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It's Father's Day on Sunday 2 September and if the main man in your life loves food, wine, beer, gin, cars or the outdoors...the Adelaide Hills has you covered! 

For the wine appreciation-ists

Take the scenic route to family friendly Karrawatta Wines in Meadows and treat Dad to vineyard views in their architecturally designed cellar door. Sample vintage wines and enjoy an indulgent feast of Adelaide Hills Produce cooked over the open fire by Chef Tom Reid. Bookings essential, places are limited. Cost $95 per person ($45 for children). For bookings and enquiries email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 8537 0511.

Karrawatta-Vineyard Adelaide HillsImage courtesy of Karrawatta Wines. 

More options around Meadows and Macclesfield...

For a twist on the norm take Dad to a shipping container tasting at Tilbrook Estate in Lobethal. With sweeping vineyard views, the Cellar Door is a repurposed shipping container serving artisan wines and woodfired pizzas. Bookings essential. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tilbrook Estate Adelaide Hills Image via Tilbrook Estate Facebook. 

More options around Lobethal and Lenswood... 

Hahndorf, Oakbank and surrounds promise a huge selection of cellar doors and restaurants including Sidewood Estate at Maximillian’s, O’Leary Walker, The Lane, Shaw + Smith and so many more. Check out the Adelaide Hills Wine Region for a full list of cellar doors.

For the distillery lovers

Applewood Distillery’s whiskey, gin and other experimental spirits made in the Old Gumeracha Cold Stores. Visit them at Ochre Nation - home of Applewood Distillery and Unico Zelo Wines. Bookings recommended.

Applewood Distillery Adelaide HillsImage via Applewood Distillery Facebook. 

Located in a scenic acreage property in Hahndorf, Ambleside Distillers invites all gin lovers to their distillery and tasting bar. Enjoy the picturesque setting while kicking back, relaxing and sipping a handcrafted signature gin, cocktail and food platter.

Ambleside Distillers Adelaide Hills Image via Ambleside Distillers Facebook. 

For the pub-lunchers

There’s no shortage of great pubs in the Adelaide Hills serving local produce, wine and beer from surrounding producers. Try the Stanley Bridge Tavern in Verdun for that vintage-pub feel (EST. 1853) with roaring fires and hearty fare, the Bridgewater Inn for its expansive dining deck or refurbished pubs like the Crafers, Stirling or Uraidla hotels promising impressive interiors and a huge selection of Adelaide Hills beer, wine and spirits. 

Check their social pages for Father’s Day event details. 

Stanley Bridge Tavern Image via Stanley Bridge Tavern Facebook.

For the craft beer enthusiasts 

Lobethal Bierhaus is a small all-grain craft brewery which produces a range of award-winning character beers. With a tasting room, restaurant and beer garden, it’s a great spot to pull up stumps and pass the time. 

Lobethal-BierhausInstagram @lobethalbierhaus 

Prancing Pony Brewery in Totness (between Hahndorf and Mount Barker) uses traditional Southern German brewing methods. Drop into the 'Brewshed' to watch the brewer at work while sampling the beers and trying some unique and traditional brewery snacks.

Left Barrel Brewing has recently flung its doors open bringing another impressive craft beer offering to the Adelaide Hills. Located in the Balhannah Homemaker Centre the expansive micro-brewery produces farmhouse, sour, barrel aged and old beer styles from yesteryear.

Left Barrel BrewingLeft Barrel Brewing, Balhannah. Image: InDaily. 

For the outdoor adventurers 

Explore the abundant cycling and mountain biking trails of the Adelaide Hills together. With trails in Mount Crawford and Kuipto Forests, Fox Creek and national parks like Cleland Conservation Park, Shepherds Hill Recreation Park and Sturt Gorge Recreation Park, there’s no shortage of places to go out and explore. 

Cycling in Cleland Conservation ParkCycling in Cleland Conservation Park

For e-bike tours and mountain biking advice, talk to Will Rischbieth (former Mountain bike and Downhill World Cup racer) and his expert team at the Will Ride shop in Stirling.  

For the motoring history fanatics

You can’t beat the National Motor Museum in Birdwood.  It houses Australia’s most important collection of vintage, veteran and classic motorcars and motor cycles - more than 300 in fact. Dad’s and Carers get free entry on Father’s Day.   

A vintage car at the National Motor Museum One of many vintage motor cars on show at the National Motor Museum