If the words pinot noir get you a little bit excited, Ashton Hills winery should definitely be in your top wineries to visit.
Located in the stunning sub-region of Piccadilly Valley, the three acre vineyard was originally founded by Stephen George in 1982 with the intention to help place the Adelaide Hills on the map for quality pinot noir.
Spending over 30 years experimenting with 25 pinot noir clones, the winemaker managed to condense the range down to five key clones which now make the Reserve and Estate Pinot Noirs available from Ashton Hills.
However, if pinot noir isn’t really your vibe the vineyard has plenty of cool-climate whites, sparkling and exclusive blends, from re-introduced chardonnay blends to limited run rieslings, to keep any wine lover happy.
If you don’t fall in love with the wines, a visit to the cellar door might just push you over the edge.The rustic and quaint cellar door features a stunning viewing area, which overlooks the breathtaking views of Mount Lofty, Piccadilly Valley, and the estate’s vineyard.
However, if pinot noir isn’t really your vibe the vineyard has a lovely cool climate riesling in the style of the Alsace, carefully cultivated from only 8 rows from the estate, plus a new chardonnay and a stunning sparkling shiraz that is consistently in the top handful of red sparklings in Tyson Stelzer’s annual sparkling report.
Enjoy a selection of local meats and cheeses with your wine tasting or call the Ashton Hills Cellar Door to book an Adelaide Hills Pinot Experience for an all-day extravaganza, which gives you a taste of seven of the best pinot noirs available from the region, an Ashton Hills tasting plate and a delicious two-course lunch at the nearby Stanley Bridge Tavern.
Don’t stress if you find yourself wanting a bottle of everything during your visit, Ashton Hills has The Martini Club for avid wine lovers which secures you a yearly collection of wines – so you’ll always have your best bottle on hand.
When planning your next winery visit, make sure to put Ashton Hills on your list of must-visits and take the opportunity to learn about the Adelaide Hill’s history and the passion that’s driven the region to become what it is today, all over a delicious glass of pinot noir.
Ashton Hills is at open 11am to 5pm Friday-Monday at 126 Tregarthen Rd, Summertown SA 5137. You can check them out on Facebook or give them a buzz on (08) 8390 1243.