On Tuesday, 7 May, 30 Adelaide Hills wineries will head to Surry Hills’ Chin Chin for an evening of wine and food at the second Hills Heist event.
The Heist will include a wine tasting journey through the 70km stretch of the Adelaide Hills, from sparkling wine and Grüner Veltliner, to Shiraz and Pinot Noir, before a sit-down dinner at Chin Chin’s event space Chii Town. In all, there will be 60 wines to taste.
The attending winemakers include Charlotte Hardy of Charlotte Dalton Wines, winner of South Australia’s 2018 Hot 100 Wines for their Eliza Pinot Noir, along with Erinn Klein (Ngeringa), Sam Scott (La Prova), Paul Smith (Ashton Hills), and David Le Mire MW (Shaw + Smith), among others.
Wine writer Mike Bennie will host the night, guiding diners as they taste the region’s wines over a shared menu.
Situated just 45 minutes outside of Adelaide, the Hills is home to every winemaking approach and philosophy. “The Adelaide Hills is fertile ground not only for fine wine culture but as one of the most progressive and interesting wine growing areas in Australia. This is a region that is founded on brilliant renditions of classic varieties and styles, but has moved at pace to embrace a diversity of grape varieties and approaches to wine growing and making,” says Bennie.
“Aside wines of great provenance, the undulating hills and valleys, verdant native landscape, and mesh of farming parishes make for a compelling visit beyond the outstanding collection of cellar doors and wine-related activities. It is definitively one of the most exciting and intriguing, high-quality wine regions in Australia”
The Hills Heist event aims to reflect the diversity of the region with Adelaide Hills’ originals and household names including Henschke and Shaw + Smith standing alongside Nepenthe and Artwine, producers of the Austrian variety, Grüner Veltliner, which has found its home in the Adelaide Hills.
Attending wineries include: Anderson Hill; Artwine; Ashton Hills; Barristers Block Wine; Bird in Hand; Chain of Ponds; Charlotte Dalton; Deviation Road; Fox Gordon; Henschke; Howard Vineyard; Jericho Wines; La Linea; La Prova; Lobethal Road; Longview; Mount Lofty Ranges Vineyard; Nepenthe; Ngeringa; O’Leary Walker Wines; Paracombe; Pike & Joyce; Saint & Scholar; Shaw + Smith; Simon Tolley Wines; Somerled; The Lane Vineyard; The Pawn Wine Co; Tomich Wines; Wicks Estate.