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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.

A.T. Richardson Wines

Star Cellar Door

0438 066 477

Of all the wine regions that experienced international winemaker Adam Richardson could have chosen upon his return to Australia from the US, he chose the Grampians. Take that as a major endorsement of the area and its noteworthy, cooler climate style of elegant shiraz. Outside of shiraz, he’s also pursuing Durif, tannat and nebbiolo in addition to producing a small range of white wines, pinot gris and riesling.

Richardson produces a number of excellent shiraz under his Chockstone label and premium Hard Hill Road label, which is the home source block. The latter wine from the 2016 vintage took out the Champion Shiraz Trophy at the National Cool Climate Wine Show last year. Newly-opened at 103 Hard Hill Road, Armstrong, the winery also operates as the cellar door (open by appointment), but Richardson intends to move to standard opening hours. JENI PORT

OUTSTANDING WINE: 2016 A.T. Richardson Chockstone Shiraz, A$25

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