The Italians are coming...
Italian varieties are increasingly seen as cool and clever - which makes our region [Adelaide Hills] right place, right time. The Adelaide Hills is a much-praised region producing elegant cool climate wines that are all the rage. But it's the striking diversity of the region in terms of geology, climate and topography that makes it truly compelling, creating a wealth of opportunity for different grape varieties to be grown and great wines to be realised. Italian varieties have already started to grow the Adelaide Hills' reputation for world class wine. The best Hills' winemakers are focusing on varieties from the cooler parts of Italy that often hail from similar rolling terrain. The Adelaide Hills has certainly produced easygoing everyday Pinot Grigio, but it's also accommodating those with loftier ambitions: with the right combination of site, climate and geology, the potential is there to make wines with complexity, structure and concentrated flavours. Some great wines have already been made - Casa Freschi's Ragazzi Pinot Grigio and Hahndorf Hill Pinot Grigio are two standouts in the region.
Nick Stock, Adelaide Hills Magazine, Autumn 2012