My final day around Adelaide took me to the closest wine region to the city – the Adelaide Hills.
It is not until you are visit a region that you truly understand the significance of certain features and the contrasts with other areas. The Adelaide Hills were very different to Clare, Barossa and Mclaren Vale. It was a steep drive out of the city and then suddenly, within 20 minutes I was in woodland, forest and a real feeling of remoteness despite the relative proximity to the urban sprawl. My only problem was that I couldn’t find any vineyards!
My sat nav was a bit useless and I drove down many a meaningless track before at last finding some utterly spectacular views and the prospect of some memorable dining close to the vines.
Brian Croser (of Petaluma fame) has his original Tiers Chardonnay vineyard in the Piccadilly zone and a smart tasting here is very much in store. The wines are magnificent and the Tapanappa brand represents some seriously high quality and very low production.
Pike and Joyce’s vineyard occupies one of the most stunning location of my trip so far in the Mount Lofty range and there is something raw and natural going on in Summertown’s Aristologist……
A fascinating rip awaits in and around Adelaide with an abundance of contrast, diversity and uniformly high quality.
Onwards to Melbourne.