Anderson Hill News

News and items of interest from Anderson Hill.

Welcome 2020

Sarah Bennett - Thursday, January 02, 2020


We are pleased to let you know that we are open again for bookings from Saturday 4 January 2020.

Thanks to the bravery of Ben and James, who fought to protect our home and livelihood, the damage from the fire is much less than it could have been. We still have (mostly) green vines, a welcoming cellar door and an amazing view - even if it is a little charred :)

It is now safe to return to the Hills and the roads are open.

We soon expect to see the regeneration of our natural habitat begin and some new green growth.

Our sympathy goes to our local Hills community who have lost so much. We will work together to rebuild this beautiful region.

Our deepest gratitude to everyone who has shown their support for us from helping fight the fires, repair the vineyard and purchasing our wine and gift vouchers through to all the lovely messages we have received.

We'd love you to continue supporting Anderson Hill and all other businesses affected by the fire - we hope to see you soon!

From all of us at Anderson Hill, we wish everyone a safe, happy, healthy and prosperous 2020.

Below is a snapshot of the last couple of weeks.

Anderson Hill is the green bit in the middle!

James at the end of the day!

Our CFS are amazing!

The support we've received has been inspiring - pictured above with Ben (centre) are Matt Stapleton from Matt Stapleton Plumbing and Jedd from Cobbs Hill. Jedd has given us days of his time, machinery and expertise in addition to Cobb's Hill Estate raising in excess of $8000 for the local community and CFS.

Many hands make light work :)

Renee Green was one of many who helped in the days following the fire.

Come and visit us in 2020.

Everything Sparkling!

Sarah Bennett - Thursday, October 03, 2019

Did you know?

The longest recorded flight of a Champagne cork is over 177 feet (54 meters).

There are 1 million bubbles in the average glass of champagne.

Bubble size in champagne and sparkling can vary from between 0.4mm and 4mm.

Bubbles of 1.7mm across result in the highest number of droplets evaporating at the surface of the drink, enhancing the drinker's’ experience of flavour.

39°F (4°C) is the optimum temperature to cool champagne to ensure its delicate flavours are not overpowered.

Adolphe Jaquesson invented the muselet in 1844 to prevent the corks from accidentally blowing out.

Our Sparkling is made using the Charmat Method, aka Metodo Italiano and tank method. The wine undergoes the secondary fermentation in large pressurized stainless-steel tanks and is then bottled under pressure in a continuous process.

This process was first studied by the Italian enologist Federico Martinotti and patented in 1907 by French winemaker Eugene Charmat, which is where the name comes from. This method is now used widely around the world to produce light, delicate, early-drinking style sparkling wines.

The Adelaide Hills is a great region for sparkling wines thanks to the cool climate. The low temperature helps keep the acid in the grapes while the fruity flavours develop which is the key for making tasty bubbles.

Our 2019 Sparkling Chardonnay is made from 100% Adelaide Hills Chardonnay grapes and delivers a dry and fruity style with clear light colour and fine bubbles. Good amounts of yellow peach on the nose, bright acidity on the palate combined with energetic pear and lemon flavours.

Perfect for casual gatherings and special celebrations.

Available online or at the cellar door.

Sources: Did You Know - telegraph.co.uk, Charmat Method illustration - Wine Folly
 

Winter Wedding Special Offer

Anderson Hill - Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Nothing beats the romance of winter!

Snuggling in front of warm fires. Watching the mist roll across the landscape. Being wrapped up in fluffy jumpers and woollen blankets. Eating your favourite comfort foods.

When it comes to dressing for a winter wedding, the ladies can look fabulous (and still be incredibly comfortable) in fur jackets and knee-high boots. Men can wear their suit and tie without overheating! Think cashmere, wool, faux fur and all things warm and wonderful.

And if you’re planning a honeymoon, it’s the right time of the year for an overseas holiday!

A winter wedding also means you’re more likely to get that DJ you want and most likely you’ll pay less for the pleasure!

At Anderson Hill we offer a 20% discount on our standard venue hire for wedding dates between June 1 and August 31.

Click here for our wedding packages and pricing.

Anderson Hill is a unique Adelaide Hills wedding venue with spectacular views and surrounded by acres of vineyards and forest. Whether you’re seeking an intimate ceremony with 20 people, a formal dinner for 120 people or a cocktail reception for 150, our range of wedding packages has it covered, or we can tailor a package just for you. You and your guests can enjoy premium Adelaide Hills wines, craft beer and gourmet food in comfort and style, indoors or outdoors. Our wedding coordinator will help you organise your wedding ceremony and reception at our recently expanded cellar door and restaurant in the Adelaide Hills which can accommodate up to 150 people.

May Day May Day!

Clare Anderson - Thursday, May 03, 2018

The month of May is here and there’s much to do and see in the Adelaide Hills.

At Anderson Hill, the leaves on our vines have turned yellow, orange and red and Brad is adding some delicious winter meals to the menu.

It’s a wonderful time of year to visit our cellar door restaurant for a quick drink or a lazy afternoon.

We also celebrate International Sauvignon Blanc Day on Friday 4 May (the first Friday in May) and International Chardonnay Day on Thursday 24 May. The US celebrates National Wine Day on Friday 25 May so perhaps we should too? Make sure you show your support!

And while you’re in the Adelaide Hills these are our top six picks for things to do in May.

Number 1: Pick a Pink Lady Weekend

Pick a Pink Lady Weekend is back for 2018 on May 5 & 6 from 10am to 4pm each day. A great family outing! Pick yourself some fresh and juicy apples from local Lenswood growers before or after you call in to Anderson Hill! More info...

Number 2: Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens

The Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens has possibly the best display of Autumn colour you will see anywhere in the world. Whether you’re out for a leisurely stroll around the lake or a more vigorous trek, you can immerse yourself in the spectacular colour, rich aromas and amazing diversity across 97 hectares of garden. Open every day except on total fire ban days. Free guided tours every Thursday departing at 10.30am. More info...

Number 3: Bike SA Dirty Weekend

On May 5 & 6, across the road from Anderson Hill, BikeSA is holding their Dirty Weekend. South Australia’s only 24-hour mountain challenge –this promises to be an epic adventure and a hell of a lot of fun on SA’s finest downhill mountain bike trails. More info...

Number 4: South Australian History Festival

The SA History Festival runs throughout the month of May with many events and exhibitions held in the Adelaide Hills. From guided tours at the National Motor Museum in Birdwood and The Cedars (Hans Heysen Foundation) in Hahndorf to ‘The Valley of Praise’ exhibition at the Lobethal Archives and Historical Museum, the Pioneer Women’s Trail Walk and ‘An 1800s Street of History’ in Nairne. More info...

Number 5: SteamRanger Heritage Railway

All aboard the SteamRanger Heritage Railway! The Highlander service operates each Thursday in May between Mt Barker and Strathalbyn. Departing Mt Barker at 10am and returning around 2.20pm. Bookings are essential. More info...

Number 6: Gumeracha Medieval Fair

For some action-packed family fun get along to the twelfth Gumeracha Medieval Fair on May 5 & 6 for jousting demonstrations, live combat re-enactments, medieval folk music. A dedicated kid’s space will offer storytelling, face painting, sword-making workshops and more. More info...

While every effort has been made to ensure this information is accurate at the time of publication, Anderson Hill and the blog author do not take responsibility for any errors or omissions. Please check the event / business website for bookings, tickets, opening hours and any other relevant or essential information.

How time flies

Clare Anderson - Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Whoa!! Time flies when your having fun (or been busy!)Cellar door has been very, very busy this season. We have had new release wines including a new shiraz, rose and chardonnay and the CRUSH festival in January, which was exciting and very entertaining. A few weddings, which have all been great fun and very memorable, with a few more to come. We've had the most unpredictable and damaging weather I've ever seen in the Adelaide Hills and I've lived in the hills all my 40 (something) years. We lost a few trees, one into the irrigation tank which was quite a clean up! Lost our power for several days (a few times!)Ben has plans to go to China in March...very exciting. Clare has had new baby chickens!! James has acquired work experience at a winery...has decided he wants to be a wine maker! And Matthew is about to do his application to Urrbrae Agricultural High School (fingers crossed!) So all in all our little family is doing well and keeping busy. Hope to see you at the cellar door soon!

SEIKO the spirit of the forest

Clare Anderson - Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Seiko discovered very early in her life that running with mountain bikes was a lot of fun! If you are a rider who visits Fox Creek Trails you will know our dog, she knows the tracks (and the short cuts!) better than any rider, can drink from a camel back, knows where all the puddles and dams are too cool off in and has won several endurance races! She also, sometimes hangs out at the cellar door with Ruby (our other kelpie x) patiently playing with the kids and waiting for the occasional pizza crust. But she is a spirit of the forest, a free spirit and a very special dog! We love her.

Ten things to do in the Adelaide Hills

Clare Anderson - Tuesday, April 12, 2016

1. Pick a Pink Lady Weekend - experience a real orchard and pick apples at Mahnew Orchards or Harris Orchards Lenswood 30th April & 1st May.

2. Adelaide Hills Sculpture Symposium - The Cedars, Hahndorf 4th to 25th April.

3. Gorge Wildlife Park - Cuddle a koala or feed the kangaroos, Cudlee Creek.

4. Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens - for awesome Autumn colour, Piccadilly.

5. Beerenberg - Pick your own strawberries & taste jams at Hahndorf.

6. Open Garden Scheme - Pomona Cottage, Stirling, 16th & 17th April, The Chestnuts, Crafers 23rd & 24th April, Glenalta, Stirling 24th April.

7. Steam Roller Park - Great playground, picnic in the bandstand, play in the Autumn leaves, Stirling.

8. The Big Rocking Horse - Climb the rocking horse, see the toy factory and visit the wildlife, Gumeracha.

9. Udder Delights Cheese Cellar - high teas, cheese tasting, fondues or cheese making classes, Hahndorf.

10. ... and of course visit Anderson Hill!!- Stunning views, walk through the vines, enjoy pizza, wine and craft beer.


Pinot Noir food pairing

Clare Anderson - Friday, April 01, 2016

Pinot Noir is one of the most versatile wines there is! (And one of my favourites) It is only recently that we've seen it become prominent on restaurant wine lists. Anderson Hills Pinot Noirs have been hand picked and kept in barrels for over twelve months, producing a delicate balance of fruit and tannins with a long finish and really can be drunk with anything!!

Pate and cheese to herb crusted lamb! Duck, chicken, fish, beef, turkey, lamb and ham. Wonderful with mushrooms stuffed with goats cheese and delicious with any dish including figs and cherries, roasted heirloom vegetables, especially beetroot. Pinot is even good with the a good old sausage and bread (with homemade sauce!)

Pinots can be enjoyed young or aged, cool or room temperature, inside or outside, on a train, on a boat, in a tree or on a horse (drinking responsibly, of course!)

Chardonnay Food Matching

Clare Anderson - Friday, March 18, 2016

Chardonnay has made a real comeback recently, which is a wonderful to see as Chardonnay is such a complex wine and can be enjoyed with a range of foods. Understanding where the Chardonnay is from, weather it is oaked and how mature it is when you drink it is important to which food you pair it with. Anderson Hill Chardonnays are cool climate, stored in oak for twelve months and as it ages develops different more complex flavours.

A younger cool climate chardonnay such as Anderson Hill "Lila Agars" pairs well with shellfish such as crab and prawns, especially our famous prawn pizza, delicate chicken terrines, creamy pastas, risottos and fresh spring vegetables.

An aged Chardonnay such as Anderson Hill "Elizabeth Scott" pair well slightly richer foods like veal with mushroom sauce, pumpkin ravioli, hazelnut crusted chicken with fennel and of course a local Udder Delights Cheddar.

Harvest 2016

Clare Anderson - Thursday, March 03, 2016
February! WOW! 
This is the earliest harvest we have ever seen at Anderson Hill. 2015 was middle of March and we thought that was early.
Extremely warm weather early in the summer pushed the fruit into early ripeness. The flavours are great and we are optimistic that the 2016 vintage will be a good one.
We hand-picked most of the fruit this year - taking about six days to complete picking, using 25-40 pickers each day.
This kept Ben very busy on the tractor collecting full bins of fruit and circling around the vineyard to drop off bins ready to be loaded onto the semi at the end of the day.Our grapes first headed to the cool room to chill right through before heading to the winery to be crushed. The machine harvester came in briefly for one night before moving to a nearby block.Living with each other during harvest is like walking on glass ( broken glass) !! Coordinating trucks, pickers, wineries, delivery times, bookings, trucks, pickers, trucks, tractors, pickers, forklifts, etc., etc. etc. is very stressful and it all must run like clockwork.Finally harvest 2016 is complete and we can breathe again..... now it's time to catch up on all the other jobs!!