Individual analysis of the Adelaide Hills by grape variety:
Chardonnay | Sauvignon Blanc | Shiraz | Pinot Noir | Sparkling | Alternative varieties
The Adelaide Hills wine region shocks everyone who takes the effortless 20-minute drive east from downtown Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia.
Wine professionals and punters alike find a wildly undulating terrain they didn’t expect. It’s a crazy patchwork quilt of untouched bushland, urban homes, farm plots and manicured vineyards.
There’s no simple pattern to these sites, which range greatly in topography and microclimate, producing a huge range of grape varieties, from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir on elevated plots of dizzying steepness, to less-familiar Mediterranean varieties in the more open, sunny areas.