Adelaide Hills Food and Wine
A smorgasbord of great food and wine
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.
No one knows whether Queen Victoria ever drunk the Echunga “Hock” but things have certainly changed for the better.
With more than 60 wineries and acclaimed locally grown food and produce, indulge your appetite in the Adelaide Hills. As one of Australia’s best cool climate wine regions, there’s a cellar door around every corner.
Try before you buy
'Tasting centres' offer tastings from wineries that don’t have a cellar door. The centres also create a link between Adelaide Hills’ wine and produce makers, by selling a range of premium local produce.
Cheese is now a big part of the Adelaide Hills’ food experience. In the 1990s, two cheesemakers opened their doors - Woodside Cheese Wrights and Udder Delights. Both are now award-winning producers and their cheese is on sale at many cellar doors. Udder Delights is also the start of the Adelaide Hills Cheese and Wine Trail. The trail is a self-drive tour and is a three course progressive picnic. Try Adelaide Hills cheese matched with the region’s best wine.
Indulge in Hahndorf Hill Winery’s ChocoVino experience. Sample the world’s most luxurious chocolate, matched to Hahndorf Hill’s fine wines.
The best way to learn about food is to get “hands-on”. There are several cooking schools and cheesemaking classes in the Adelaide Hills. Learn about the process and the stories behind the ingredients. It’s guaranteed fun and a tasty way to take home a lasting memory of your holiday.
From a backyard shed in 1981 to a big factory in Woodside, continue your food education at Melba’s Chocolate and Confectionery Factory. See, taste and buy chocolate and confectionery made the old-fashioned way.
Farm fresh and boutique brews
There really is nothing better than buying food straight from the farmer or producer in the Adelaide Hills. Every weekend you’ll find markets stocked with the freshest seasonal produce.
Beer lovers also have unique Hills flavours to savour. Lobethal Bierhaus and Grumpy’s Brewhaus are two micro-breweries that produce all-grain European influenced beers and themed food to match.
The Adelaide Hills… it’s a food bowl.
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