Step into an enchanted land where an afternoon of exquisite food and wine stretches both time and the imagination. Find the magic, and a little mystery, in the Adelaide Hills.
The Adelaide Hills, stretch from the Barossa in the north, to Kuitpo Forest in the south and are a cultured landscape which reflects the lives and activities of its past inhabitants; from the Peramangk Aboriginal people, to the early German and English settlers; through to those who now call it home.
With more than 40 cellar doors, the Adelaide Hills offers many options for visitors to indulge. As one of Australia’s best cool climate wine regions, there’s a cellar door over every hill.
The Adelaide Hills’ first grape vines were planted in 1839, three years after European settlers arrived in Adelaide; six years later Australia’s first wine export was on its way to England.
The Adelaide Hills is also well-known for apples, cherries, strawberries, lettuce, leeks and German-style bakeries and smallgoods.
Cheese has become a big part of the Adelaide Hills’ food and wine experience since two award-winning producers of gourmet cheese, Woodside Cheese Wrights and Udder Delights, opened their doors in the 1990s.
There are three major shopping precincts in the Adelaide Hills; Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest German settlement; the garden village of Stirling and thriving Mount Barker.