Hahndorf Hill Winery


Hahndorf Hill Winery is a boutique producer specialising in alternative wines, including Gruner Veltliner, Blaufrankisch and Zweigelt, which we are pioneering in Australia. We also produce the classic varieties for which the Adelaide Hills wine region is renowned - Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, cool-climate Shiraz and fresh rosé.

Location Description

Our beautiful vineyard and cellar door are located outside historic Hahndorf village - the oldest surviving German settlement in Australia and today a popular tourist destination.


Fax: 08 8388 7618


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The Team

Hahndorf Hill Winery (HHW) is owned by Larry Jacobs and Marc Dobson, who operate the boutique business together with a dedicated team.

Larry was once an intensive-care doctor who gave up medicine to become the founder of Mulderbosch Vineyards in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Marc is a former journalist and advertising copywriter from Cape Town.

Having built Mulderbosch into an international brand, Larry sold the winery and immigrated with Marc to Australia in 1997. After falling in love with the cool-climate Adelaide Hills, they bought and further developed Hahndorf Hill Winery.

Today Larry oversees all vineyard and winery operations at Hahndorf Hill, while Marc is responsible for marketing and the cellar door.

Other team members at HHW include our cellar door manager Dee Wright, brand ambassador and sales representative Jack Simmonds, ChocoVino co-ordinator Christine Worsfield and cellar door sales assistant Sloan Bendikas.

Practices & Techniques

We aim to farm our vineyard according to environmentally sustainable methods, as we believe this is the best way to produce wines of finesse and vitality. The elimination of harmful chemicals, the use of sheep to control the weed growth, and guinea fowl to eat the vineyard bugs, are all part of the process.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Our Hahndorf vineyard - its special terroir

Hahndorf Hill's six-hectare vineyard is located at the edge of historic Hahndorf village and on the slopes of a gentle hill which, over a century ago, contained a slate quarry. It is very apparent, when walking along the slopes of the vineyard blocks at Hahndorf Hill, that slate forms a significant part of the mineral component of the soils.

Our vineyard topsoils consist of a sandy-loam and red-clay blend, richly embellished with blue-red slate, quartz and ironstone intrusions. The subsoils comprise deep red clay.

Austrian varieties:

This abundance of diverse mineral components in the soil translates into a distinct mineral element in all our wines, which is especially beneficial for our Austrian varieties - Gruner Veltliner, Blaufrankisch and Zweigelt (with St. Laurent waiting in the wings).

In addition, the Adelaide Hills enjoys the unique combination of a low mean January temperature coupled with a significantly high diurnal variation. This diurnal variation is a significant quality defining factor according to producers of these varieties in their native Austria.

The Adelaide Hills' slow ripening, cool-climate environment allows for all our grapes to benefit from an extended ripening season with beautifully warm days and cold nights.


Gruner Veltliner - GRU 2014 | $28 per bottle

Gold Medal - Sydney Royal Wine Show 2015

Gold Medal - Winewise Small Vigneron Awards 2014

Gold Medal - Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show 2014

'Best Australian wines of 2014' - Jeni Port, The Age

Silver Medal - International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014, London

94 points - Philip White, InDaily
'This is perhaps the most outrageously aromatic GRU yet from this pioneering outfit ... Stunning.'
94 points - Tyson Stelzer, Wine Business Magazine

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38 Pain Road
Hahndorf , South Australia 5245

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