The Wines of the Piccadilly Valley

Sitting snug between the pretty town of Summertown to the north and Sterling and Aldgate to the south, the Piccadilly Valley forms an important part of the wine sub-region in South Australia. In the south, the Mount Lofty Ranges soar skywards, creating an impressive backdrop filled with incredible scenery and a range of things to do. To the east, Adelaide City centre unfolds in a bustling show of culture and charm.

The region makes up the Adelaide Hills wine region as well as the Mount Lofty Ranges zone.

For many years, the Piccadilly Valley was known as a market gardening centre, which farmed and produced seasonal, native produce that was sold for the Adelaide region and on the overseas markets. Today, the majority of the valley is used for creating wines by using the local “cool climate” grape varieties.

The Wines of the Piccadilly Valley

Though the Piccadilly Valley is much smaller in size than many of Australia’s other wine regions, it still forms an important part of the country’s wine industry and is best-known for its cold, mesoclimate-influenced wines, especially the sparkling varieties.

Because of its location behind the soaring Mount Lofty Ranges, the valley is actually one of the highest wine regions in Australia, which is why it produces more cool climate grapes than the other areas.

The mixture of cloud and fog often envelopes the picturesque vineyards, which lowers the temperatures and creates new, distinct wine flavours. Because of its elevated location, it also receives more rainfall than other, lower regions, which means site selection for vineyard development is crucial.

As of today, the Piccadilly Valley is renowned for its production of delicious sparkling wines made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, as well as its wines that are made from fruits on warmer, north-facing slopes.

More adventurous wine producers in the region have successfully been experimenting with northern Rhone-style Shiraz-Viognier blends and, like many of the other sub-regions in the wine valleys of Australia, the Piccadilly Valley is beginning to get a name for itself as a unique producer of delicious tipples.

If you find yourself exploring the Adelaide Hills and want to delve into the unique wine industry that permeates the region, a visit to the Piccadilly Valley is definitely in order.

As well as marveling at the stunning scenery of the Mount Lofty Ranges in the background, you can discover the unique variety of cold climate grapes that are grown in the region, and learn more about the different ways the wineries turn these into world-famous bottles of wine.