By Melissa Keogh
Adelaide Hills wine lovers might have heard whispers along the grapevine that Pound Road in Macclesfield is worth a stop for a tipple or two.
Except now the whispers aren’t so secret, as family-owned Longview Vineyard has set the bar for new winery experiences in the region.
If there was ever a time to venture to the cool climate, single vineyard that lies 2.5km past Macclesfield’s Crystal Lake it’s now.
Longview has revealed two new rustic tasting venues and a Sunday long lunch offering.
Since breaking ground in the summer of 2015, brothers Peter and Mark Saturno have overseen renovations to the cellar door, kitchen and office, with a new handcrafted tasting room and vista room.
The tasting room replaces the function of its existing “quaint and pokey” cellar door.
Visitors can undertake a wine tasting ($5, redeemable on any purchase) or indulge in the premium and Nebbiolo experiences ($15) to sample some of the top shelf drops.
A new menu of light, seasonal Italian fare will satisfy the nibblers with the family’s own panini and cured meats.
A new, more exclusive Della Casa Sunday feast has also been launched, allowing diners to relax and enjoy the fare while overlooking the vines.
For $55 diners are treated to a multi-course offering of traditional and modern Italian appetisers, mains, sweets and cheese.
The new vista room is a private wining and dining area, seating about 20 people and offering a sense of exclusivity.
The overhaul was driven by vineyard property manager Ian Leiblich who ensured the works were undertaken by local tradesmen.
Recycled materials are featured throughout the space, as is the unique Macclesfield pink sandstone.
Co-owner Peter Saturno says the renovations help build upon the Hills’ sense of discovery as visitors can stumble across new flavours and wine varieties.
He runs the show at Longview alongside his actor brother Mark, who has spent time in New York and stars in the State Theatre Company’s production Vale until December 3.
While Mark’s passion lies between the vines and the stage, Peter says he has also long held an appreciation for art – something Longview features strongly throughout the property.
In January 2018, hundreds of people will flock to the vineyard for the annual Crush Festival and Piece Project, sipping wine while watching four street artists create a piece from scratch.
“We have both had a great appreciation for graffiti art from a very young age,” says Peter.
“2018 will be our eighth Crush festival … people love coming up here and we get a crowd number of about 1300-1400 each time.”
At next year’s Crush, Longview will welcome highly respected DJ Norman Jay MBE to spin some tunes.
Longview also offers a range of accommodation, including a country homestead and a range of suites overlooking the vines.
Peter says the Adelaide Hills is punching above its weight in terms of unique food and wine offerings and experiences.
“I think we still have a long way to go but the offerings in the Hills are as good as they have ever been,” he says.
“There are lots of exciting things happening here and it’s certainly one of the most exciting wine regions in the country.
“Restaurateurs and wine buyers are loving hills wines because they are made well.”
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