We all know someone who loves a good weekend hike up the Ol’ Summit (and tags themselves there on Facebook every single time to make us all feel bad about our Sunday morning hangover), but why put yourself through that torture when you can just sit with a snuggle rug in front of an open wood fireplace with a glass of red in hand enjoying the panoramic views? Well, just half an hour from the CBD, you can enjoy all this and more at Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard (and the goodness isn’t even limited to the weekend).
The hills are alive Mondays to Thursdays with the taste of Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard’s Lofty Light Lunch menu. You’ll get to devour dishes like slow-cooked Pork Belly with pickled fennel and roasted carrot, and a roasted winter root vegetable salad with Woodside buffalo curd, Lenswood honey and almonds. They also have various share plates of lighter-style food, meaning you’ll be able to try a little bit of everything on the share plate, not just eat all the brie before anyone else can get to it.
Can’t get the day off work? Don’t worry, on the weekends they have the full dining experience, complete with a five course Chef’s surprise menu with matched estate wines, degustation options as well as the traditional a la carte menu. Think Port Lincoln octopus with beetroot, harissa and olives, or SA lamb with confit celeriac, pickles and green apple.
Vegetarians or vegans don’t have to feel left out though, with head chef Lauren Evers specialising in meatless degustation experiences with amazing flavour and interesting ingredients.
Rated five stars by James Halliday Winery for seven years in a row, plus having a Restaurant Chef Hat award, you can be assured you’ll enjoy what they have to offer. Spend a lazy weekend or ditch work and enjoy a weekday by the fire with a full tummy and full glass of red – winter in the hills doesn’t get much better than that.