Adelaide Plains is located 30km north of Adelaide. The region consists of flat plains for vineyards set amongst the market gardens and rose farms of Angel Vale and Virginia. The Adelaide Plains wine region has often been overlooked due to its neighbouring wine regions successes. The wine region also sent most of its grapes to improve the wines of well known companies in the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. However, the region has seen the emergence of boutique wineries that are staying true to their Italian heritage and producing wines such as Moscato, Pinot Grigio and Sangiovese. Adelaide Plains Wineries & Vineyards and Adelaide Accommodation.

Clare Valley Wine Region

The Clare Valley wine region lies within the heart of the Australian bush. It is located 130km north of Adelaide and is covered in soft rolling hills and dotted with quaint villages and homesteads built out of local stone.

The region is not only considered one of Australia's finest wine regions but also one of its oldest. In the 1840s Polish monks sought refuge in these hills after fleeing religious persecution. The monks planted the Sevenhill vineyards which are still operated by Jesuit monks today, with most of its produce made for Catholic religious ceremonies.

The area is a viticulturists dream as it experiences long hot days and cool nights in the ripening period, an average rainfall of 632mm and a winter average of 13 degrees. This continental climate guarantees rich, delicate and crisp wines.

The Clare Valley is known as Riesling country with many of the boutique wineries producing fine examples of the wine. The climate also helps produce perfumed Shiraz and fine, concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon. The cellar doors of the area are situated close together making it easy for visitors to hop from one to the next all day.

Visitors can also enjoy the Riesling Trail which is an old railway line turned bike path that winds through part of the valley - from Auburn to Clare. There are many superb restaurants in the area and many bed and breakfasts too. Martindale Hall just outside of Mintaro is one building of note as it was used as Appleyard College in the film Picnic at Hanging Rock. Clare Valley Wineries & Vineyards and Adelaide Accommodation.

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