First stop, sparkling wine. Greenhill Wines and Cafe serves Dr Paul and Dr Penny Henschke’s exceptional methode traditionelle (bottle fermented) creations with picturesque views over Piccadilly Valley and Mount Bonython. It’s never a good idea to drive on an empty stomach. This is also a hidden food treasure. Penny is a wonderful cook and on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays the onsite café serves wonderful, fresh tasting plates.
It’s also worth visiting Ashton’s new Adieu Bonjour bookstore which opened in August 2023. It is the brainchild of Rachel Signer, author of You Had Me at Pét-Nat and creator of natural wine label Cleopatra Wines. The carefully curated selection of literary fiction, literary nonfiction, cookbooks and drinks books, children’s books, and magazines is thrilling.
Next, head to Ashton Hills Vineyard’s cellar door for stunning Pinot Noir served in an intimate, character and corrugated iron-packed building (endearingly shed-like) perched on the ridge just below the Mount Lofty summit. Want more liquid gold? Lofty Valley Estate is becoming increasingly well-known for award-winning Chardonnay. The high-altitude cellar door (completed late 2022) has a welcoming feel, with lofty views to match the name. There’s potential for retail therapy here, too. Co-owner and fibre artist Lani Ramsey’s artisan hand-spun textile creations are available onsite, too.