Mortgage Minefield: Are You Paying Too Much?

Fixed or variable? Sell or invest? The team at Bernie Lewis Home Loans make sense of the mortgage minefield. 

Interest rates are currently low despite the booming property market, so is now the time to invest or sell? 

Interest rates are at never-before-seen historic lows and the property market in Adelaide and many regional areas is booming. If you are considering selling your property, then now may be a great time to take advantage of potential capital gains. For investors, there is a clear shortage of rental properties available, with rental vacancy rates in most areas outside the CBD at one percent or less. 

Do these low rates also mean it’s a good time to fix your rates?

Fixed interest rates are very competitive at present with some lenders offering rates well under two percent. The decision to fix your loan is one that should be considered carefully before committing. A fixed loan generally has restrictions on additional repayments and may have less features available than a variable rate loan. Additionally, if you sell your home or need to refinance before the fixed term has ended, you may incur penalty break costs which can be considerable. A split loan, where part of the loan is fixed and part is variable, is worth considering so as to retain the ability to make additional repayments, access redraw or use an offset facility.

Refinancing is often put off by homeowners because it’s a lengthy process to find the right lender with the best rates. What should people consider when choosing a new lender?

We strongly recommend you review your loan every two years, or if there is a change in your circumstances. During a loan review we will compare your current loan with what is available in the market. We not only compare your current interest rate, but also other features and benefits that may suit your needs and lifestyle. It is surprising how many people are unaware they have a loan with an interest rate that starts with a three or even a four. They could have a loan with an interest rate that starts with a two or even a one, potentially saving themselves thousands of dollars in interest per year. Our Brokers can compare your current loan with what is available from our panel of more than 30 lenders to see how much you could potentially save. There is no fee for our service as we are remunerated by the lender.

Online lenders often offer lower rates – why?

Over the last few years, a few online lenders have emerged in the marketplace. Some of them have rates that are lower than other lenders, but their products often come with less features. Online lenders also require you to complete the application process yourself and do the running around to gather all of the required supporting information to get the loan assessed and approved. 

Is it worthwhile asking my current lender to match the interest rates of other lenders?

Most definitely. If you have had your current loan for more than a couple of years there is a good chance that your current interest rate is not very competitive. Banks are notorious for offering new customers better interest rates than what is available to their current customers. We call that a ‘loyalty tax’ – if you don’t ask then you don’t get. 

Bernie Lewis Home Loans
213 Fullarton Road, Eastwood
08 8300 8300

Go Behind The Scenes at Penfolds

Delve into the history of one of Australia’s most respected and prevalent winemakers at the Penfolds 1844 to Evermore event, which is part of the month-long South Australian History Festival.

History isn’t all about dates, it’s also about people and, in this case, wine! Step back in time as you wander through the historic Grange Cottage, the original home of Penfolds’ founders, physician Christopher Penfold and his wife Mary, which still sits proudly at the entrance of Magill Estate.

You’ll also walk through the original working winery, explore the vineyards and hear historic tales during a tour of the underground tunnels.

It wouldn’t seem right to leave without a taste test, so a complimentary glass of wine is included and can be enjoyed at the cellar door at the end of the tour.

The South Australian History Festival will host over 600 events from Saturday, May 1 to Sunday, May 30, located in both local and regional areas across the state. 

The Festival details events, ideas, stories and people that have shaped South Australia into what it is today, from political and social change to big and small scale moments. All events are open-access, and the public is encouraged to get involved and learn about the state’s past. 

Find the full program on the South Australian History Festival website and create your own adventure into the past.

5 Minutes with Dr Rahma Targett

Skin expert Dr Rahma Targett from Advanced Cosmetic Medicine uses years of experience as a medical practitioner and United Nations deputy chief medical officer to help patients achieve their best ‘natural’ skin. Here are some of her top tips. 

don’t over-do it

I advocate natural results – that is to enhance without overdoing it. I care about my patients’ wellbeing and I understand that over-treating the skin is not healthy anatomically or physiologically. 

wear sunscreen

A common misconception is that you don’t need to wear sunscreen if it’s a cloudy day. You should wear sunscreen every day, even on a cloudy day or when you’re just lounging around. If you plan to sunbathe, lather your skin in sunscreen. I see teenagers lying on the beach without sunscreen to achieve that perfect tan. It’s dangerous to the skin and wrinkles could appear earlier. 

prevention is better than a cure

Getting regular skin treatments before you start seeing wrinkles is completely advisable and safe. Again, just don’t overdo it and make sure to go to a reputable cosmetic physician.

less is more

Cosmetic medicine is about enhancing your beauty and recreating the physiological aspect of your skin at a certain age. For example, if you do too many injectables on your forehead for many, many years, the muscles will get weaker and flatter and the skin can appear thinner and looser. The sad part is, as your muscles become weaker, they start to recruit surrounding muscles. So instead of achieving a more natural result, the outcome makes the patient look unnatural and aged.

anti-ageing micro treatments are a thing

Collagen-stimulating laser genesis and thread lift work together to achieve the best results, and they’re non-invasive. The thread lift works to lift or reposition and addresses skin problems such as droopy skin. It’s a facelift without the surgery to some extent. I also do nose thread lift to improve the height and shape of the nose. Collagen-stimulating laser such as laser genesis helps restore firmness, minimise pores, improve fine lines and achieve a clearer complexion.

products you should own

For me it’s pore refining scrub, moisturiser, Vitamin C, eye cream and sunscreen – during summer I also include pigmentation serum.

Advanced Cosmetic Medicine
58/41-47 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide

Recipes: Roast Eye Fillet with Chimichurri, BBQ Prawns and Fig & Goat’s Cheese Salad

Accredited practising dietitian Emily Hartley shares some of her favourite recipes using fresh produce from Norwood Place.

roast eye fillet with chimichurri

Serves 6

1 whole eye fillet (roughly 800g)
Extra virgin olive oil
Cracked black pepper and salt to taste

1/2 cup olive oil
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1/2 cup parsley, finely chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped or minced
2 small red chilies or 1 red chili, deseeded and finely chopped 
3/4 tsp dried oregano
1 level tsp coarse salt and pepper to taste 


  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC. Season the eye fillet generously with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Heat a large heavy based fry pan on high heat. When hot, add the fillet and sear until brown on all sides.
  2. Place eye fillet onto a large heavy based roasting tray and place into the oven for 15 minutes for medium rare (or longer depending on your cooking preference). 
  3. Prepare chimichurri by mixing all ingredients together in a bowl. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes to release all of the flavours before using. Ideally, let it sit for more than 2 hours, if time allows. Chimichurri can be prepared earlier and refrigerated for 24 hours. 
  4. Remove eye fillet from the oven, allow to rest before slicing into thick slices. 
  5. Generously drizzle chimichurri over the sliced eye fillet. Serve hot.
fig & goat’s cheese salad

Serves 6

6 large fresh figs 
6 cups rocket 
60g marinated goat’s cheese
1/2 cup walnut halves

2 tsp shallots, finely diced
2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
1 tsp honey
Pinch of sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp walnut oil


  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC. On a lined baking tray spread walnuts evenly. Roast for 5-10 minutes until fragrant and toasted, stirring halfway through. Leave to cool while preparing the dressing.
  2. In a jar, mix together shallots, vinegar, honey, oil, salt and pepper. Gently shake until mixed together.
  3. Remove the stems from figs and slice into quarters. 
  4. Mix the rocket with the toasted walnuts and half of the vinaigrette. Arrange figs on the top of the salad and lightly drizzle each with a little of the remaining vinaigrette. Sprinkle the salad with crumbled goat’s cheese.
  5. Finish with a sprinkle of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. 
  6. Serve immediately.
chimichurri bbq prawns

The chimichurri sauce can be used with other meat and seafood. Why not switch out the eye fillet for some delicious BBQ prawns?

Serves 4

400g raw King prawns
Rind and juice from 1 lemon
1 long chilli, finely sliced & deseeded
2 tsp of garlic, minced
Salt & freshly ground black pepper 

Ingredients above


  1. Prepare chimichurri as per recipe above.
  2. Combine half of the chimichurri mixture with the prawns in a large bowl and toss to coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes. 
  3. Heat a barbecue grill plate to high. Remove prawns from marinade and thread onto metal or bamboo skewers. If using bamboo skewers, soak them in cold water for at least 30 minutes before threading prawns to prevent burning while cooking.
  4. Grill prawn skewers for 2 minutes on each side or until prawns are cooked through and golden. Drizzle remaining chimichurri over cooked skewers and serve with lemon wedges.
shop the ingredients

All ingredients are available from the following food retailers at Norwood Place:

Bos Taurus Butchery
Metro Fresh Norwood
Norwood Foodland
Seafood on Parade

The Winter Village: Adelaide’s First Magical Winter Wonderland

As the weather gets colder, it’s time to rug up and plan a visit to The Winter Village at Torrens Parade Ground. In an Adelaide first, the village will open on May 14 and run until September 5. 

For almost four months, the Alpine-inspired Winter wonderland will house activities including an ice skating rink, an igloo village, snow showers and lots of delicious food and beverages to keep you warm and toasty. 

The event could not come to Adelaide at a more perfect time, bringing people a sense of fun and adventure without travelling outside the state. 

Enter the village for free, treat yourself to some comfort food and drinks, or book an ice skating pass, where you can hit the rink and spend the day skating with family and friends. 

Take your Winter Village experience to the next level with a Brunch and Skate package available on weekends, which will include a 45-minute skate session followed by lunch in a private igloo. Packages include a mouth-watering selection of savoury and sweets to keep you warm and your stomach full. Book a mega private party igloo for your next function or a private igloo or cabin for yourself and friends to simply sit back and enjoy a relaxing afternoon or evening of drinks and nibbles. 

Be sure not to miss the snow showers that occur daily at 12pm, 3pm, 6pm and 9 pm. 

The Winter Village 

Torrens Parade Ground 

Global Eats: Travel the World in Your Lunch Break

Travel the world in your lunchbreak at the new-look Myer Centre Food Court.

little pot

Each experience is different and unique in Billy’s Lane. Little Pot offers you the traditional hot pot experience with your choice of ingredients and is the ideal way to keep warm on those cooler days. For all you dumplings lovers out there, you’ll want to try the delicious dumpling soup!

bing boy

Bringing the flavours of urban Asian street food straight to your taste buds. Bing Boy specialises in Chinese crepes. Choose from a selection of traditional crepe recipes.

cheeky dumpling

For everything small and delectable, visit Cheeky Dumpling. Dig into an assortment of dumplings, dim sums, noodles and more. Whether you’re on the go or craving a feast, Cheeky Dumpling is fitting for every meal.

yiros centre

Cure all your Greek cravings at the Yiros Centre. With wraps, plates and Mediterranean salads you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Santorini! Yiros burgers filled with tender lamb, chicken, beef, or a combination of all three, are also worth a try! 

gelina milk bar

It’s the café that’s making the desserts you dreamed about as a child. Coco Pops and Lucky Charms cereal milk lattes, ice cream rolls and homemade sweet pies, to name a few. A part of the new Billy’s Lane, Gelina Milk Bar turns ordinary sweets into something magical.


A slice of America at our fingertips. Fried chicken, cheeseburgers, fries, hotdogs, shakes – you name it, Boneshaker has you sorted. Or switch it up with something healthy, like their delicious salad bowls. Using South Australian meat and making their bread in house, these flavours will keep you coming back for more. 

roco pasta

For delicious Mediterranean flavours, Roco Pasta is worth a visit. All of the favourites are there, plus traditional wood-fired pizzas, steaming jacket potatoes and hearty soups, perfect as the cooler months roll in.  


Treat yourself to a fluffy steamed bao bun at Billy’s Lane. Fill yours with Korean fried chicken, chilli soft shell crab, pork belly and more. For something more substantial, order a bowl filled with protein and healthy goodness. 

the sandwich hut

For something healthy and fresh, head to The Sandwich Hut. Select from a range of sandwiches and focaccias such as the turkey club or chicken Caesar, or build your own. All produce used is locally sourced, making it even more delicious. 

 Images by Meaghan Coles

Two Botanicals that will Help Reduce the Signs of Ageing

There is no doubt about it, almost everyone wants to appear younger than they are. Radiant, fresh skin is something not only women, but also men, strive for. Ageing may be inevitable but there are two key ingredients that may help you to remain fresh-faced well into your later years. 

Jurlique’s miracle-working Nutri-Define Supreme Rejuvenating Serum consists of two main ingredients – Spilanthes Flower Extract and Horseradish Extract. The potency of these two botanicals has the power to reduce the appearance of any signs of ageing, from fine lines to visible wrinkles, along with possessing natural properties that increase hydration and help plump the skin. Here’s what you need to know about these age defying botanicals.

spilanthes flower extract

Spilanthes Flower Extract purifies your skin while reducing overall oiliness. It also increases the production of collagen by a whopping 46 percent. 

horseradish extract

Another collagen-boosting ingredient, this root vegetable is the secret ingredient to maintaining youthful skin. Achieve your desired firmness and elasticity with this dynamic skin antioxidant. 

Jurlique has recently launched a larger version of their Nutri-Define Supreme Rejuvenating Serum. Previously only available in 30ml ($65), you can now purchase the 50ml ($210) bottle to keep your skin looking youthful and glowy that little bit longer. 

Words Mia Vidale

Stay-cay in The Barossa Valley

There are over 80 cellar door experiences in the Barossa, with wine made from some of the oldest vines in the world. But the internationally-acclaimed wine region is about more than just grapevines. There’s also some of the best food experiences and luxury stays right on your doorstep.


Recognised as the ‘birthplace’ of The Barossa Valley, Château Tanunda is a historical display of winemaking in the region. While the Geber family have been producing Australian wines for 24 years, the Chateau itself has been standing tall for more than 130. Various winemaking legends have worked the cellars of the Chateau, with the winemaking now led by one of the Drinks Business Top 100 Winemakers of the World, Neville Rowe. The distinctive architecture of the estate is impressive enough, however it’s the esteemed Old Vines Expressions and The Everest wines that offer that extra prestige. Sip away on the flavours of The Barossa’s finest fruits while looking out to 350 acres of vineyards. Book in for a Château experience, from tours to tastings, or stay the night at The Barossa Vineyard Guesthouse nestled within the valley.

Château Tanunda
9 Basedow Road, Tanunda
08 8563 3888


Hidden away amongst the vineyards, you’ll find the elegant Vintners Bar & Grill. This restaurant represents The Barossa region in its finest form with delicious food and locally-made wines. Surrounded by some of the best produce the country has to offer, chef Peter Clarke has crafted a menu specialising in modern Australian cuisine. Located next door to The Barossa Farmer’s Market, when new harvest comes into season you can be sure that the Vintner’s chefs are the first to have it on their menu. With an atmosphere that’s warm and sheltered in the winter and serene and bright in the summer, there is a reason why Vintners is one of the longest operating restaurants in the Barossa Valley.

Vintners Bar & Grill
752 Stockwell Road, Angaston
08 8564 2488


Growing grapes and making small-batch artisanal wine from historic Barossa vines is the DNA of Tomfoolery Wines, but a fully renovated B&B cottage completes the experience.

Renowned for producing wines that are aromatic, floral and with an intense depth of flavour, Tomfoolery’s husband and wife team have an approach to winemaking that is both modern and traditional.

From indigenous yeast fermentation to basket pressing and wine that is matured in-barrel, it’s a low-intervention technique that ensures each bottle reflects the individual characteristics of the vineyard, and of course, the fruit itself. 

Chief winemaker and Tomfoolery co-owner, Ben Chipman, calls the philosophy ‘old world simplicity in a new world of wine’. 

“The fruit from our selected vineyards is hand-picked and fermented in small open fermenters, which are pumped over by hand twice daily. Our wines are matured in barrel, stacked in pyramids on traditional stillage and bottled with no fining or filtration.”

As a result, Tomfoolery’s wines are routinely listed as some of the best value for money wines in Australia, including their ‘Artful Dodger’ Shiraz, which was first produced back in 2004 by Ben and his best mate Toby Yap.

Now with 16 different wines to choose from they’ve expanded to include Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Grenache and Tempranillo, which Ben fell in love with during several vintages in Spain. 

“I really want those pretty and aromatic flavours and smells, and I want a bit of depth in there as well. When you’ve got a bit of both, I think that’s what makes a really great drink.”

A product of the Rockford Wines academy, where he and wife Sarah both worked under legendary figures Robert O’Callaghan and Chris Ringland, they took the plunge and purchased Tomfoolery Wines’ home in Light Pass back in 2011, turning it into the state-of-the-art facility it is today.

Dating back to the 1940s, the 20-acre property is inclusive of a fully renovated B&B cottage and a by-appointment cellar door experience that takes you into the heart of the winery, as well as their fruit and vegetable orchard. A two-night stay will get you all the luxury trimmings, and there’s even a helipad for anyone looking to make a statement.

Tomfoolery Wines 
517 Stockwell Road, Lights Pass

08 8564 2214


When Carol Dadds stumbled across a box of leather hides and working tools at her mother’s house, little did she know that this was a glimpse into her future working life. With generations of leather craftsmanship in her family, it wasn’t such a surprise that she was continue in their footsteps. Today, she crafts an endless list of leather goods, including beautiful bags, purses, clutches, wine bottle carriers, satchels, leather bar stools, knife rolls, belts, journals and more. What she loves most about leather is that with each hide comes their own scarring and marks, ensuring each piece tells a story. Much like our own lives and her designs, original and unique.

Sunshine Barossa Australia
8 Stockwell Road, Barossa Valley
0400 020 061

Images by Meaghan Coles

The McLaren Vale: Our Guide

World-class wine, a plethora of gourmet restaurants serving up fresh, local produce, decadent and boutique accommodation options to suit every traveller, plus 30 kilometres of pristine coastline just waiting to be discovered in The McLaren Vale.

luxury getaway

Located in the Sellicks foothills is a spectacular piece of the mid-nineteenth century that has been lovingly restored into a luxury accommodation experience. The retreat comprises two unique suites – The Millery and the Granary. These impressive countryside stays are fully equipped with cosy king beds, plush armchairs to relax in, European kitchen appliances and smart TVs. Bathrobes and slippers are also provided, along with full English breakfasts for an additional cost. Book in for a relaxation massage at the onsite Hidden Beauty salon, or just eat, drink and unwind while taking in the incredible views. 

The Old Chaff Mill Retreat
371 Plains Road, Sellicks Hill
0412 186 33

panoramic views

Situated high atop a private hill in Kangarilla, you’ll find the picturesque McLaren Eye. The name was inspired by the sweeping rural vistas that will surround you during your stay and, only a mere 13 kilometres from McLaren Vale, you’ll find some of the country’s best wineries and restaurants on your doorstep. An ideal getaway for two couples, the luxe home boasts two king bedrooms, ensuites and private balconies on each side. In the middle lies the living pavilion surrounded by 180-degree panoramic views. Take a romantic soak in the free-standing bath or visit the Willunga Markets and cook up a storm in the kitchen using fresh local produce. With a helicopter pad on site, travel from Adelaide Airport or day trip to Kangaroo Island (or anywhere along the Fleurieu Peninsula). 

McLaren Eye
36A Peters Creek Road, Kangarilla 
08 8383 7122 / 0409 430 949

sustainable dining

Serving modern Australian cuisine based on the best available ingredients, Leonards Mill proprietors Hayley Pember-Calvert and her husband Iain have created a food destination on the Fleurieu Peninsula that doesn’t just talk sustainability, it lives it.

Housed in what is now a 163-year-old former flour mill, the pair’s ethos goes well beyond a farm-to-fork philosophy and is more accurately described as nose-to-tail, root-to-leaf.

“We buy whole animals and whole plants and use everything, so nothing is wasted. Even our seafood is caught by a local fisherman off nearby Cape Jervis,” explains Hayley. “We only buy what is in season and what grows well in our supplier’s soils, so our menu changes all the time.”

That said, it’s not unreasonable to expect prime cuts of venison, lamb or sirloin beef from just over the road, not to mention Kangaroo Island oysters and the freshest artisanal veggies from their very own permaculture garden. 

Backed up by a wine list boasting SA’s best small-batch family-owned labels, the split-level restaurant — there is also an outdoor area — is open for two or three-course set lunches from Wednesday through Sunday, all year round. 

Alternatively, if a Fleurieu food journey sounds right, the Leonards Mill Experience is a five-course degustation that will only leave you wanting more every Friday and Saturday night.

From there, you can even make a stay of it, but their luxe country cottages do book out in advance, and with good reason.

Leonards Mill 
7869 Main South Road
Second Valley

italian flavour

Well-known around the world for their award-winning Shiraz and Cabernet blends, Serafino Wines is a complete destination for lovers and lovers of wine.

Offering an epicurean romance set on one of the most stunning properties on the Fleurieu Peninsula, Serafino’s Italian heritage permeates their visitor experience. 

First arriving in Australia in 1964, Serafino, aka Steve Maglieri, planted his first McLaren Flat vines in 1968. Soon making his mark as the man behind Lambrusco — the ubiquitous sweet red bubbly of the 1980s and 90s and the number one wine during this time.

Bringing little more to Australia than his knowledge of viticulture and a passion for making great wine, Steve had the foresight in 2000 to plant ten grape varieties native to his place of birth. Taking advantage of a McLaren Vale climate similar to the Mediterranean coast, the result twenty years on is one of the most authentic tastes of ‘the old country’ right here in South Australia!

This year, the 2020 vintage of the much-loved Fiano (perfect with seafood) has already sold out, while the Bellissimo Montepulciano has won ‘Best Mediterranean Wine’ five times in a row at the McLaren Vale Wine Show. 

It’s the type of success that has attracted the best in the business to the winery, and in winemaker Charles Whish and vineyard manager Andrew Godfrey they certainly have that. Steve’s daughter, Maria Maglieri, has also taken the helm as CEO.

Featuring 30 rooms of up to four-star accommodation and a lake surrounded by magnificent Australian gums, the Serafino property oozes La Dolce Vita. Add a world-class restaurant, which is helmed by a genuine Sicilian, Alberto Occhipinti (the winner of two Chef Hat’s awards) and it’s no surprise that their range of experiences are in high demand. 

To start, we recommend you take the short drive on any Friday, Saturday or Sunday and try one of their premium paired food and wine flights. Featuring five of Serafino’s iconic McLaren Vale wines – think oak barrels, chocolate and red currents – paired with a tasting plate of delicious regional flavours, and you’ll be soaking up the spectacular views and the (very) good life in no time.

Serafino Wines
39 Kangarilla Road, McLaren Vale

08 8323 8911

Road Trip Through the Adelaide Hills

The quaint townships of the breathtaking Adelaide Hills are brimming with cultural discoveries, award-winning wineries (many specialising in cool-climate varieties) and artisan eateries. If you’re a gin lover, you’ll also want to visit some of the region’s most popular distilleries.

but first, brunch

FRED Eatery is the perfect combination of sweet and savoury. The local favourite that specialises in flavour driven comfort food, serving up breakfast, lunch, coffee and cakes, recently took the top spot in The Advertiser’s Adelaide Hill’s Top Café survey with chef Matt Preston. You can even bring your pup along for a doggy biscuit and lactose-free turmeric latte. There’s also an inviting courtyard, mezzanine library and private dining space with affiliated retail outlet, FRED Living, just next door! 

Fred Eatery
22 Mount Barker Road, Aldgate
08 8339 1899

gin stop

The Ambleside experience begins before you even enter the state-of-the-art distillery – in the botanical garden that the family-owned venue was literally built around. Juniper berries, native citrus and an array of herbs that are grown in the distillery garden and used to flavour Ambleside’s traditional, vapour infused range of craft spirits. 

Capturing the essence of the local produce is part of the founding family’s ethos, and just one of the reasons their uniquely authentic gins are so popular. Complementing the flavours, which are blended together in their Australian-made copper still, and completing the experience is a journey through the character-filled Tasting Room. 

A nine-metre-long reclaimed brick wall and polished concrete floors greet you at the entrance while a large timber deck extends your gaze toward the ensuing view of Hahndorf’s iconic rolling hills. 

Tasting Flights that include three signature gins are a good place to start, while the more adventurous might want to embark on a Gin Blending Masterclass where you will use a mix of botanicals straight from the garden, as well as local and international producers, to create your own unique blend.

Ambleside Distillers
1 Ambleside Road, Hahndorf


The second-generation family-owned vineyard is a mere 25 minutes from Adelaide, yet the charismatic stone cellar door and restaurant in the heart of Nairne will have you feeling like you’re a million miles away. 

The winery’s a la carte restaurant, Clover & Stone, boasts a delicious menu crafted by executive chef Chang Koog Lee (aka Cookie). The cuisine is a fusion of fresh, local South Australian produce and Korean flavours. Wild caught Barramundi with orange quinoa salad, braised daikon and jorim sauce, or traditional house-made gamja-jeon Korean potato fritters with miso bechamel, roasted pepitas, macadamia and vinegar glaze are just a few of the dishes you’ll find.

Food aside, there are two other good reasons to add this one to your Hills’ list.  Howard Vineyard actually has two vineyards, each used to produce different types of wine. Howard Vineyard in Mount Barker is a warmer vineyard in a cool climate; the grapes harvested here are used to make Shiraz, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rose and Sauvignon Blanc. Schoenthal (meaning beautiful valley) Vineyard in Lobethal is known for its natural acidity and cool climate, producing some of the Adelaide Hill’s finest Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc. 

The winemaking at Howard Vineyard has a meticulous process. Head winemaker Tom believes that picking the grapes at optimal ripeness is the key to achieving vibrant flavours and natural acidity. And so, the winemakers go above and beyond to harvest the grapes at their peak, from handpicking and hand pruning to shoot and bunch trimming and low yields.

There are also wine tastings at the cellar door or you can experience the Amos Tasting, which explores the premium Amos range with a virtual walkthrough of the Howard Vineyard story. Be sure to keep an eye out for Felix, the winery pooch. 

Howard’s Vineyard
53 Bald Hills Road, Nairne
08 8188 0203