In The Courier this week

WOODSIDE WINE WIN: A focus on constant improvement has helped Bird in Hand’s chief winemaker Kym Milne become Australia’s 2014 Winemaker of the Year. Photo: Sam Oster.

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Luxury resort for Hahndorf

An $8m five-star resort planned for Hahndorf could help put the Adelaide Hills on the map for a new wave of luxury-seeking tourists.
To be called the Prominent Hill Resort, it would cater for up to 22 guests at a time in eight high-quality suites with balconies overlooking the vineyard on the Windsor Avenue property.
A private restaurant for up to 50 diners would showcase local food and wine to the visitors and their invited guests.
URPS, the company managing the proposal on behalf of applicant Liu Hong Tao, says the resort would be a “luxury appointed facility located in an authentic viticulture setting in the beautiful Mt Lofty Ranges”. The application has been lodged with the Mt Barker Council for assessment and was released for public comment last week.

Also in this week’s issue

  • HEAT IS ON: The thunderstorms in the past week won’t be enough to replenish Hills soils and overcome CFS predictions of a dangerous fire season that has arrived two months early.
  • MYLOR MILESTONE: A celebration marking the 10th anniversary of the Mylor Citizens Friendship Club and its management of the Mylor Cotton Memorial Hall is being held on November 30.
  • ECHUNGA RELEGATION: Echunga will be demoted to the lower division of the Hills Football League next year after it failed to gain support from other clubs to stave off its relegation.
  • EXAMS OVER: Year 12 students around the Hills were jumping for joy last week after they finished their final exams.
  • BAT THREAT: A small colony of grey-headed flying foxes discovered feeding in a Hills backyard could threaten local fruit growers if numbers expand, according to an ecologist.

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