Visit us in winter for romantic mists, roaring open fires in pubs and cellar doors, Winter Reds Weekend, waterfalls, nature play in the creeks, campfires and cosy B&B's. Come and warm your toes by the fire and indulge in a hot chocolate from one of our chocolateries.
Fire up your winter soul at the annual Winter Reds Cellar Door Weekend held the last weekend in July (this year rescheduled to 27-29 August). More than 30 cellar doors offer sumptuous events day and night, serving up warm hospitality, hearty fare, hot entertainment, plenty of roaring fires and their delicious red wine by the glass.
Find a cosy B&B with a wood fire to use as your touring base! Curl up with a good book or laze by the fire with a glass of Adelaide Hills red in hand. Or soak in a steaming outdoor bath with a view. Pitch a tent or hire a cabin then stoke the campfire (don't forget the marshmallows). Wake up to birdsong and romantic morning mists.
When the temperature drops but the weather is dry, pull on your winter woollies and boots and head out to explore! Kids love playing in the creeks (the creek and playground next to The Bridgewater Mill is a favourite) and there is still plenty of interest and colour in the Mount Lofty Botanic Garden - their spectacular camellias are a winter treat. Waterfalls are at their best in winter in Morialta Conservation Park, Belair National Park and Waterfall Gully.
At the end of the day, find a snug pub or restaurant with an open fire and enjoy hearty seasonal menus with a glass of local red wine, perhaps finishing with a warming mulled wine. Try a bottle of Tilbrook Estate's mulled wine next to the fire pit at their cellar door between Lenswood and Lobethal. Some of the region’s best fireplaces are in winery cellar doors so settle in for a tasting or meal.
How about a cheese fondue? Head to Udder Delights in Hahndorf to savour the delicious morsels – including local kabana, baby gherkins, mini balsamic pickled onions, Hills pears and lots of hot, freshly baked baguettes – dipped into a mouth-watering, molten cheese lava
Head to one of our chocolateries - Chocolate @ No.5 in Hahndorf or Red Cacao in Stirling - for the perfect place to rest and warm up with a decadent hot chocolate while touring in the region - or Melba's Chocolates & Confectionery in Woodside where you'll find three taps in the cafe flowing with warm chocolate
Every now and again there is a light dusting of snow at Mount Lofty Summit, truly making the Hills Adelaide's winter wonderland