8 Family Friendly Experiences in the Adelaide Hills Wine Region

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By Lauren Boxhall

Winey Mum Lauren Boxhall shares with us her favourite family friendly experiences in the Adelaide Hills wine region, as well as her hot tips for discovering some great cooler climate wines.

1. Bird In Hand

It would be amiss – nay, a social faux pas – not to include this grand dame of the Adelaide Hills wine region. A calling card of rose and sparkling of world renown, the old barrel cellar is the perfect place to taste as you drink in the views with your children as you enjoy the fresh air on the patio. Inclement weather never downs spirits here – there are cosy indoor nooks – the staff providing great service and clean facilities for young ones.

2. ArtWine

A beautiful estate down Bird In Hand Road that has recently been tizzied up with some striking colourful barrels, shady nooks and accessible to all. Their award winning wine roster boasts an impressive variety of styles that have won awards and loyal aficionados alike. The vineyard and cellar door is accessible to all members of a family, and are accommodating of the colour and life of children.

3. Nepenthe

Sitting atop of a remarkable ridge on the hill, this impressive cellar door is one of the crown jewels through a valley that also boasts Shaw & Smith, Longview and The Lane Vineyard. Nepenthe have a friendly atmosphere and are a must as exemplars of what the Adelaide Hills does best – elegant Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Arneis, the latter an emerging Italian varietal. Keep in mind that there are steep hills but its still pram road-worthy along the wending paths around the cellar door perched on the hill, like all good houses of religion (this being the vinous kind).

4. Howard Vineyard

A rolling vineyard that makes use of its sloping scene. The vineyard surrounds a spacious picnic area, clean and accessible toilets and baby change rooms. They have an intriguing range of wines to taste and did we mention the delicious Vietnamese food in the Clover Restaurant? Howard is easy to reach, turning off from Mt Barker and near Woodside where we meet our next cold climate classic cellar door.

5. Golding Wines

A classic in the cool climate scene, family run (includes Winey Dog) and the epitome of the warm country hospitality the Adelaide Hills is renowned for. Golding Wines boast sweeping views, accessible for prams and flat expanses as well as prime grassy hills for rolling, frolicking and room to rest in the shade. The cellar door has a welcoming cellar door atmosphere, mainly cultivated by Winey Mum Lucy Golding and her winemaker husband Darren, together with his parents, former Hills fruit merchant Greg and Connie. They are accommodating of young babies with their clean bathrooms, and will go out of their way to make you feel ‘at home’. Try their Handcart Shiraz or the Last Hurrah Sparkling for starters…

6. Barrister’s Block

Bucolic farm delights, headed by a 160-year-old barn, what more could you want? How about homestead views towards the Ranges, animals and an interesting mix of classic varietals on the wine list for Barrister’s Block. They provide boxes of toys but you might not make much use of Duplo when there’s plenty of fun on the farm; the property is beautiful in the late afternoon (think the 1995 movie ‘Babe’). The most fun you can have without breaking the law!

7. Hahndorf Hill Winery

German hospitality has deep roots within the community and culture of the Adelaide Hills. Here is the place to visit if you want to try world-class expressions of Germanic/Austrian varieties such as their star Grüner Veltliner and Bläufrankisch…or perhaps some refined cool climate varieties, such as Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz. Did I mention the ChocoVino tasting flights? They are warm and friendly to young children and are a hop, skip and a jump down the road to the familiar delights of the main street of Hahndorf, ja!

8. Unico Zelo/Applewood Distillery

Exciting new cellar door in family friendly Gumeracha; with a focus on fresh alternative variety wines and distilled memories! Be the coolest kids on the block when you return enthused by the avid enthusiasm of winemakers Brendan and Laura Carter. There are stairs to get into the cellar door but accessibility has been kept in mind with a ramp to enter the building itself. Due to immense interest in the two labels, you can book one of three daily behind the scenes sessions (max. 10) Just add wine or a mixed gin delight, with a quiet and green environment that is unique Hills wineries like Unico Zelo, and you get fun, fun, fun!

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Published: 30 May 2017

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