I had the pleasure of attending one of the seminal Adelaide Hill wineries, Tomich Hill, to get a glimpse of the harvest process. This year’s perfectly timed rain has made for a strong vintage across South Australia.
We picked grapes off the vines on top of the picturesque hillside in Woodside. The vineyard covers 200 acres. The Woodside area was recognised as some of the best land in the State of South Australia by the early settlers and is the perfect location for growing different variety grapes.
Throughout the day we sampled the delicious wines the label is known for. The Up, Up and Away Rose and the Gruner Veltliner went down a treat in the hot afternoon. The winery is able to produce approximately a million of bottles of wine from a single successful harvest, now that’s a lot of wine!
We then had the best lamb spit I have ever had in my life. The lamb was raised at Tomich Hill. Over the winter the vineyard is home to lambs to eat the grass. The lambs don’t eat the grapes so they are the perfect lawn mowers.
Tomich Hill is a family business and you absolutely feel that with the friendly welcoming staff and Randel Tomich himself.
It was a great insight into the wine process. I don’t think I’d cut the grade to be a professional wine picker but I’ll happily drink the spoils. My favourite was the sauvignon blanc and the chardonnay.
If you can’t make it up the freeway to Woodside there is a cellar door on King William Road which also has a delicious selection of Woodside Cheese Wrights or you can join the Bee Club to have a selection of wines delivered to your door.
Words and Photos by Sophie Miller of The Streets of Adelaide
WHERE: 1408 Onkapringa Road, Woodside