You’ve seen the ads… Yes, there’s so much on offer right here in South Australia. Deciding to capitalise on this very proposition over the Christmas/ New Year break, my husband and I last week headed for our regular haunt: the Barossa Valley.
We’ve been many times before because it’s a stone’s throw from Adelaide, and a mecca for quality food and wine, but it honestly never disappoints.
It’s probably been 12 months since I last visited, and I have to admit I was impressed. With new cellar doors, cute boutiques and trendy cafes lining the main street of Tanunda, and so many great dining options, we really are spoilt for choice.
So, of course, this is contentious, but here’s five of the best spots to check out (in my humble opinion, of course! I’d never claim to know half as much as the locals!)
The Award Winner
If it’s award-winning food and wine that you’re after in an idyllic setting, look no further than Hentley Farm. The 2015 Winery of the Year and 2016 South Australian Restaurant of the Year* continues to live up to the hype, offering premium quality single-estate and single-block wines and an inventive, contemporary dining experience.
A Homewares Hotspot
While it was founded in Balhannah, Living by Design’s Tanunda store is a light-filled hub for beautiful homewares, fashion and gifts. Featuring a neutral colour palette throughout, here you’ll find modern furniture and trinkets made from polished concrete, marble, copper and wood, next to textural linen, wool and woven pieces, sourced both here in Australia and in far-flung locations around the globe.
You, Me & A Bottle of Wine..
There is no better place to sit and take in a quintessentially Barossan view than Harvest Kitchen at Artisans of Barossa. Enjoy the 'feed me menu' and let the chefs do the thinking for you, as you wile away the hours in the company of good food, quality wine and vineyard views.
The Annual Pilgrimage Spot
No trip to the Barossa is complete without a visit to Rockfords iconic cellar door. Set in an 1850s stone settler’s cottage on five acres of land in Krondorf, Rockford retains traditional Australian winemaking techniques - and their wines enjoy rave reviews. My husband's top picks are the Basket Press Shiraz and the Sparkling Shiraz.
The Quirky Cool Cellar Door
Yelland & Papps is home to two young winemakers - Susan Yelland and Michael Papps - who know their wine. Sit in their ramshackle kitchen or out on the patio adjacent to their family home and enjoy a glass of wine and a cheese platter in a quirky and relaxed setting.
I'd love your thoughts... What are your favourite Barossa haunts?
* 2016 Winner of The Advertiser Food Awards
Image credits: Banner image: Kellermeister cellar door via Visit South Australia site; Hentley Farm, Artisans of Barossa, Yelland & Papps