Adelaide Hills The Land of the Long Lunch
Drive just 20-minutes east of Adelaide and arrive in the land of the long lunch, where vineyards and orchards blossom under crisp blue skies and open fires beckon you inside to enjoy a glass of local wine.
The Adelaide Hills is dotted with small historic towns that boast a thriving cafe culture, more than 50 cellar doors, roadside stalls, fruit and vegetable farms, microbreweries, sophisticated pub fare and produce markets.
Whether you decide to take a cooking class, pick your own strawberries or follow a cheese, wine and chocolate trail, there are many culinary adventures to choose from in the Adelaide Hills.
A weekend in the Adelaide Hills
With crisp apples direct from the farm gate to fine dining overlooking the rolling vineyards, the Adelaide Hills has it all on offer, straight from nature’s top shelf.
Make a weekend of it, starting with a leisurely drive to The Summertown Aristologist and find a hills community sharing their appreciation of good food and wine. Accompanying the local wine labels is a changing menu inspired by seasons and the dreamy kitchen garden.
Head to Uraidla and find Lost in a Forest. This converted church is a much-loved hub of Basket Range wines and fresh, local produce turned into the most delicious of morsels.
Visit The Lane Vineyard for a celebration of food and wine diversity. Beginning with one of their many behind-the-scenes winery tours and tastings, you'll uncover some of the histories and mysteries of The Lane’s barrel room. Retire to the contemporary comfort of the Dining Room, where you can take in the textured landscape of the surrounding Adelaide Hills. Indulge in single vineyard wines paired with a harmonious menu from the hatted-kitchen, showcasing locally sourced hero ingredients.
End the day at Hardy's Verandah Restaurant at Mount Lofty House and discover the 165-year-old cellars and degustation. Chef Jin Choi celebrates the life and spirit of original Mount Lofty house owner, Arthur Hardy, and his love for lavish high society parties through the rich food, wine and surrounds. For a more relaxed, intimate experience try the Arthur Waterhouse Lounge, which pays tribute to the temperament of the second owner of Mount Lofty House, Arthur Waterhouse.