The Adelaide Hills is one of Australia’s most exciting wine regions, with stunning cellar doors and plenty of dining options ranging from casual cafes to lavish degustation experiences. We have put together a list of our favourite Adelaide Hills experiences to add to your itinerary. Why not plan a trip and make a weekend of it.
Local Restaurants and Dining
Walk the Talk Café
A rustic kitchen and catering experience in Verdun serving up soups, salads, sandwiches along with Asian and Middle Eastern-inspired dishes. Walk the Talk Café is ideal for a casual lunch before an afternoon of cellar door hopping.
Located in an attractive early 1900s building, Woodside Providore is a longstanding café that was completely renovated in 2017. Championing Adelaide Hills food and wine, it’s now open for dinner on Fridays and weekends, along with breakfast and lunch seven days.
Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant
Overlooking idyllic Piccadilly Valley, Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant is located in historic Mount Lofty House, built in 1852 for Arthur Hardy. Magnificent views await, accompanied by either short or long story tasting menus. Sommeliers provide their wine matching services to provide the perfect complement to your dining experience.
The cellar door for Croser and Petaluma is located in the Central Adelaide Hills township of Woodside, just a 40-minute drive from Adelaide CBD. The central hills stretches from Belair on the city outskirts to Kanmantoo in the west, with Lobethal and Mount Barker respectively considered to be the north-south borders.
This area of the Adelaide Hills is home to many of the region’s finest wine producers, making it ideal for cellar door hopping. Once you’ve visited Croser, find some of our other favourite wineries here.
The region is heavily influenced by its German heritage, which is evident as you stroll through the quaint town of Hahndorf. Shops, galleries, pubs, restaurants and other culinary experiences await visitors. It's the perfect way to enjoy a lazy afternoon. Keen to try some other wines? The Adelaide Hills Wine Centre, located in Hahndorf Inn, is a great place to taste and purchase a huge variety of wines from across the entire region.
A short drive away you'll find the attractive village of Stirling, which offers plenty of options for dining and shopping. Local produce, plants, and arts and crafts are available for purchase at the Stirling Market, held on the fourth Sunday of every month.
Mount Lofty Botanic Garden has a stunning array of cool climate plants from all around the world, along with walking trails, signature artworks and themed sculptures.
Cherry, apple and pear orchards are common throughout the area, with some growers offering visitors the chance to pick their own fruit. The ready availability of apples and pears has unsurprisingly resulted in a vibrant community of cider producers. Based in Verdun, award-winning winemaker Sidewood is now producing ciders that are winning critical acclaim.
Plus, gin enthusiasts can visit Ambleside Distillers’ tasting bar on their scenic property in Hahndorf.