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Adelaide Hills

It’s rare to find a capital city where you can drive 20 minutes from the CBD and be smack-bang in the middle of rolling vineyards, grand vistas and ancient gums. Adelaide Hills is literally on Adelaide’s doorstep and it boasts some of Australia’s best-known wineries, cracking boutique operators and an exciting, natty wine scene. With the recent devastating bushfires, now is the time to visit and support the winemakers here.


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There is something about the drive into Skillogalee Wines along Hughes Park Road that gets me every time. I think it’s the sight of those contour-planted vineyards hugging the hillside next to the road that signal I’m getting close to my destination.

More often than not, that involves an extended lunch, sitting at my favourite table under the olive tree, and indulging in some of the best food and wine the Clare Valley has to offer.

The Spanish have a great word that doesn’t directly translate to English, but it sums up the experience at Skillogalee beautifully – sobremesa. It’s that time spent at the dining table after a meal. Time that is spent chatting with friends, relaxing and drinking great wine – fully sated and blissfully happy in both your company and surroundings.

Skillogalee is the perfect place for a lunch. Fantastic food, crisp, gorgeous Clare Valley riesling, the dappled light of the outdoor eating area, the sweet-scented air rolling off the vineyards. ‘Skilly’ has a range of accommodation options available, so you can settle into a long lunch without a care. DAVID BROOKES

OUTSTANDING WINE:  2017 Skillogalee Trevarrick Riesling, A$53

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