Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Shaw and Smith Winery in the Adelaide hills #shawandsmith #wine #Adelaidehills #HansHeysen

Shaw and Smith Winery sits in the Adelaide hills near the township of Balhannah, just behind Hahndorf, once home to one of the most famous Australian artists, Hans Heysen.

German born Hans Heysen came to Australia at aged 7 in 1884 with his family.  Hans grew into a fine artist and was particularly noted for watercolours of majestic gum trees near his Adelaide hills home.

Shaw and Smith Winery is situated in the heart of Hans Heysen gum tree country.

The winery is noted for its cool climate wines of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, although it also makes Riesling, Pinot Noir and Shiraz wines.

The Balhannah vineyard was formerly a horse stud.

Adelaide Hills is home to 95 wine producers and over 4,000 hectares of vines.

The winery was conceived in 1989 over a long lunch between wine maker Martin Shaw and international wine judge, Michael Hill Smith.

Their winery and tasting rooms is set among the Balhannah vineyard.

The winery conducts wine tastings a little differently to most.  For $15, you are offered a taste of six wines accompanied by a platter of cheese and crackers. Very civilised.

A very pleasant way of spending some time in the Adelaide hills on a cool winter's day.

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