Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard, Adelaide Hills

3.6
#4 of 14 in Wineries in Adelaide Hills
Winery / Vineyard Food & Drink
Located 550 metres above sea level one of the highest vineyards in South Australia. Cool climate award winning boutique vineyard and cellar door - handcrafted wines.
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3.4
  • Wow, what a place. Start with a tasting session next to the amazing open log fire with views over the rolling vineyards and then get set for a fantastic fine dining experience. Everything was just per...  more »
  • Heading up the freeway for lunch, this winery restaurant is definitely worth the drive. With beautiful views from the deck and windows across the valley, this is a wonderful spot throughout the year. ...  more »
  • This place has a lot going for it. The views over the Adelaide hills are great & the wines are pretty damn good. We visited during the week & had the place to ourselves for lunch. A smaller menu is av...  more »
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  • We visited the place before noon for only a cup of coffee. The view from the terrace was really beautiful, and our long black tasted good. However the staff did not seem very interested to make our visit memorable, not enough smiles and greetings. Hence, I give it three stars for the view and for the coffee.
  • The Lamb was awesome, you pay for the quality but not as much as other well known wineries
  • Thought we would try this Vineyard restaurant as it is a very short distance from another, Pike & Joyce, which we had attended for lunch last weekend. We had dropped in on the same day to Mt Lofty Ranges vineyard on the way back home as it has a enticing, picturesque landscape setting. It was very busy so decided to come back this weekend on a surprisingly cool February day. One could say parking is relatively limited once it gets busy so one should be careful to park as far off the road as possible. This establishment has a rustic theme with a great mix of old & new woods used throughout. There are indoor & outdoor tables with some on differing levels to take in the views of the vineyard. We arrived early, greeted immediately by friendly, smiling staff who offered us some wine tasting to start with. This made it easy to select a bottle for our lunch. The wines are predominantly white but there are a couple of lighter reds to try. All are of very good quality & priced accordingly. Our choice was the excellent Sauvignon Blanc. Menu choice is fairly small but sufficient considering the venues size & location. There are two degustation menus available if you so desire. Pricing for the regular menu is in high end bracket & portion size is small. Venues like these really don't have much choice as it is as much about the surroundings & experience as the high quality food. You have to have a point of difference & that costs a lot of money. Between our small gathering of four we had the bread for entree. Then for mains we had three of the four options. Two had the lamb, one the chicken & I took the Golden Nugget pumpkin. Sides are ordered separately. Both the chicken & lamb selections had some accompliments to them to make it look quite enticing. However, my small little pumpkin looked very lonely in the middle of the plate. Each selection was perfectly cooked, of excellent quality & taste. Top marks to the chef/s. All portions were small so large eaters might be left wanting a little. For us it was ok but then we weren't here for a "Christmas" feast. Desserts ordered were quite exquisite & excellent texture & taste. Again, very small. A venue for those that can afford it. ($225 for bread, 4 x mains, 2 x desserts, 2 x soft drinks & a bottle of wine.)
  • We entered Mount Lofty Ranges Vineyard with an attitude of expectation and admiration for a place we had researched for our friendly group to enjoy a special lunch on a beautiful autumn day in the Adelaide Hills. FIRST IMPRESSION - lovely setup with stunning views, delicious aromas. Staff not overly welcoming. SECOND IMPRESSION - the wine tastings were very scant, hardly a mouthful served by a slightly arrogant male owner. Unfriendly impatience from the head waitress who was not at all interested in conversing with us as we asked a few questions and complimented the beautiful setting. THIRD IMPRESSION - very polite and pleasant younger waiting staff seating us at our beautifully positioned table on the balcony overlooking the vineyards, explaining the menu clearly and taking orders efficiently. FOURTH IMPRESSION - magnificent food, though tiny serves.....starting to wonder about the value - $60 pp for 2 courses. Delicious bread but only one tiny slice each. FIFTH IMPRESSION - the Bill. Discovering we were charged $5 per head for wine tasting even though we were advised at the time of booking that this would apply only to groups of 10 or more. Only 8 of us took part in this as the other 3 arrived later just for the meal. The morsel of bread we had enjoyed lost its appeal when we saw that the 3 miniature loaves (the size of a small bun) added an extra $25 to the bill! SIXTH IMPRESSION - it had cooled down a bit so we were glad to find some lovely hand knitted rugs supplied for the patrons. Our attentive waiting staff offered us coffee at $4.50 each and this warmed us up nicely. So, all in all for $83 pp for a 2 course meal with one glass of wine we left with a very bad taste in our mouths. The overall feeling among our group was that we were deceived and 'ripped off'. Still a little hungry we headed for a local bakery to enjoy a much better value dessert than the one offered for $17. Sorry to say we will not visit again, nor recommend Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard to anyone.
  • Beautiful wine and incredible food. We enjoyed the 5 course degustation, blown away. Completely unexpected quality and experience.

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