While being seemingly removed from the hustle and bustle of the world, Sequoia sits on the side of Mount Lofty, high above the Piccadilly Valley in the Adelaide Hills, a region currently being considered for UNESCO World Heritage status. The area’s significance centres on its working agricultural (food and wine) landscapes, historic settlements, abundant wildlife, pure environment, continuing culture and practice.
Nowhere else in the world are there four world-class wine regions found within a 50-kilometre radius. These range from the cool climate Adelaide Hills to the maritime McLaren Vale to the historic agricultural area of Langhorn Creek and the high-altitude Eden Valley. The region is not only home to the largest surviving koala population, but it is also one with extensive Indigenous history. It is no wonder South Australians have kept the Adelaide Hills a secret for so long!
Mount Lofty temperatures are generally five to seven degrees cooler than the Adelaide Plains, some 700 metres lower in altitude. In the past, this area was highly sought after by Adelaide’s elite as a place to build their summer holiday homes. Today, Summer continues to be much cooler than anywhere else in South Australia. During Winter months, the Piccadilly Valley experiences more rainfall than Tasmania, with roaring fires creating a cosy retreat to hide away. Autumn is one of the most beautiful times to visit, with an array of colours, perfect for a picturesque stroll through the neighbouring botanic gardens. In spring, the hills come alive with new beginnings of native flora.
Within 20 minutes of Sequoia are the homes of many South Australian icons including Jurlique, Penfolds Magill Estate (the home of Grange), and a little further afield is R.M. Williams. There are also more than 200 cellar doors with whom we have arranged intimate behind-the- scenes experiences, curated exclusively for our guests.