Sidewood Estate was born out of passion – for the beauty of the Adelaide Hills and the grape varieties that best express their variety of soil and climate.
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Sidewood, as a family-run business has a clear philosophy encompassing sustainability, environmental best practice and vine-to-glass care. Adopting best practice across all production - from hand-picking selected fruit at its peak ripeness, to minimising the use of chemicals, water wastage and their carbon footprint while supporting bio-diversity, shows their commitment to maintaining the high-quality of the soil and mitigating climate-change with a zero compromise approach.
Both rainfall and soil types vary greatly across the area, from relatively wet nearer Mount Lofty to dry on the coast, with loams, sandy loams and clay loams over a variable subsoil of clay and shale or ironstone – providing a wide variety of wine character.
The cooler, dry Summer and Autumn seasons are key to producing fruit with a balanced flavour profile of concentrated fruit while still retaining a wide flavour profile and acidity. However, the challenges of production in an area prone to frost have driven an ingenious high-tech solution – coating green shoots in a protective ice shield.
The famous Adelaide Hills region of South Australia, lying roughly 20 kilometres to the east of Adelaide, provides the backdrop for the Sidewood winery. This rugged region has one of the coolest climates in Australia, with a huge variety of micro-climates and geology within its labyrinthine valleys, including some stunning landscapes and conservation parks.
It was one of the first areas settled by European immigrants and some of the small towns retain a German character – from names like Hahndorf and Lobethal to Lutheran churches and Christmas celebrations. Vines were first planted in 1839 and in 1844 a case of wine was delivered to Queen Victoria. The region has come a long way since then, to being rightly known as a premium wine-growing region currently home to more than 50 wineries producing a wide-range of award-winning vintages.
Adelaide Hills Wine Region itself lies 380m above sea level and the climate is significantly cooler than the more traditional regions in South Australia – on average it is 4 degrees cooler during the day and 8 degrees cooler at night.