In the ‘80s the Adelaide Hills was home to dining institution The Uraidla Aristologist, an innovative restaurant inspired by the traditions of French and Italian cooking and then-radical notions of seasonal, local produce.

These philosophies were revived in 2016 by two Basket Range winemakers and a familiar face on Adelaide’s food scene: Anton van Klopper (Lucy Margaux), Jasper Button (Commune of Buttons) and Aaron Fenwick (ex-Orana, who opened The Summertown Aristologist as a restaurant and wine bar with a community focus.

The brief has matured since then but the recipe remains simple: natural wines, humble food and good company. The evolving menu is made up of hyperlocal grazing plates made with ingredients that are either self-grown or sourced from ethical producers. Starters of smallgoods and sourdough (plus the butter) are all made in-house.

The crockery and glassware are handmade, too. Look up for the light shades, which were crafted by glass artist Mandi King from repurposed demijohns.

In 2020 the team opened a cellar door next door, so you can sample the wine before taking it home with you.

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Updated: September 6th, 2023

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