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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.

Brokenwood

Star Cellar Door

(02) 4998 7559
brokenwood.com.au

The new Brokenwood cellar door is truly of ‘star’ status. It’s imposing but gracious at the same time with clean lines, natural timber surfaces and lots of glass. It has circular tasting pods, private tasting spaces and dining rooms with expansive views of the working winery and the vineyards. Brokenwood’s el supremo, Iain Riggs, is like a kid with a new toy with an app on his phone that controls the new cellar door’s eight sound zones.

Adding clout to the new venue is the scrumptious food provided by Janet and Andrew Wright (ex The Cellar Restaurant) with their casual Cru Bar + Pantry and more upscale, The Wood Restaurant. The new facility is a big drawcard but the Brokenwood wines remain the focus with winemaker Stuart Hordern‘s in-tune Hunter wines mingling with his excellent Beechworth offerings and expanding range of wines from other NSW regions. PETER BOURNE

OUTSTANDING WINE: Brokenwood Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz, A$255

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