ABOUT THE REGION
Welcome to the Piccadilly Valley
The Piccadilly Valley is a small sub-region of the Adelaide Hills Wine Region and represents some of the oldest vineyards in the Adelaide Hills. It is nestled in a small valley which is only 7 km long and 460-650 metres above sea level. Only fifteen minutes from the city of Adelaide, it falls from the back of Mount Lofty through a number of villages including Summertown to Uraidla, Piccadilly to Stirling and Crafers to the beginning of Carey Gully.
The region is considered to be a micro-climate, meaning that the weather patterns observed are different from those of neighboring areas, in some cases just metres away. The valley is considered to be one of the coolest places in South Australia yet with the most predictable diurnal temperature regimes in the state, (meaning the consistency of temperature that occurs from the highest to the lowest point of the day). This creates very similar conditions or fruit ripening that are found in Champagne, thus making it extremely compatible for varietals such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier as well as the Italian varietals found in the Appointed folio.
Such a cool climate ensures that these varietals ripen slowly, thus preserving more elegant and longer length flavours then those produced from warmer climates found at lower attitudes, which tend to produce more robust and higher alcohol content based wine profiles. The Piccadilly Valley presents winemakers with further obstacles as a result of its steep slopes and terraced vineyards, which prohibit machine harvesting – everything is done by hand.
The terroir is a mixture of ancient sandstone and alluvial clay which creates higher acid levels but also more minerality in aroma and flavour. The balance between such minerality and fruit profiles create wonderful juxtapositions and tensions, whereby the consumer is welcomed with great mouthfeel and palate balance.