A top drop is only a stone’s throw away from Newenham. The Adelaide Hills is one of South Australia’s most renowned wine regions, with the perfect elements of rich soil, cool climate and fabulous location, combining to produce consistently high-quality wines.
The area has become a mecca for winemakers, many of whom enjoy locations with spectacular views over the hills, valleys and vineyards. At Newenham, we love to support local businesses and that includes the many amazing Adelaide Hills wineries and cellar doors that also call the Hills home, so grab some friends and explore the many wonders of our beautiful wine region.
Here are a few Adelaide Hills wineries to get you started, with your designated driver at the wheel. Enjoy!
Kicking off in Mount Barker we’ll begin with Ngeringa, the nature-loving certified biodynamic vineyard and winery nestled into Mount Barker Summit. Originally the land was part of the famous Mount Barker home of the Jurlique herb farm, and the owners have maintained the same organic ethos. You can taste winemaker Erinn Klein and co-founder, Janet Klein’s vibrant, classically European inspired wines at the Ngeringa cellar door. Grab a cosy nook by the wood oven in the cooler months or sit outside and enjoy the beautiful view on the verandah in warmer temperatures. Relax with a glass of wine and a delicious plate of sustainably produced nibbles to munch. You can also sign up for their newsletter to find out when special events are being held that may include wood oven pizza days and long lunches.
119 Williams Rd, Mount Barker Summit or visit their website here
Next, we turn to Howard Vineyard, a stunning family-owned Adelaide Hills winery, located between Mount Barker and Nairne. Stop by this rustic and charming cellar door for a taste of their pretty cabernet franc rosé, with the berries picked at night to reduce the overall colour – it’s millennial pink in a glass. Book for a lazy Sunday lunch and indulge in some Asian inspired cuisine at the Clover Restaurant, courtesy of head chef, Heather Day. The seasonal, locally produced menu is matched with Howard Vineyards wines – naturally. Relaxed and informal, family-friendly with lots of grass for children to run around on, this is one Hills winery you’ll be coming back to again and again.
Lot 1, 53 Bald Hills Road, Nairne or visit their website here
Longview Estate Winery
Pop over to Macclesfield (a 15-minute drive from Mount Barker) or make an overnighter of it with a stay at Longview Estate Winery. The view is long and the wines are fab – you really won’t want to leave this wonderful estate. Lucky for you they have accommodation to suit all tastes – overlooking their picturesque Adelaide Hills vineyards. The view of the night sky is fairly spectacular at Longview – it’s the perfect excuse to indulge for a little longer. Don’t let the views distract from the wine though, Longview Vineyards newly renovated cellar door is stunning and well worth a visit.
Pound Road, Macclesfield or visit their website here
Deviation Road Winery
Usually a first or last stop, as this cellar door is the closest to Adelaide located near Heathfield in Longwood. Kate and Hamish Laurie share winemaking duties on their 50-hectare property, near the Scott Creek Conservation Park. It’s an idyllic location in which to sit back and enjoy the freshest of Adelaide Hills air. Sparkling is a bit of a speciality here, so grab your friends and settle in for an afternoon of bubbles and a regional tasting platter, overlooking the gardens and vines.
207 Scott Creek Road, Longwood or visit their website here
Bird in Hand Winery
Mosey on over to Bird in Hand Winery at Woodside (20-minute drive from Mount Barker) for a quintessential Adelaide Hills winery experience. The land on which Bird in Hand sits has had an enigmatic past, having sheltered a gold mine and a dairy farm, it was stumbled upon by founders Andrew and Michael Nugent in the late 90s. With rich soil and the climate conditions just right, Bird in Hand winery was born. It is now one of the premier Hills wineries and deserves a visit at least once a year to remind yourself why. Incredible events, hospitality and homegrown produce are matched by their quality wines. There’s nothing like a glass of their famous sparkling overlooking the estate to ease your stresses away – even for a moment. Don’t miss their annual concerts!
Bird in Hand & Pfeiffer Roads, Woodside or visit their website here
Shaw + Smith Wines
A skip, hop and a jump away (a 5-minute drive from Bird in Hand and 15-minutes from Mount Barker) we find ourselves at Shaw + Smith Wines, with the cellar door at Balhannah a gem on the Adelaide Hills winery map. Predominantly growing sauvignon blanc and shiraz at the Balhannah site, the cooler and wetter climate has resulted in some modern South Australian classics. A visit to this gourmet cellar door is a must – a lot of care and attention has gone into to creating a tasting experience you won’t forget. The wine flight matched with cheese is a particular favourite amongst visitors.
136 Jones Road, Balhannah or visit their website here
Literally right across the road from Shaw + Smith why not double up and hit Nepenthe Wines cellar door. With vine parcels dotted around the hills region, Balhannah is where the Nepenthe cellar door calls home. It’s a stunning location, with breathtaking views, and if the weather is kind, definitely grab a table or picnic rug and drink and eat al fresco on the lawn amongst the vines.
93 Jones Road, Balhannah or visit their website here
The Lane Vineyard
Popping over to Hahndorf (only a 13-minute drive from Mount Barker), stop by The Lane Vineyard for a food and wine experience with a warm welcome and mouth-watering cuisine. A modern tasting room experience is on offer at The Lane. Think exquisite contemporary food matched with exquisite fine wines. Take some time out and luxuriate in the stunning surroundings and congratulate yourself on a choice well made.
5 Ravenswood Lane, Hahndorf or visit their website here
Hahndorf Hill Winery
Staying in Hahndorf, take a trip to the much-loved Hahndorf Hill Winery. The inviting cellar door is set in the heart of the vineyard – so you can taste the fruits of the wine you see growing around you. Voted as one of the ‘Top 10’ Australian cellar doors in WBM | Australia’s Wine Business Magazine, this cellar door has an ace up its sleeve for the sweet tooths out there with their ChocoVino tastings: chocolate wine tasting. Chocolate and matched wine? Run, don’t walk.
38 Pain Road, Hahndorf or visit their website here
While in Hahndorf, stop into Somerled. Located at the beginning of Main Street, Somerled Wines is owned by the delightful Moody family. Offering ‘platters, wine and cheer’, the cellar bar is the perfect place to spend an evening or Sunday arvo sipping wine as you watch passersby explore the picturesque streets of Hahndorf. Book a private group tasting if you’d like, then sit by the open fire and enjoy.
89 Main Street, Hahndorf or visit their website here
Sidle out to Verdun and drop in at Sidewood Wines cellar door. Overlooking the golf putting greens and lake, this is casual dining, Hills style – grab a table on the deck and relax with a glass of Sidewood wine and a tasting plate. If you’re after an exceptional dining experience, you can’t go past booking a table at Maximilian’s Restaurant. Think seasonal, regional menus, matched with Sidewood wines. If you fancy a stretch after stuffing yourself with food and wine, then take the SIdewood hole-in-one golf challenge. Just try not to hit the resident emu.
15 Onkaparinga Valley Road, Verdun or visit their website here
Pike and Joyce Wines Single Estate Vineyard
When the Joyce family, fifth generation horticulturists, collaborated in 1998 with the Pike family, who were very much established in winemaking and viticulture, it was a recipe for award-winning wine. Perfect for the romantic date – wine and dine with their delectable Al La Carte menu, available from Thursday to Sunday, at the Top of the Hill Restaurant. Or, book a group outing with a shared platter from Monday to Wednesday as you look over the sweeping vines.
730 Mawson Road, Lenswood or visit their website here
Tilbrook Estate Winery and Cellar Door
With a simple philosophy of ‘handmade by our hands’, eccentric winemaker James and his rustic Tilbrook Estate, offer a quirky spin on the winery experience as you taste wine from within their off-grid style cellar door, a shipping container. As one of the smallest ‘grape to bottle’ wineries in the Hills, be sure to take a tour, taste some wine and get to know James and how his unfortunate welcome to Australia, involving him breaking his neck, still didn’t slow down his dreams and passion in winemaking.
1856 Lobethal Road, Lobethal or visit their website here
Kersbrook Hill Wine and Cider
If you are looking to encounter a boutique winery, Kersbrook promises to offer the wine enthusiast to the casual drinker an ‘experience to remember’. Try their latest creation, Premium Basket Pressed Apple Cider or sit back and relax with their fantastic range of distinctive style wines and ciders. Pair with their cellar door favourites – Local Legends pizza or Choc Marshmallow Slice for a taste you’ll never forget. Grab a few friends and escape to the hills for a night of fine wine and a chance of live music.
1498 South Para Road, Kersbrook or visit their website here
While there are many cellar doors to check out in the Adelaide Hills, it’s important to remember those without tasting rooms that can be purchased online and at any good wine retailer. So, here are our top 3.
Wicks Estate Wines
Of course, we can’t go past the award-winning Wicks Estate Wines. With their vineyard located in Woodside, this family owned and operated wine producer are dedicated to producing high quality, estate grown wines. They have a stellar lineup of bottles on offer direct from their website and have recently been announced as a 5 Star Winery by James Halliday with eight of their wines receiving 90 points or more. It’s well worth a visit to their website but deciding on which award-winning wine to buy will be the challenge!
Mt Bera Wines
Located in Gumeracha, Mt Bera produce an incredible range of single vineyard wines including pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and Gruner Veltliner. You can buy their wines online or wait until their upcoming cellar door and restaurant is complete to pay them a visit.
Shining Rock Vineyard
And last but certainly not least we have Shining Rock in Nairne. Vineyard visits are available by appointment but we recommend checking out their website to purchase a bottle of their Viognier, Sangiovese or Shiraz.
Living close to world-class wineries is all part and parcel of life at Newenham. Don’t take our word for it though, come up and explore these Adelaide Hills Wineries and everything else the region has to offer.
While you’re in the gorgeous Adelaide Hills, pop in and visit us at Newenham’s Sales & Information Centre, 164 Flaxley Road, Mount Barker, open 12 – 5pm every day.
We look forward to welcoming you to Newenham soon.