Australia’s Innovative Winemakers You Need to Know
In your mind, picture an Australian wine region. Presumably, that mental image won’t look like South Australia’s Adelaide Hills.
Most likely, your image resembles the flatter, more sunbaked terrains of the regions flanking “The Hills” (Barossa Valley to the north, McLaren Vale to the south). By contrast, the Adelaide Hills are quaint and lush, defined by steep winding roads, babbling brooks and hobbit-like stone cottages.
The wines are also different—elegant and light on their feet. Cool-climate varieties like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris thrive, thanks to the region’s altitude, which ranges from 1,300–2,300 feet above sea level.
But perhaps most unexpected is the small but growing number of artisanal winemakers transforming this bucolic region into a leading light of modern-day winemaking, changing the face of the Australian wine industry along the way.
—Photos by James Braund