The Adelaide Hills is one of my favourite wine regions here in South Australia. It offers absolutely everything from quaint cafes, cellar doors with breathtaking views and an award winning cheesery. Last Sunday some friends and I grabbed the knitted jumpers and headed for the hills, hitting some wineries and eating some delicious local produce.

We had a few too many tastings, ate some very delicious pizza and froze our butts off but it was totally worth it. We managed to fit in brunch, lunch and 4 wineries, as well as a stop off at the local choccie shop without it being too rushed- below is how it all played out.

Stop 1/Brunch- Seasonal Garden Café, Hahndorf

Because you have to line your stomach with something other than wine in the morning! We headed to The Seasonal Garden Café in Hahndorf, filling up on strong coffee and their famous seasonal fruit pancakes. These pancakes are seriously divine! This café was given a facelift some time ago and is absolutely massive- they have a huge deck area outside as well as a giant garden for the kids to get lost in.

You can find the Seasonal Garden Cafe at 100 Main Road, Hahndorf

Stop 2- Nepenthe Wines

On the top of a hill in Balhannah, overlooking rolling vineyards- you’ve got Nepenthe. This was the first time I visited this cellar door and I was blown away. The outlook was gorgeous and I already cant wait to visit in Summer to have a picnic out on their lawns. We loved all their wines, but our standouts were the reds. It’s the perfect place to soak in the view over a glass of red, or if you’re feeling peckish they have platter essentials from Udder Delights cheese, locally made chutneys and boutique chocolates from Red Cacao in Stirling.

You can find Nepenthe at 93 Jones Road, Balhannah

Stop 3- Artwine

It’s not very often you visit a winery and love every single one of their wines. But this happened at Artwine. We loved our stay at Artwine- the cellar door itself is gorgeous, airy and has the most incredible view. We were huge fans of their Prosecco and Riesling, as well as their Shiraz. We were also madly in love with their resident wine dog Coco, who lapped up all of the pats. We can’t wait to head back here for a platter or two, especially when the weather is warmer because their outdoor area is a beauty!

You can find Artwine at 72 Bird In Hand Road, Woodside

Stop 4- Bird in Hand 

Anyone who knows me well knows I LOVE Bird in hands sparkling Pinot, so when we went to the Hills this winery was a no brainer. The grounds are stunning, the wines are delicious and I wish we could have stayed for lunch in the barrel hall (one we will come back for!). We were big fans of their 2016 Pinot Grigio and Nero d’Avola- they have quite the long tasting list so be prepared.

You can find Bird in hand winery at the corner of Bird in Hand & Pfeiffer Roads, Woodside

Stop 5/Lunch time- Barristers Block Wines

This was the perfect way to round up our Sunday session. Barrister Block is a cellar door with huge grounds, a open  undercover area and on this occasion, wood fired with someone playing acoustic tunes. That’s what I call the perfect way to spend a Sunday. Their Sparkling Blush is a personal favourite, and we paired it with a bocconcini, tomato and basil pizza and cheese platter. It was a generous and tasty feed, and it was such a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

You can find Barrister Block at 141 Onkaparinga Valley Road, Woodside

Stop 6- Melbas chocolate factory

Our last stop of the day was a sweet one. I love Melbas- it’s the perfect place for little and big kids, and has all the kinds of chocolate and toffees you could dream of. Even better is that they are made on site at their factory in Woodside. We snaffled bags of coconut rough (a personal favourite) and hot chocolates from their café using Melbas hot chocolate. It was the perfect way to warm up in the chilly weather and for the car ride home.

You can find Melbas Chocolate Factory at 22 Henry Street, Woodside

Do you have a favourite cellar door or lunch spot in the Adelaide Hills? I’d love to know about it- pop it in the comments or let me know via email!

Written by Jess

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