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Winemaker Dinner Series



21 September 2015

Re-launch of the Adelaide Hills Wine Dinner’s series at Historic Mount Lofty House

Following on from the sold out Henschke Winemakers Dinner held at Mount Lofty House late July 2015, the House are partnering with local Adelaide Hills Wineries (and a brewery) bringing a series of dinners to food and wine lovers!

Each exquisite course, which there will be five, designed by Executive Chef Girard Ramsey, will be matched to a range of wines from local Adelaide Hills Wineries including award winning Bird in Hand, Deviation Road, and Mt Lofty Ranges.

Each dinner will be held in the Piccadilly Pavilion at Mount Lofty House overlooking the picturesque Piccadilly Valley, including live entertainment, superb service, mood lighting, talks from the winemakers, food and wine notes, and the innovation and inspiration behind the named wines.

The wineries in the 2015 Spring/Summer series include:

  • Deviation Road – Thursday 15/10
  • Bird in Hand – Thursday 22/10
  • Prancing Pony Brewery – Thursday 29/10
  • Mt Lofty Ranges – Thursday 12/11
  • Howards Vinyard & By Jingo! Wines – Thursday 19/11
  • Catlin Wines – Thursday 3/12
  • Pommery – Thursday 10/12

Tickets are $125 per person (Bird in Hand, $155 per person) and bookings can be made by phoning Mount Lofty House on 08 8339 6777 or email

These culinary events is a perfect way to combine a spring getaway at Mount Lofty House.   A special two-night spring accommodation package is available from $535.00 per couple.  The package includes two nights’ accommodation, daily continental breakfast in Piccadilly Restaurant, free wifi, full use of pool and on ground games, a $50.00 voucher to use at the Stables Day Spa or Piccadilly Restaurant (cannot be used for Wine Dinners).  Booking must be made on consecutive nights and include a Thursday night.

Executive Chef – Girard Ramsay

Girard completed his apprenticeship at the Delta Bessborough Hotel in Saskatoon Saskatchewan. It wasn’t until Girard moved to Vancouver British Columbia where he honed his craft working in some of Vancouvers top Hotels and restaurants. 

Girard commenced his working portfolio in Adelaide at the Grange Jetty Kiosk and later resided at the Pier Hotel in Glenelg. After a number of years working at beachfront venues Girard decided to make the move up the hill and it was in 2010 joined the Mount Lofty House family.

Girard enjoys having access to the freshest of produce and utilises local products as much as possible when creating menus.  Girard enjoy cooking for people and seeing the enjoyment they get from the food he prepare.

For more information, please contact Mount Lofty House on 08 8339 6777 or visit the website


Mount Lofty House

Arthur Hardy, a politician, lawyer, pastoralist and businessman, built Mount Lofty House between 1852 and 1858.  The property served the Hardy family as a cool summer residence, later becoming their permanent home.  Occupying one of the most commanding positions in the colony, Mount Lofty House was built of sawn freestone and local sandstone with sheets of glass as the dampcourse.  The house saw many distinguished owners including Arthur Waterhouse and John Richardson. 

The Ash Wednesday bushfires in 1983 destroyed all but the massive stone walls on the property.  A young couple had just purchased the property as a residence and had taken possession for only two weeks when the fire went through.  The devastated owners sold Mount Lofty House estate without ever taking residence here. 

The ruined property was sold at a local architect who began the restoration into a boutique hotel, recreating its form splendour.  Mr Ross Sands designed and commissioned the Piccadilly Wing extension, comprising a further 21 rooms, conference rooms and the Piccadilly Restaurant which officially opened on 25 October 1998.

In July 1993 another South Australian family ‘The Aughey family’ purchased Mount Lofty House and operated the property for 14 years, continuing with restoration on the house.

May 2009, another South Australian family purchased the property, who are the House’s current owners, they are committed to keeping the integrity and history of Mount Lofty House as well as adding a modern touch to an already tranquil hotel.

2015 – 2016 will see the property revamped again with the addition of nine luxury, 100 square metre each, suites being built in the Escarpment area overlooking the picturesque Piccadilly Valley as well as a high-end destination restaurant, bar and lounge which will open onto the House’s Heritage Balcony, again boasting views of the Piccadilly Valley (opening early 2016).  The original 1850’s cellar is also being restored to offer wine storage and private intimate dinners.


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