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South Australia Winery Tours
address: 38 Pains Road, Hahndorf SA 5245, Australia
Hahndorf Hill Winery is a boutique wine producer situated only a few minutes’ drive from the German-heritage town of Hahndorf and its tree-lined main street filled with quaint shops and historic pubs. Our vineyard occupies a gentle hill overlooking the town and offers tranquil views over the surrounding countryside. We produce wines made from the classic varieties of the Adelaide Hills wine region such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio and cool-climate Shiraz, as well as a range of Germanic-style wines such as Gruner Veltliner and Blaufrankisch, for which we have won numerous national and international awards. Our cellar door serves a unique Austrian wine flight with cheese, as well as ChocoVino, an acclaimed chocolate and wine matching experience based on the concept of terroir in which our fine wines are matched to some of the world’s best chocolate. Hahndorf Hill Winery is owned by Larry Jacobs and Marc Dobson, who operate it together with cellar door manager Dee Wright and assistant Sloan Bendikas. We look forward to meeting you and to helping make your stay with us a happy and memorable one.
- What differentiates your vineyard to the others in the region? The offering that differentiates us from other vineyards is the exciting range of Germanic-style grape varieties which we grow on our property and from which we make our top-rated wines.
- What's your most popular wine? Our most popular wine is our GRU Gruner Veltliner, a white wine from an Austrian grape variety which has a reputation for making the world’s most food-friendly wine.
- What's your favourite wine to produce? Our favourite wine to produce is our Blaufrankisch, a Germanic red wine with its own unique blau/blue flavours (blueberries and blue/black cherries).
- Does your cellar door have a restaurant? Our cellar door has a glass-enclosed balcony with beautiful views where you can enjoy a unique Austrian wine with cheese, as well as ChocoVino, - a chocolate and wine matching experience based on the concept of terroir.
- What else would you recommend people do while they're in the region? Visitors to the Adelaide Hills should give themselves plenty of time to explore the delights of Hahndorf town by ambling up its shady main street. Look out in town for the Udder Delights Cheese Cellar and for the art gallery ‘The Academy’. Five minutes’ drive from Hahndorf town and open to the public for tours is The Cedars, the historic studio and home of Sir Hans Heysen, South Australia’s most renowned artist. Also recommended on any trip to the Adelaide Hills is a drive to Mt Lofty Summit with its scenic views high over Adelaide, and a visit to the adjacent Cleland Wildlife Park where you can cuddle a koala.
Please note: Hahndorf Hill Winery does not have their kitchen open on Sundays. Guests can still stay on Sundays but will not have the ChocoVino and Cheese options available until the following morning from 10am. The option of complimentary wine tasting at the counter is still available but guests will need to join the next morning for their food options.
address: 92 River Boat Road, Cadell SA 5321, Australia
Be amongst the first to experience wine tasting on the Murray River at our Cellar Door. The Cellar Door is located metres from the beautiful Murray River and its rustic feel blends in perfectly to its surroundings. From its crafted hard wood floors to its recycled red gum pillars brightly lit, you feel like you are drinking wine with the local wild life. When travelling from Waikerie, Cadell or Morgan by boat, this is the perfect destination to pull up and sample some of our local produce, even get a vineyard tour. The vast lawned area provides the perfect setting by the river to enjoy a bottle of wine or two.
- What differentiates your vineyard to the others in the region? At Caudo Vineyard Cellar Door you are literally a stone throw away from the Murray River. There are no cellar doors closer. You can enjoy a glass of wine, Sangria, beer or coffee overlooking the river with the local wildlife. Take the time to go for a walk along our nature track and see the largest colony of endangered regent parrots.If you come on the right day it is possible to go for a vineyard tour and see a very rare car collection as well as learn the day to day workings of the vineyard.
- What's your most popular wine? Currently our Sangria is definitely the most popular in our selection. It is so refreshing on our hot Riverland days.
However we have won many awards for our wine selection. Most recent been our Tempranillo which was in the top 40 best value for money wines in Australia and New Zeland as voted by wine state magazine.
- What's your favourite wine to produce? We love them all!
- Does your vineyard have a restaurant? We Do not have a restaurant, but we do offer a tasting platter showcasing the local produce. Also a fresh garden salad & table top Charcoal BBQ which sits on your table and sizzles away right in front of you. Both of these will feed approximately 4 people.
- What else would you recommend people do while they're in the region?
Havenhand chocolate shop, Rain moth gallery, Viewpoint cafe
War museum, The old paddle steamer jetty
Waikerie to renmark
919 wines, Angles Family winery, Banrock Station, Rustons rose garden, Whistling Kite Wines
address: 319 Step Road, Langhorne Creek SA 5255, Australia
Welcome to Lake Breeze
From humble beginnings, the Follett family's Lake Breeze wines have become some of Australia's most awarded.
The Follett's have been growing grapes in Langhorne Creek for over 120 years and winemakers for 28 years and have rapidly built an enviable reputation for consistently producing outstanding wines. Rated by James Halliday as a 5 red star winery, Lake Breeze has also racked up 37 trophies and over 130 gold medals.
Lake Breeze's charming cellar door incorporates a contemporary eating area, including an upstairs deck with stunning views of the family's old vineyard and the majestic river red gums that line the Bremer River. The perfect place to enjoy a regional platter accompanied by a glass of trophy winning wine!
The Follett's are proud of their heritage and the consistency of their award winning wines. Winemaker, Greg Follett selects only the best 30-40% of fruit from the older vines on the property, to create wines with amazing depth of flavour. These wines include the highly acclaimed 'Bernoota' [Shiraz/Cabernet], Cabernet Sauvignon, Arthur's Reserve and Winemaker's Selection Shiraz labels.
Lake Breeze has become a vibrant location for weddings, concerts and food and wine celebrations set amongst the picturesque vineyards, roses and towering gum trees.
The Follett family have also established The Creek Cottage bed and breakfast, ideal for guests to relax in whilst exploring the Fleurieu Peninsula and now to complete the ultimate winery experience they have opened up their special part of the world as a 'Winery Haven'.
- What differentiates your vineyard to the others in the region? Our family have been growing grapes since the 1880's on the property, however it wasn't until 1987 that we produced our first wines. Since then, we've experienced extraordinary success at national wine shows with our red wines, to become one of the country's most awarded boutique wineries. The most outstanding awards we've won include the Max Schubert Trophy (Best Red Wine) at the Adelaide Wine Show on two occasions and have been rated a 5 red star winery by James Halliday. We've been awarded the Champion Wine of Langhorne Creek at our regional wine show on numerous occasions, cementing our reputation as clearly the best producer in Langhorne Creek.
- What's your most popular wine? 'Bernoota' Shiraz/Cabernet blend - consistently outstanding value for money.
- What's your favourite wine to produce? 'Arthur's Reserve' Cabernet/Petit Verdot/Malbec. Greg uses only the finest 10 barrels of cabernet for this small production. It gives him the opportunity to 'play' with the blend to achieve an outstanding Bordeaux style wine.
- Does your vineyard have a restaurant? Yes, we are open for light lunches. Our newly renovated cellar door offers stunning views across the vineyard and the majestic river red gums that line the Bremer River. Our menu includes regional platters, seasonal salads or soup and home-made pies. There's nothing more perfect than sitting upstairs on the deck with a glass of wine and delicious platter! (we're not open for evening meals unfortunately)
- What else would you recommend people do while they're in the region? There is a very strong sense of community in Langhorne Creek and we always recommend guests visit other cellar doors in the region. The Potts family at Bleasdale settled the area and established the very first vineyards and winery back in the 1850's, so it is well worth visiting their cellar door to soak up the history and try their great wines. There are a total of seven cellar doors in Langhorne Creek, so there is plenty to keep wine lovers busy!
address: Seppeltsfield Rd, Seppeltsfield SA 5355, Australia
Seppeltsfield was established in the Barossa Valley by Joseph and Johanna Seppelt just 15 years after the European settlement of South Australia. Steeped in rich Barossan heritage, the estate is considered a true national treasure which helped shape the history of the Australian wine industry. In 1850, Joseph Seppelt, an emigrant of Silesia, purchased 158 acres of land in the Hundred of Nuriootpa from Hermann Kook, farmer of Tanunda, at £1 an acre. Designating it ‘Seppeltsfield’, his original intention was to farm tobacco, with later Seppelt generations concentrating the estate’s efforts on grape growing and winemaking. Seppeltsfield is most famed for the Centennial Collection - an irreplaceable and unbroken lineage of Tawny of every vintage from 1878 to current year. The estate remains the only winery in the world to release a 100 year old, single vintage wine each year. The estate also boasts a remarkable collection of Apera (Australian Sherry), crossing Fino to Oloroso styles, all held in vast Solero nursery cellars. More recently, the recommissioning of an 1888-built Gravity-fed Cellar has revitalised the estate’s prowess with still wines. Super premium Barossa red varietals are once again passed through the Gravity Cellar, which enables gentle colour and tannin extraction - now a coveted modern day winemaking practice. Seppeltsfield is a marriage of Barossan history, community and fine winemaking endeavour. A new golden era now sees art and design (through JamFactory studios) and gastronomic excellence (through FINO restaurant) contribute to an exciting renaissance of Australia’s iconic wine estate.
- What differentiates your vineyard to the others in the region? Seppeltsfield is a Barossa Wine, Food & Art Paradise.
- What's your most popular wine? Schluck! Seppeltsfield’s contemporary take on the traditional white Port, a popular fortified wine style which sees solely white grapes feature as the varietal backbone. Schluck, a Barossa Deutsch/German reference to ‘drink’ or ‘sip’, is characterised by two main grape varieties - Muscadelle (the variety of ‘Tokay’) and Pedro Ximenez - a traditional Spanish variety used as the basis for many sweet Sherry styles.
- What's your favourite wine to produce? The Centennial Wine = the very finest parcels of Grenache and Shiraz are selected each year from the Seppeltsfield estate vineyards and reserved for the crafting of the 100 year old Tawny. Amongst other traditional techniques, the fruit is crushed in the Seppeltsfield Gravity Flow Winery, where components are foot-pressed in traditional laggars. Following open tank fermentation, the wine is fortified with Brandy spirit and directed to old oak barrels to rest within the renowned Centennial Cellar. Topping barrels are used to keep a dedicated 100 year old barrel as full as possible, as it evaporates over time. The wine is then progressively transferred into smaller barrels as it continues to evaporate and build in concentration. An estimated 3% is lost each year to the ‘angels share’, with the wine continually concentrating in flavour, aroma and viscosity during its maturation in barrel.
- Does your vineyard have a restaurant? Yes, FINO at Seppeltsfield is located on the property and is open for lunch 7 days from 12-3pm and dinner Friday and Saturday nights.
- What else would you recommend people do while they're in the region? Join one of our wine educators on our public Daily Heritage Tour, for a behind the scenes look through the estate’s treasure trove of historical buildings and spectacular surroundings. Learn of the Seppelt family history and their profound influence on the Australian wine industry. 11.30am and 3.30pm daily (minimum 4 people) bookings recommended.
Also, drive along Seppeltsfield Road, it is lined with palms and has many places to visit, including family owned wineries, Maggie Beers Fam Shop and the Seppelt Family Mausoluem. www.seppeltsfieldroad.com
If you are in the area on a Saturday morning then the Barossa Farmers Market in Angaston is a must visit from 7.30-11.30am.
- What is provided in the hamper? The Seppeltsfield Picnic Hamper is full of local products, including local smoked meats, cheese, paste, freshly baked bread. It will be accompanied by either a bottle of Seppeltsfield Red or White wine. Please note; menu may change seasonally.
Please note, Tilbrook Winery is closed due to the impact of AU bushfires until further notice.
address: 1856 Lobethal Rd, Lobethal SA 5241, Australia
Tilbrook Estate is a small family-owned and run vineyard and winery in the Lenswood subregion of the Adelaide Hills. We are about 40 minutes from Adelaide. Lenswood is one of two sub-regions identified as the coolest parts of the Hills. We grow cool climate varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris. Plus we buy in Shiraz from warmer parts of the Adelaide Hills. All wines are made and bottled on site. This is rare in the Adelaide Hills, due to historical reasons most wine producers have their wines contract made and bottled. In our case, it means we can show you around the winery and give you a tasting from the barrel as well as a tour of the vineyard. We planted the vineyard in 1999 and made our first wines in 2002, so we have been around for 18 to 20 years. For most of that time, our winery and cellar door was in the Old Woollen Mill in Lobethal. However, about 18 months ago we relocated the winery and cellar door to our vineyard. You can now share the great view over the Onkaparinga Valley with us, see the mixed landscape of apple orchards, cattle grazing, remnant native vegetation bush block (kangaroos at sunset) and of course vineyards.
- What differentiates your vineyard to the others in the region? We grow, make and bottle all our wines on site. We are organic (not certified) since 2017. Our new cellar door will be zero net carbon, 9 star thermal efficient and provide all its own power and water. Our vineyard has some of the oldest Chardonnay vines in the Hills, as we didn’t rip them out or graft them over in the “Anything But Chardonnay” decade. We are building a brand based on sustainability, connection with the landscape, good wines, and authenticity.
- What's your most popular wine? It varies according to the time of year, and also the demographics of the customer. Generally, we find the younger to middle aged customers like Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Whilst older customers like Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz. But, of course, everyone has their own taste preferences!
- What's your favourite wine to produce? I love good Chardonnay but my second love is good Pinot Noir.
- Does your cellar door have a restaurant? We do a small selection of wood oven pizzas but 24 hour bookings are essential, as we source the ingredients from local producers and have a zero waste policy.
- What else would you recommend people do while they're in the region? 20 minutes away in Birdwood is the National Motor Museum. 10 minutes away is Woodside where there is a chocolate factory and artisan cheese factory. On most Saturdays and Sundays there are markets in the Hills (Stirling, Uraidla, Woodside to name a few. Please check with us which one is on when!) There are quite a lot of road side stalls selling flowers and fruit. The area we are in is renowned for apples, pears and cherries. Depending on the season you may be able to pick your own or buy from the farmgate. There are several good coffee shops nearby: Emma and Ivy in Lobethal, The Providore in Woodside and Danes in Woodside. There are some great restaurants in this area of the Hills too: the Lobethal Bierhaus, Mt Lofty Ranges, Pike and Joyce, Lost in a Forest, Uraidla Hotel, Stanley Bridge Tavern. There’s 11 cellar doors within 15 minutes’ drive each way from us (I recommend our friends at Lobethal Road and Mt Lofty Ranges). If you like bushwalking there’s Bushland Park in Lobethal and there are lots of hiking trails near Mt Lofty / Cleland Park. Also I love the Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens! If you are after something more active and have the right bike, try the mountain bike tracks at Fox Creek!
- What is provided in the hamper? We can offer a wood oven pizza for lunch on Fridays and Saturdays. On all other days, we can offer a platter made up of local produce including Harris smoked salmon, Skara prosciutto, chorizo and pork and fennel salami, and a selection of La Vera cheeses.