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Many high quality wines were grown in the Adelaide Hills from the 1840s until the end of the century. For various reasons viticulture and winemaking almost ceased until a revival took place in the 1970s.

Famous vineyards pre 1900

  • Arthur Hardy, Mount Lofty
  • Auldana (1842) - Towards the end of the century made Australia’s first commercial red sparkling wine and the first St Henri Claret, under the expert hand of French winemaker Edmond Mazure
  • EJ Peake, Clarendon
  • Elderslie, Woodside
  • Glen Ewin, Houghton - Today the site of Willabrand Fig Orchards
  • Holmesdale, Kanmantoo
  • Morialta
  • Penfolds (1844) - Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold planted mainly Grenache 

There were many other vineyards of various sizes and importance, with owners of several nationalities, scattered throughout the Adelaide Hills. From 1840 to 1900 about 225 grape growers have been identified in the central Mount Lofty Ranges.