A visit to K1 Winery found autumn colour at its finest.
Maples, birches and oak trees fringe the large lake with surrounding vineyard turning a glistening gold.
Visitors who travel in the late afternoon are rewarded with a glow from the sun that sets the rich browny, yellow leaves alight.
The entrance to the winery is 1.6kms from the turn off from Brookman Road. The road from the turn off is beautiful Australian bush country.
The traveller is then unprepared for the sight of a panorama of vines and an avenue of plane trees that leads down to a large lake. The road then winds down to the cellar door.
The cellar door has a chalet feel about it. A two story 'shack' with wide open views across the lake and out to the amber and gold coloured trees. Water birds were abounding, rainbow trout are apparently also in the lake.
Many people wander in just to take photos.
But my luck had run out, as my camera decided to malfunction.
I then had to partake of the wines on offer. The trials of the intrepid writer..............
But what a high standard of wines awaits.
The ultra-cool Kuitpo vineyard in the Adelaide Hills was planted by Geoff Hardy in 1987 after searching the hills for an ideal location for premium wine production.
As this was the first significant vineyard planted in the region it became known as the K1 Vineyard. All fruit for Geoff Hardys K1 brand is sourced from this vineyard, perched on the southwestern ridge of the Adelaide Hills above McLaren Vale.
Geoff Hardy and daughter Bec Hardy
The current label has sold out of Sauvignon Blanc.
But there are many excellent whites, a rose and reds on offer.
I eventually went for the Pinot Noir, 2012.
The cellar door staff were all unfailingly helpful and knowledgeable, the facilities are outstanding, the views divine.
By way of a suggested upgrade, food could be built into this experience. A selection of ploughman's platters would be welcome. To sit out on the decking with a glass of the best Geoff Hardy has to offer, and a cheese platter would be mighty fine.
The venue also caters for weddings.
This winery may be off the usual winery trail, but is well worth seeking out, especially in autumn.