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The Tipsy Hill Gardens

A stunning location in the McLaren Vale wine region

Tipsy Hill offers one of the most stunning locations in the McLaren Vale wine region. The property is set high on a hill with spectacular views across the region, and is surrounded by vineyards on either side of the garden. Tipsy Hill is the perfect venue for small functions like our private dining options, small weddings and other celebrations.

The Tipsy Hill garden is one of the most well-known private gardens in South Australia.

Planted 20 years ago by the original owner, Margaret Burrell, and designed by the renowned landscape gardener, Pam Hailstone, the 2.5 acre (1 hectare) garden is set on a sandhill with sweeping 360 degree views across McLaren Vale and the Mount Lofty Ranges.

The garden, surrounded by vineyards on all sides, is beautifully terraced with a real sense of the Mediterranean. Imaginative plantings and the bold use of colour, set against the cobalt blue skies of McLaren Vale, means the garden looks beautiful all year around, perfectly framing those 360 degree views.

Cheerful salmon colours of flowering gums, sedums and bougainvilleas, roses, grevilleas, cannas and the red of berries, contrast with the blues of Duranta repens, solanums, iochromas, Hibiscus syriacus, salvias and succulents.

The garden is a maze of exciting smaller, almost secret, gardens all linked by paths and offering a variety of seats, arches, pillars, walls, a wisteria arbor and hedges. There are plenty of unique spots with magnificent views, creating the perfect setting for a long table lunch, wedding or somewhere to take in the views during one of our private dining experiences.

And the name?

While there are plenty of spaces to sit back and enjoy a glass of the Tipsy Hill Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon at Tipsy Hill, the name of the garden has little to do with the effects of alcohol.

The property takes its name from a 6th century Chinese tea rose planted in the gardens – Rosa Tipsy Imperial Concubine. The rose – named after one of the Four Beauties of Ancient China, Yang Guifei – was so named because the pale pink blooms and alluring fragrance of the rose are said to have made her feel light-headed or tipsy.

Since acquiring the property in 2016 and as part of our commitment to sustainability, we have been transitioning the garden to an increasing number of native Australian, drought-tolerant plants to reduce water consumption on the property. Like any garden it remains a work in progress.

We are also excited to finally be opening the Tipsy Hill garden again to the public as part of Open Gardens SA in March 2021.

You can explore the gardens as part of our Private Dining Experiences.

The gardens also provide a perfect backdrop for small weddings of up to 30 people.

Many of our Wine Club events are held in the gardens at Tipsy Hill.

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