The Hills Cider Company
This Adelaide Hills outfit has been turning apples and pears into cider for ten years.
There are no prizes for guessing what The Hills Cider Company makes — or where this South Australian joint is based. In Hay Valley in the Adelaide Hills, it has spent the past ten years turning apples and pears into alcoholic beverages, with a particular focus on supporting local farmers and using 100-percent Australian grown fruit sourced from the area.
The Hills' style: minimal intervention, which means its vegan, gluten-free ciders are oh-so-fruity. That includes its popular Apple Cider, as made from green apples that've been under the company's control from "land to hand", as it describes it. Taste-wise, you'll notice vanilla, custard apple, and even lemon and lime sherbet, as well as a natural sweetness.
The Hills Cider Company is located at the 84-hectare site known as LOT.100, forming part of a collective that also includes a cidery, distillery, winemaker, a juice company and a restaurant. At the latter, a paddock-to-plate lunch menu is on offer from 12–5pm Thursday–Sunday.