Altitude and attitude

The Adelaide Hills region is located south-east of the city of Adelaide. The GI region is nearly 1500 km2 in size and has a total of 3957 hectares of vineyards.

Due to its high altitude, the climate is cool, although valleys and sub-valleys create various meso-climates.

The main varieties grown in the region are Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Shiraz. 

Adelaide Hills Regional Snapshot 2020

Regional Snapshots are one-page profiles updated annually of individual Australian wine regions. They provide at-a-glance summary statistics on: climatic characteristics, viticulture data, winegrape production, and winegrape price and export sales data for wine, compared against the same statistics for the whole of Australia.

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Adelaide Hills
Adelaide Hills
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3,957ha
Total vineyard area
149-714m
Altitude
34° 98'S
Latitude
268mm
Growing season rainfall
20.4°c
Mean temperature (Jan)
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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