for picking near Reynella
Well known vineyard area on the edge of
Located only 21 km south of Adelaide and 120
metres above sea level, Reynella is now part of
the outer suburbs of the state's capital. The
sprawl of Adelaide is quite remarkable. To the
south it stretches down Gulf St Vincent and
there are literally wineries everywhere. There
is the huge Hardy Wine Company and various small
wine companies. Vineyards appear to be growing
in the suburbs.
If there is an old Reynella it is well hidden
in the new development of the area which is an
unusual mix of new suburban project homes linked
with wineries and fields of vines. Prior to
European settlement the area was inhabited by
the Peramangk group of Aborigines.
The first European settler was John Reynell
after whom the township is named. He planted
grapes as early as 1838 and laid out the
township in 1854. It is said that Thomas Hardy,
one of Australia's most famous winemakers,
worked for John Reynell. It is worth remembering
that Reynella Farm covered 450 acres and that
only 15 acres were ever under vines.
The railway reached Reynella in 1916 and in
the 1950s, as suburban Adelaide moved south, it
became an important centre connected to Port
Stanvac and Port Noarlunga.
Things to see:
The first winery in the Reynella district was
established by John Reynell in 1838. He had
received vine cuttings from William Macarthur in
New South Wales. Chateau Reynella produced its
first wine in 1842 and therefore makes claims to
being the country's oldest winery. There is
still evidence of the early history of the
vineyard. The cellars date from 1842 and the
stone homestead was built around 1854-1855.