Find your way around Hahndorf’s wineries with this brief guide on all things wine.
The Adelaide Hills has long been known for its cool climate award-winning artisan winemakers and bottles full of personality. Hahndorf is, of course, at the heart of this wine-loving area – the closest wine region to an international airport in the world!
With over 90 Adelaide Hills wine labels and 50 cellar doors in the Adelaide Hills region, South Australians consider themselves incredibly lucky. Beautiful Hahndorf is home to a number of these wonderful wineries and vineyards, all producing stellar wines by hand and practicing their art with pure passion.
Find out more about our local cellar doors here.
Uncover some of the best-kept wine secrets in the Adelaide Hills Wine Centre, where over 60 of the finest winemakers from our region are on show in an historic stable and smokehouse next to the Hahndorf Inn. Taste one from the wine wall, have a chance to meet the maker and match wines to local produce while listening to experts talk you through their extensive collection.
35 Main Street, Hahndorf SA 5245
Although their vines are located on the outskirts of Macclesfield, the boutique cellar door of Bendbrook Wines can be found on Hahndorf’s Main Street in a refurbished 150-year-old cottage. Producing only premium single-vineyard bottles, tastings become an adventure as you taste the varieties and nuances of the season’s weather. Visit year-round with open fires in winter or a shaded balcony perfect for summer afternoons as you indulge in a drop of their shiraz or rosé while you graze on a tasty platter and people watch.
79 Main Street, Hahndorf SA 5245
Larry and Marc of Hahndorf Hill Winery are devoted to producing food-friendly wines using a range of Austrian grape varieties such as gruner veltliner, zweigelt and St Laurent, as well as the cool-climate classics like sauvignon blanc, shiraz and dry rosé. Rated by Wine Business Magazine as one of the top 10 cellar doors in Australia, the team at Hahndorf Hill Winery can cater for small and large groups. Tastings, gourmet platters, cheese plates, coffee, cake and the famous ChocoVino experience are available when the cellar door is open. In 2016, Hahndorf Hill Winery were named the ‘Best Producer of <100 Tonnes’ at the Adelaide Hills Wine Show, and their 2016 White Mischief Gruner Veltliner was named the best in its category.
38 Pain Road, Hahndorf SA 5245
This 25ha vineyard and on-site cellar door are located mid-way between Hahndorf and Balhannah, offering spectacular views of the Mount Lofty Ranges. Built in 1996, the Nepenthe Group now also features a further 80ha of vines dispersed across the Adelaide Hills, with plenty of room for expansion. When visiting the cellar door, we recommend picking up a bottle of The Good Doctor Pinot Noir, named in memory of Nepenthe patriarch Dr Ed Tweddell, as well as their award-winning Winemaker Select Arneis.
Jones Road, Balhannah SA 5242
Open on the first weekend of every month (or by appointment), Scott & La Prova is located behind the RockBare cellar door. With Scott featuring a range of traditional wines made from locally sourced grapes, La Prova – or ‘the trial’ and ‘the experiment’ – introduce Italian varietals available in Australia. Tastings are a delightful journey in this cellar door! If you can manage to get your hands on some, their fiano is unbelievable; a real secret treasure, just like their cellar door.
102 Main Street, Hahndorf SA 5245
Join the exclusive Somerled Jockey Club for your chance to experience a full tasting of their premium drops with your friends, alongside a long list of membership benefits. With their wines only available at the cellar bar, as well as at selected restaurants around the country, you’ll have to visit Lucy’s smiley face to pick up a bottle of your favourite. Somerled’s 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé was recently named the ‘Best Rosé on Show’ at the Adelaide Hills Wine Show. While you’re there, you can also create a basket of picnic produce from Thursday to Monday, including jams, cheeses, sausage and bread, that you can enjoy in their courtyard or take home to enjoy.
89 Main Street, Hahndorf SA 5245
The ever-popular vineyards at The Lane is just a few minutes’ drive from the Main Street of Hahndorf. With a tasting room, dining room available for lunch, corporate packages, wedding packages, masterclasses to blend your own wine and a golf competition, you’ll have an absolute ball no matter your reason for visiting. While you’re there, we recommend exploring their Heritage Wines, including the Cuvee Helen Blanc de Blanc and JC Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon. If you feel like arriving in style, you can arrange to land on site in a helicopter.
5 Ravenswood Lane, Hahndorf SA 5245
Coming soon… Bringing together over 60 years of Australian wine history and the life of the great Wolf Blass, this gallery and museum development is set to be opened towards the end of 2017. Supporting the growth of Australia’s wine industry, it will be home to a range of equipment, memorabilia, artefacts and decorations collected over time for the public and industry to enjoy. Stay tuned for more information!
If you’d like to discover more about wines in the area, visit the Adelaide Hills Wine Region website here.