Wine Regions

Adelaide Hills Wine Region

Adelaide Hills is a cool-climate region that is renowned for producing elegant wines such as Shiraz, Chardonnay and Sauv Blanc.

The wineries of the Adelaide Hills region undulate between 400 and 700 metres above sea level. Set amongst orchards, verdant farmland, bushland, dairy farms and historical landmarks that amount to one of Australia’s most scenic wine regions.


Located 20 minutes outside the city of Churches, Adelaide Hills is a cool-climate region that is renowned for producing elegant wines such as Shiraz, Chardonnay and Sauv Blanc. However, some wineries are seeing great success with other alternative varieties, most notably Tempranillo, Montepulciano and Pinot Grigio.

Cool Climate

Surrounded by the biggest names in South Australian wine like the Barossa and Eden Valleys to the north and McLaren Vale to the south, Adelaide Hills is cooler by day (4 degrees) and by night (8 degrees) than neighbouring Barossa.


The Adelaide Hills is home to some of Australia’s great new-wave wine grower and producer stories, with first plantings dedicated solely to fine wine under the watchful eyes of industry legends. Indeed, the replanting of the Adelaide Hills in the late 1970s and early 1980s was pivotal in Australian wine culture, particularly for sparkling wine, Chardonnay and cool climate Shiraz.

The Wines

Tolley Regional Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2015

This highly rated, cool-climate Shiraz from legendary regional label Tolley (the winery has another stunning wine in the Finalists in our Red Wine of the Year 2017). Showing delicious ripe blackberry and savoury oak notes there are subtle hints of spice leading to a long, balanced finish backed by gentle tannins.

Monterra Adelaide Hills Cabernet Tempranillo 2014

Fragrant cherry and plum notes with a touch of fresh nutmeg. This wine shows cherry and cassis along with dark plums and fresh-grated nutmeg on the nose and palate, with a touch of spice and silky tannins. A medium-bodied wine with integrated complex flavours, lengthy tannins and a lingering pleasant‑finish - this has Adelaide Hills written all over it.

Mr Riggs Adelaide Hills Generation Series Montepulciano 2014

James Halliday describes this as "utterly seductive" awarding 96 points in the process. The hints of spice upfront carry right the way through to the palate that develops to both sweet tobacco and the cigar-box characters. The finish lingers with notes of vanilla straight from the pod. Firm where it should be, subtle when needed — intense throughout.

Tash Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2016

This beautiful Adelaide Hills Chardonnay comes from award winning winemaker Natasha Mooney. She's internationally recognised for wines of purity and it shows in this complex wine. The palate shows fresh white stonefruit with a mineral acidity and a finish that's infused with subtle oak flavours.

Bird in Hand Blackbird Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Named after the "Bird in Hand" gold mine that operated in the district in the 1850s, this multi-award-winning Adelaide Hills winery is ideally suited to producing cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc. This one is full of honey, citrus and passionfruit flavours and has a fresh and vibrant finish. Named Adelaide Hills Winery of the Year at the Melbourne International Wine Competition 2014 and Winestate magazine's 2014 Winemaker of the Year.

Vinaceous Sirenya Adelaide Hills Pinot Grigio 2016

The Sirenya Pinot Grigio is sourced from the elevated Mygunya Vineyard in the Adelaide Hills on the border of McLaren Vale. Made in a true 'Grigio' style, this wine from the super stylish Vinaceous shows a clean pair of heels; it’s crisp and minerally across the palate finishing with pristine acidity.


File under:

  • South Australia
  • Chardonnay
  • Cool Climate
  • Adelaide Hills