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Adelaide Hills

Winegrowing area (GI) above Adelaide in the state of South Australia. Together with the Clare Valley, it belongs to the Mount Lofty Ranges zone, named after the highest elevation in the Adelaide Hills at 727 metres. There are three subareas: Gumeracha, Lenswood and Piccadilly Valley. The area was mainly settled by European immigrants. The town of Hahndorf was founded in 1839 by German families and is therefore one of the oldest settlements of German origin in Australia. The vineyards, situated between 400 and 600 metres above sea level, comprise 2,200 hectares of vines. They are planted with the white wine varieties Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Riesling, as well as the red wine varieties Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The soils consist of limestone, loam and sand. Winter and spring are mild and the summer is not too hot. Cooling is provided by the sea breezes. Well known producers are Ashton Hills, Barratt, Bridgewater Mill, Chain of Ponds, Vineyards, Paracombe, Petaluma, Rosemount Estate, Shaw & Smith, Weaver and Wolf Blass.

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