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Adelaide Hills Gruner Growers Group update

A gathering and tasting organised by Larry and Marc at Hahndorf Hill continues their vision of making the Adelaide Hills the new home of Gruner Veltliner.  We are indebted to Larry and Marc for the creation of a great group aimed at producing the best Gruner possible and working with different styles. Gruner is a fabulous variety with so much to offer and fantastic with all foods. Dan Traucki came along to the group and his blog article is worth looking at. Link below.

Cudlee Creek Fire update at Mt Bera

The aftermath of the 20th of December Holland Creek, Cudlee Creek bushfires has left total devastation behind for many people and businesses and a lot of rebuilding is now in process. Compared to the Sampson Flat fire in 2015 which completely ravaged everything at Mt Bera, we are extremely lucky this time, as although about 30 hectares of our property has been burnt, it is grazing and bushland which will hopefully recover. All buildings, vineyards and animals remain untouched. We had 3 days of fire attacks from different directions, and it was stopped at the rim around the house vineyard, and in the valley behind the other vineyards. This was followed by a week or so checking spot fires near containment lines. Only time will...

Vineyard Recovery – Post Bushfire

This has been written to give hope to Vineyard Owners and Operators who have been burnt out in the current round of bushfires. There is not a lot of useful information in the public domain about recovery from various levels of damage to vineyards. I hope this information helps provide practical experiences that will give other growers the ability to be able to make decisions about the plan for their burnt vineyards. For anyone reading this who is looking to help those affected by bushfire, I would like to make the point that it is the primary producer who has all the risk, but who may not be visible to you. When the vineyards or other crops or farm land are burnt then their income...

Mt Bera Cellar Door Opens at last

The wait is finally over. Mt Bera Vineyards Cellar Door is finally open. From this weekend (Saturday and Sunday – the 13th and 14th ) onwards, and including Easter, we will be open for tastings, tapas, coffees and cake from 11-4pm on both days of the weekend. We will be serving platters made with a collection of artisanal local produce, and tapas plates featuring seasonal local ingredients. If you know for certain that you would like to visit and bring a group of friends, please feel free to call us so we can put aside a table and accommodate everyone and customise to your needs! If you are planning a trip up to visit us and would also like to visit other wineries close by,...

Vintage 2019 Update (April)

Vintage 2019 is almost over. The whites are going through cold stabilisation, and all the reds are safely tucked away in French oak barrels - except the final pick of Cabernet Sauvignon, picked last week and being wild fermented now. Here are a few shots of activities over the past month. This photo is of our friendly Jersey heifers overseeing the Tempranillo pick. I guess they want to have the Running with the Cows Tempranillo bottle image updated to include them instead of their older sisters! Grafted onto Merlot vines in 2011 as a trial, then in 2012 a complete section of vines in the lower reaches of the Retreat Valley Rd vineyard, where the night time temperatures plummet and the day time is warm...

Award Winning Gruner

Award winning Gruner:  Gruner Veltliner is a native Austrian white grape variety, that is best suited to climatic conditions with warm days and cool night, hence why the Adelaide Hills was chosen to be the Gruner capital of the southern hemisphere. A huge thanks to Larry and Marc at Hahndorf Hill who had the foresight to see the potential of Gruner Veltliner in the Adelaide Hills, and imported a number of clones directly from Austria. Mt Bera was chosen to be one of the first vineyards to plant this variety back in 2010/11. This year Winestate magazine in conjunction with the Austrian Wine marketing board conducted the Global Gruner challenge, in which there  were 145 entries from across the world. The judging panel included one judge from Austria. Of the 145 entries, 8 wines achieved a full five star rating – 6 from...

Vineyard Cottage BnB

Vineyard Cottage BnB:  Our Vineyard Cottage BnB, is a self-contained, 1880’s local stone cottage, in an idyllic location within the outskirts of Gumeracha, an approximate 45-minute scenic drive from Adelaide. The cottage has ducted reverse cycle air-conditioning throughout, and contains 4 bedrooms, with a capacity to hold a maximum of 8 adults. It also includes a fully equipped kitchen with a dining table and chairs to seat 8, 2 bathrooms (an ensuite and main bathroom), a lounge room with an open fireplace and wood provided for the winter, as well as a BBQ and verandah which allows beautiful views overlooking the gardens and grounds. We are rated 9.5/10 from reviews on To make a booking please book on our website where there are options for 4, 3 or 2 bedrooms...

Vineyard Update – March 2019

Vineyard Update:  Vintage 2019 is underway. Here’s Luka and Kali during our first pick of the season. So far we have picked Pinot Gris, Sauv Blanc, Gruner Veltliner earlier pick, Pinot Noir, Zweigelt, and some Tempranillo for Rose’. Hot conditions this week have hastened the picking and all look good at this stage. Looking forward to the heat subsiding after Saturday. It looks set to be a fantastic year, it has been a long, dry summer with coolish nights and so the grapes are of high quality, sure to have intense flavours.  

Cellar Door Fest 2019

Cellar Door Fest:  Not long now and we will be back sharing our wine with you lovely people at the Cellar Door Fest at the Adelaide Convention Centre from the 15th-17th of March. This year we are excited to be giving one lucky person 2x General Admission tickets for Sunday the 17th. To enter our competition please go to our Facebook page and follow the instructions there! Looking forward to seeing your familiar faces very soon! For more information about the Cellar Door Fest go to
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