This weekend we enjoyed a stay at Longview Vineyard in the Adelaide Hills. After a few really full-on months at work while also juggling home renovations, we needed a bit of grown-ups time out where we could just relax, laze about, and chat about anything uninterrupted. Longview Vineyard was the absolute perfect escape.
We actually had a long weekend booked in Melbourne, with plans to explore the Yarra Valley with our friends. Unfortunately, a COVID outbreak meant that Melbourne went into lockdown and South Australia closed the border. We were so glad we could get a night at Longview, though we tried to book for two but they were fully booked. Now we’ve stayed a night, we can see why!
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How to get to Longview Vineyard
Longview Vineyard is located in the small Adelaide Hills town of Macclesfield. From Adelaide, drive up the South Eastern freeway to Hahndorf, then drive up the main street. Take a right at Echunga Road and follow this until you reach Echunga. There’ll be a fork in the roads: veer left onto Strathalbyn Road and follow this through Flaxley. The next town is Macclesfield.
Longview Vineyard is located on Pound Road. Head through Macclesfield then towards the edge of the town, take a right at Pound Road and follow it for a couple of kilometres. Longview is well signed on the right-hand side of the road.
Wine Tasting at Longview
We checked in at 2pm and had booked a wine tasting with cheese platter. We tried five wines – our favourites were the Chardonnay (seriously, I usually don’t like Chardonnay at all but the butterscotch notes in this one were divine) and their late harvest Reisling (a sticky dessert wine). As we ordered a cheese platter as well, we were served three delightful cheeses with handmade lavosh – a soft Monte Rosso and semi-hard Il Lupo, both by Section 28 cheeses in the Adelaide Hills, and a Fourme D’Ambert Gorgonzola.
There’s two areas set up: inside, with a fire, and outside on the verandah. The verandah has heaters and while it was cold, it wasn’t windy so the heaters worked perfectly. The walls are all glass so the view over the vineyard is delightful from any vantage point, inside or outside. I’m so excited to come back in the summer and enjoy the outdoor seating.
I don’t know if it was just because it was a Friday afternoon and there were only a few of us (and we were all checking in), but there were a few moments when we were able to chat to other patrons. I’m not sure how to describe it – it was just a really friendly vibe. It reminded me of a ski chalet or a tiny Fijian island resort, where people get to know each other.
Suites at Longview Vineyard
Once we’d tried many delicious wines, it was time to check in!
The suites are located back from the main cellar door area. It’s a short walk or about a minute’s drive along an unsealed road. The view over the dam and farm (hello baby animals!) was lovely.
There are three different suite options. The Longview suites overlook the homestead and are connected to each other in one row. These suites are a studio layout and feature a king size bed, kitchenette, a bathroom, and outdoor courtyard area. The Vineyard suites have the same layout, but they are a little more spacious and have a deck at the back that overlooks the vineyard rather than the homestead. Finally, there is one spa suite, which features a two-person indoor spa that overlooks the vineyard. We stayed in the Vineyard suite (we tried to book the Spa suite but given the late notice, it was understandably already booked. So we’ll be back soon to try this one!)
Breakfast provisions are provided in each Suite. Ours included four eggs, local streaky bacon, artisanal bread and the juiciest tomatoes I’ve ever seen, as well as locally made orange juice. Everything you need to cook your breakfast is provided in the kitchenette.
One of our favourite aspects of the suite was sitting on the deck with a bottle of wine. In the morning, we were able to stand on the deck and watch kangaroos hopping through the vineyard!
The king bed was really comfortable, which is a huge plus. Not super firm (more like a big cuddly marshmallow) so be aware of that if you need a firm bed. The bedding was very soft and, given it was so cold, I just wanted to stay snuggled up in bed. The rooms have a split system air conditioner though so we never actually felt cold.
Dining at Longview Vineyard
There are a few dining options at Longview depending on when you stay.
The Saturday we stayed they had a pasta day for lunch – I overheard the words “beef cheek gnocchi” and had to ask more. Everything was handmade and it was quite the event.
In general, the cellar door serves lunch on Saturdays and Sundays. There is a set menu which is very reasonably prices at $45 per person. You can find the menu here.
Antipasto platters can be ordered as well.
Longview doesn’t serve dinner, however there are a couple of cute country pubs in Macclesfield that do. Or, you can head into Hahndorf, like we did, which is only 15 minutes away. We had dinner at the gorgeous Sidewood Estate.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Longview. It was tranquil, welcoming, and really just everything we needed. We walked away equal parts re-energised and regretful that we couldn’t stay another night. We’ll definitely be back in the warmer months!
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Disclaimer: We paid for our stay in full and have no arrangement with Longview Vineyard. This review is a recount of our personal experience only.