A great cellar door experience is something that is hard to beat. I know that may sound like a big call, but when you have lovely people, a fantastic location, beautiful wines and some delicious local produce combining, it is really ticking all the boxes.
This was exactly what we got at Between the Vines, a relatively new cellar door in Longwood, a few minutes out of Stirling in the Adelaide Hills.
I had seen the building of the cellar door taking place via instagram, and the end results looked fantastic. Some of the other photos coming from them were also absolutely stunning, so it was with great anticipation that we made the drive there on the Adelaide Cup long weekend.
The cellar door looks even better in person. There are beautiful touches throughout, both inside and out, but the key thing for us was it is just such a welcoming environment. This is far from a ‘normal’ cellar door which is more of a shop front for a winemaker. Instead, this felt like some people passionate about their craft, opening their home to let people have a taste of their labours.
The wines were only 3 in number, with the options being a chardonnay, pinot noir and a tempranillo (there is a sparkling white apparently in the works). But this really doesn’t matter. Quality wins over quantity any time, and to have single vineyard wines being showcased in such a manner wins over a seemingly endless tasting list and demands your attention.
I am not going to slip into wine taster mode here – there are plenty of those around already – and instead simply emphasise that the tempranillo is well worth the time taken to visit. The pinot and chardonnay are also very impressive, and we look forward to seeing what the sparkling brings to the table.
From a family perspective, they have this covered too. There is giant jenga, giant connect 4, bocce (regular size), giant chess, noughts and crosses, colouring in provisions and a water feature for the young and the young at heart. Yes, I am aware a water feature (think very small stream) is not normally a play space, but our 5 and 2.5 year olds managed to ignore this preconception and were soon thoroughly wet.
A cheese platter was the perfect accompaniment to the wine and general ambience, an it was very much enjoyed by all. It showcased local cheeses – which is all well and good (and yes it really is good) but its the selection of crackers and dried fruits that made this all the more memorable.
The Wine prices are worthy of mention too, with a relatively mere $22 being the asking price for each, with discounts for 6 and 12 bottle purchases.
All told, this is a beautiful and truly tranquil place to spend some time enjoying some wine and local produce. Very highly recommended.
Between the vines is open Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 12pm – 5pm
Address : 452 Longwood road, Longwood 5153