Hahndorf Hill: A Taste of Austria in the Adelaide Hills

Larry Jacobs and his Hahndorf Hill team are pioneers in Australia when it comes to this classic Austrian grape variety, Grüner Veltliner.

Back in 2010, they were the first to produce a Gruner in South Australia and they've been championing it ever since. The GRU Gruner Veltliner has swept up huge accolades, trophies and awards ever since this debut, with the latest 2022 release getting 96 points from James Halliday as well as securing a place in his list of Top 100 Wines of 2022.

DD co-founder Tom Hollings fell in love with this wine and producer after first visiting the Hahndorf Hill cellar door and meeting HH main man Larry Jacobs a decade ago, and he rates the 2022 as the best vintage he’s tasted yet. In our opinion this is the best expression of Gruner Veltliner in Australia, and at only $30 a bottle for a wine of this interest, complexity and sheer deliciousness, it's an absolute steal.



"Hahndorf Hill is one of the pioneers and leading producers of Gruner Veltliner in the country..."

- Angus Hughson (Wine Pilot)

Their bargain Gruner offering, the White Mischief, also finds itself highly regarded by critics and is a perfect entry point into the variety that Jacobs and team find themselves enamoured by. Each vintage going back to the 2015 has picked up a trophy at a major competition - a remarkable feat for a wine of this price - and this new release from the sensational 2022 vintage may be the best yet.



"Hahndorf Hils really are the gruner specialist in Australia, for my mind."

- Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)


They dabble in other Austrian varieties, too, making a unique and delicious Trollinger Rose, with the 2022 vintage recently receiving a gold medal from the 2022 Adelaide Hills Wine Show, as well as a trophy and gold medal at the 2022 Australian & NZ Boutique Wine Show.

And finally, we also have the brand new release of Hahndorf Hills’ well-decorated 2019 Blueblood Blaufrankisch in store now. If you want a taste of Australia’s finest expressions of Austrian varieties, as well as some of the best value wines in the Adelaide Hills, dive in below.




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