The South Australian capital of Adelaide is known for its love of AFL football, beaches, a variety of great accommodation and laid back lifestyle. Adelaide is also the gateway to some of Australia’s best known wine regions in the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale.
Within an easy 90 minute drive from Adelaide, you can be tasting some of the best wines in Australia, strolling among the vines and eating the local produce. A winter getaway to Adelaide and the winemaking regions is just right with the winter temperatures averaging around 16 degrees. You will get sunny days with cool mornings and evenings.
Let’s have a look at the Barossa Valley.
The Barossa features a huge amount of wineries and cellar doors. Last count there were well over 80 available for you to visit. The high quality of the soil and grapes lends itself to producing Australia’s best Shiraz and Cabernet. The rich full bodied grapes continue to deliver year after year and as we all know wine is best sampled with quality food!
You don’t have to worry about that either, the Barossa has this covered as well. A 10 kilometre-long road is home to some of the Barossa’s most famous places to eat. Seppeltsfield Road is just waiting to pair some great local produce with amazing wines to equal an unforgettable food and wine experience
Most booked hotel in Barossa Valley is Barossa Weintal Hotel Complex. Barossa Wiental is located in the heart of the Barossa at Tanunda. The Weintal hotel offers a variety of room for all travelers including standard, family, spa and superior accommodation. The Hotel offers free Wi-Fi and 24 hour reception. What we like is it has a laundry room with washing machines and clothes dryers.
Let’s have a look at a few places to eat and drink in the Barossa Valley
Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop – Maggie Beer is a well-known Australian author and cook. At Maggie’s farm shop you can sample and buy a full range of her products. Her husband Colin will help select wines to compliment these products from their full range of wines.
St Hugo – How does a 4-course meal with matching wines sound to you? Starting with a personally guided tour of the vineyard and restaurant where you will have a meet and greet with the chef and a wine expert. The chef and the wine expert will chat about your order and recommend wines and food that match your taste.
Rockford Wines – A love of wine and winemaking keeps Rockford very busy. The Cellar door features a nice paved courtyard surrounded by an old Federation brick building dating back over a century. What better setting to try some of wines on offer than this gorgeous venue.
Hands Wines – Two Hands Wines was founded in 1999. It started with a bold plan to make the best possible Shiraz-based wines from prized growing regions throughout Australia. At Two Hands Wines, you can participate in a relaxed but structured wine tasting. The staff will take you through the wines and inform you of their origin and tastes.
The Barossa Valley has accommodation for singles, couples and families. You will find everything from caravans and tourist parks to hotels apartments and even the grandest Homestead. You can find some of the most popular hotels in the Barossa Valley right here.
Located well under an hour away from Adelaide is McLaren Vale. McLaren Vale’s warm climate helps produce some world famous Shiraz, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. McLaren Vale does not just rely on the well-known variety but also produces wines made from grapes such as Tempranillo, Viognier, Marsanne, Rousanne, Barbera and Sangiovese.
Let’s have a look at some places to eat and drink in McLaren Vale
Hardys Tintara Cellar Door – Hardy’s have been making wine in Mclaren Vale since the 1870’s. Taste the care that is put into Hardy’s wines as they still use time honored techniques that have always worked. You can select your own wines or join in on a structured tasting session to get the best out of this winery.Wirra Warra Vineyards – This winery gets its name from a Koori word meaning among the gum trees.
Recently refurbished, Wirra Wirra offers you free tasting from its range at its recently refurbished cellar door. The refurb included the recently launched Harry’s Deli which showcases the best products from the region.
Stump Hill Cafe – The cafe and cellar door are open 7 days a week. The cafe offers some amazing food based on what is seasonally available to provide the best flavours and tastes in every meal. Make sure you try the coffee. The cafe roasts its own beans and has a reputation as makers of the best coffee in McLaren Vale.
Bracegirdles at 190 – Hands up who has a sweet tooth for chocolate? This establishment in Mclaren Vale is set in a Colonial era house and they definitely will have something for you. This place prides itself on inter twining chocolate, coffee and wine. Apparently one of the most unique and popular dishes is the fillet steak with chocolate shiraz jus. Yum!
Food and wine escapes to Adelaide are great at any time of the year. The mild climate makes winter an ideal time for an escape to the wine regions of South Australia. Think of enjoying a glass of the finest beside a roaring fire on a wintery evening or enjoying a platter of local produce and a glass of beautiful wine. Mix this with some great hotel accommodation in McLaren Vale and you have the ultimate indulgent winter getaway.
How to get to Adelaide
Adelaide Airport is Located adjacent to West Beach, it is approximately 6 km (3.7 mi) west of the city centre. Adelaide airport handled over 8 million arrivals and departures in 2017. Adelaide is serviced by a number of major international and domestic airlines. Most popular airlines include Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Tiger. Don’t forget to book your hire car at the airport for your winter escape to the Vineyards of South Australia.
Direct trains from Melbourne and Perth can take you to Adelaide as well. The train from Melbourne will take around 12 hours. The Train from Perth will take you well over 24 hours.
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