MT LOFTY RANGES WINERY REGION
The Mt Lofty Ranges wine zone covers an area of central South Australia that houses three wine regions, including Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills and Adelaide Plains. The wines produced in these regions vary due to vastly different climates, from the Adelaide Hills, which is one of the coolest regions in South Australia, to the Adelaide Plains, which is one of the hottest and flattest regions. The Clare Valley enjoys a hot and dry climate, and is celebrated for its world-renowned riesling, as well as shiraz and cabernet sauvignon.
Welcome to the Adelaide Hills, the only place in Australia where a city seamlessly flows into a wine region; where you can step from a restaurant deck to a vineyard row, walk out of deep bush into a pristine, glass-walled winery, wander from perfumed orchards to rustic pubs and amble from breathtaking mountain tops to cooling streams.
The Adelaide Hills welcomes the open-minded traveller; someone who likes to challenge the status quo. Visit one of its 50 eclectic cellar doors and taste everything from its iconic edgy sauvignon blanc and new-wave chardonnay to its cool-climate shiraz and ground-breaking grüner veltliner. Trust Adelaide Hills to show you a wine that will surprise and delight.
When hunger strikes, you’re already in the right spot. You’re surrounded by market gardeners, bakers and butchers that produce some of the finest, freshest produce in South Australia.
The Clare Valley wine region is an enchanting place with postcard-perfect scenery that changes flawlessly with the seasons. Often referred to as ‘God’s own country’, this land is filled with romance, rustic stone buildings and warm country hospitality, and is an easy two-hour drive north of Adelaide.
Unlike Australia’s bigger wine regions, most of the wineries in the Clare Valley are on the smaller boutique scale, which means the person serving you at the cellar door may be the owner. Winemaking in the Clare Valley stretches back more than 160 years, with more than 35 cellar doors in the region today – each quite different in its approach to winemaking.
Celebrated for its rieslings, the Clare Valley also produces some wonderful reds, including shiraz and cabernet. The highly acclaimed wines produced from the region are always popular at national and international wine shows, and can be found on restaurant wine lists and in private cellars around the world. Today, the region has more than 4000 hectares of premium fruit available for its passionate, innovative and brilliant grape growers and winemakers to work with.
The Clare Valley is home to an emerging gourmet food scene, with several cellar doors offering seasonal platters, restaurant dining or tapas-style cuisine. If you’re feeling up to it, you can also cycle along the famous Riesling Trail, visiting cellar doors, restaurants, art galleries, coffee shops and bakeries as you go. Spend a lazy couple of days, or just an afternoon, appreciating some of the best regional food, wine, scenery, history and art that you will find anywhere – it’s all in the Clare Valley.