Altitude and attitude

The wines from Adelaide Hills are shaped by the coolness of the region’s altitude, its changing seasons and the skill and passion of its winemakers. There were vines planted in the Adelaide Hills as early as the 1870s but due to the challenges of cool-climate viticulture in those early days, most vines were removed by the 1930s. The rebirth of the Adelaide Hills region started in 1970s and gained pace with the rise in popularity of cool climate wines in the 1980s and 1990s.

The cooler climate defines the Adelaide Hills and provides them with a distinctive point of difference to other South Australian regions that has allowed it to spearhead the evolution of Australian wine in recent years. Its winemaking evolution continues to this day, and it is now a hotbed of creativity; home to bold, boundary-pushing grape growers and winemakers.

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Adelaide Hills
Adelaide Hills
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3052ha
Total vineyard area
149-714m
Altitude
34° 98'S
Latitude
268mm
Growing season rainfall
20.4°c
Mean temperature (Jan)
1606
Heat degree days
Climate
  • Altitude creates various meso-climates but overall the climate is cool
  • The region is very hilly with various valleys and sub-valleys
  • Some west facing slopes in the northern area are warm enough to ripen Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Most of the region is best suited to early ripening varieties
Soil
  • Predominantly grey-brown or brown loamy sands
  • Some patches of mostly sandy soils 

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