Nepenthe

A boutique Winery and Cellar Door in the Adelaide Hills

Wine Tasting at Nepenthe

Murdoch Hill, a family-owned boutique winery located in the picturesque Adelaide Hills near Oakbank, has been crafting exceptional wines since its vineyards were first planted by the family in 1998. Drawing from a rich family heritage that spans back to 1939 when their grandfather acquired the farm, the Downer family has since infused Murdoch Hill with a passion for winemaking and land stewardship. With vineyards set on an east-facing slope rising to 420m elevation, Murdoch Hill specialises in a range of varietals, including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Syrah, embracing an organic ethos and a minimalistic approach in the winery to highlight the unique terroir of the Adelaide Hills.

Chief Winemaker Michael Downer, alongside his brothers Andrew and Henry, continues to drive the vision of producing adventurous and high-quality wines that reflect the region's distinctive climate and soil composition. Through careful vineyard management and innovative winemaking techniques, Murdoch Hill has become known for its expressive, approachable wines that are both a reflection of the family's legacy and a celebration of the Adelaide Hills' unique wine culture.

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The Murdoch Hill Tasting Room offers an intimate wine discovery experience, inviting guests to explore the estate's award-winning portfolio amid the tranquil beauty of their working farm. Located just outside Oakbank, the Tasting Room features design elements that harmonize with its natural surroundings, providing stunning views of rolling paddocks and ancient gum trees. Visitors can enjoy seasonal selection wine flights, meticulously curated to showcase the best of Murdoch Hill's range, alongside locally sourced cheeses from Section 28. The outdoor deck area, open in warmer months, allows guests to savor wines by the glass or bottle while immersed in the serene Adelaide Hills landscape.

With a focus on creating a welcoming atmosphere, the Tasting Room is designed to suit all occasions, whether visitors are wine aficionados or those simply seeking a peaceful retreat into wine country. The presence of the family's friendly winery dog, Rudi, adds a personal touch, embodying the warm and inviting spirit of Murdoch Hill.

You can expect the following from a tasting at Nepenthe:

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For those looking to immerse themselves in the Adelaide Hills wine scene, Murdoch Hill is a must-visit destination. The winery recommends bookings for their Seasonal Selection wine flights, priced at $15 per person, ensuring a personalised tasting journey through five wines that epitomize the season's best. This experience is complemented by the option to enjoy wine and cheese plates on the sun-filled deck, making for a memorable visit. The unique combination of innovative winemaking, a deep respect for the land, and a commitment to showcasing local produce makes Murdoch Hill not just a winery but a cornerstone of Adelaide Hills' vibrant wine community.

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