Longview vineyard - a place beyond the pines

Longview - 154 Pound Rd, Macclesfield SA 5153

Taking a drive through the Adelaide Hills on a beautiful weekend day is a tradition many Adelaideans have partaken in, and one many enjoy, especially when it involves a destination of the winery kind. So when an invitation came through from Longview, we were eager to jump into our car and check out another hidden treasure of the Adelaide Hills. The drive alone on a crisp, sunny Winter's day was magical enough. And while the journey was a delight, the destination was breathtaking.

If you follow us on Snapchat you might have seen our video shot of the Longview Vineyard and of its vast rolling hills and native bush-land. Atop the hill sits the vineyard with its 4 star accommodation, a cellar door with views of the beautiful outdoors, and a restaurant with a fire place that serves Sunday tapas. All food and beverage tastings were supplied by Longview.

View of the cellar door

Our arrival began with a short introduction of the wines produced at Longview Vineyard, and as the time was past noon, it was an acceptable hour to begin wine tasting. We were presented with a selection of Maccesfield Chardonnay, Kuhl Gruner Veltliner, Boat Shed Nebbiolo Rosato, Queenie Pinot Grigio and the Devil's Elbow Cabernet Sauvignon. My (Sofia's) personal favourite was the Queenie Pinot Grigio, as well as the Devil's Elbow Cabernet Sauvignon, which was a delicious full bodied red.

It was an enjoyable afternoon to say the least. Standing outside on the deck of the vineyard, tasting some beautiful wines. Mark, one of the owners, spoke about his passion for the business and his drive to bring the people of Adelaide something exceptional, and something unique in the way of wine and food.

Street art displayed inside the cellar door

A fine range of Longview drops

With tastings complete, we are invited inside to enjoy a relaxing Sunday lunch while overlooking the vineyard hills. The dining room is cosy with high ceilings.  There is a fireplace at one end of the room and large floor to ceiling windows that showcase some stunning views. Our wine tasting has left us feeling hungry and we eagerly await the showcase of the winter menu.

The starters arrive and we are delighted to discover delicious treats such as the crunchy fried mushrooms with garlic aioli, corn chowder with house smoked shredded chicken and creme fraiche and crusty warm bread with smoked paprika butter. That butter, I would eat a whole jar if I could. So flavoursome, and so delicate, this is the perfect way to start a meal. And there's no better partner to butter than the humble, white crusty bread. The corn chowder however, was a bit of a miss, it was a little watery and had large chunks of corn, perhaps a little thickening of the soup would make it into that winter warmer that feeds the soul.

Corn chowder with house smoked shredded chicken & creme fraiche
Crusty mushrooms & smoked paprika butter

For mains we were treated to polenta crusted beef ragu pie with broccolini, pan fried Adelaide haloumi with house smoked sweet potato and harissa salad, cauliflower gratin with pork schnitzel and caponata and a green leafy salad. Of these, the stand out dish for me was the polenta crusted beef pie, the crusty top went really well with the saucy ragu, a breakup of texture and flavours and the chunky beef cuts were melt in your mouth amazing. The cauliflower gratin was cheesy and creamy, and the right balance of hearty without being heavy on the starches.

And while the pork schnitzel had a great crunch and flavour, we felt it lacked a bit of spice and needed just a bit more saucy caponata for a flavour hit.

Pan fried haloumi with house smoked sweet potato & harissa salad

Pork schnitzel & cauliflower gratin
Polenta crusted beef ragu pie & broccolini 

The day long wining and dining came to a close with a selection of desserts and a cheese plate. All great accompaniments to the wine flowing through out the meal. There were hazelnut meringue drops, chocolate raspberry cheesecake brownies and coconut panna cotta with coconut wafers. While the cheese plate featured King Island aged cheddar, lavosh, quince paste, shiraz spiced pears and grapes. I couldn't think of a better way to end the afternoon.

Selection of desserts
Cheese plate

The Longview Vineyard is one of those places you just must visit, it's a place beyond the pines where the scenery is a feast for the eyes and the wine and food is a feast for the soul. Come for the day and enjoy a tasting at the cellar door, stay for a meal and make sure to get the whole bottle of your favourite, trust me, you won't regret it. The food is hearty and filling and the staff are friendly and attentive. Such pleasures are meant to be enjoyed in such beautiful surroundings. And should you want to indulge through the night, their accommodation cabins will feel like a home away from home, with all your creature comforts catered to.

A fireplace for comfort and warmth
We'd like to thank Longview Vineyard, Mark and Sarah Abbott from Sassafras Public Relations for inviting us to a wonderful day out in the vineyard, it was truly an afternoon we soon won't forget. It is a place we will come back to, to relive the the magic of the Adelaide Hills.

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