Southern Rock Lobster pulled straight from the ocean, spicy Barossa Shiraz, a picnic basket filled with Adelaide Hills cheeses and the lime flavours of a Clare Valley Riesling.
With more than 80 cellar doors and 150 wineries, the Barossa Valley is one of Australia’s oldest – and the world’s finest – wine producing regions. From boutique and quirky vineyards, to internationally celebrated wines like Penfolds, the Barossa Valley is also renowned for its fresh seasonal produce, artisan food producers and award-winning restaurants.
- Just one hour’s drive from Adelaide, popular day trip or easy self-drive
- Explore by bicycle, vintage car, helicopter or hot air balloon
- Luxury boutique hotel, The Louise in the Barossa Valley, follows a paddock to plate philosophy in its fine dining restaurant Appellation, 85% of the menu ingredients comes from within the Barossa Valley and South Australia
- Seppeltsfield Vineyard remains the only winery in the world to release a 100 year-old single vintage wine each year
- Undertake a cooking class at the award winning Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre
Kangaroo Island – Food Safari
Kangaroo Island’s luxurious Southern Ocean Lodge showcases a range of local ingredients on their menu, including honey, freshwater crayfish, King George whiting and lamb. Meals are accompanied by local wines from the island itself, and from mainland South Australia.
Each August the Lodge offers a six-night Kangaroo Island Food Safari package. The Lodge’s Executive Chef and other renowned Australian chefs take guests on a journey that includes farm visits, hosted wine tastings and cooking master classes that emphasise the island’s unique produce.
- Australia’s premier destination for nature and wildlife including kangaroos, koalas, sea lions and little penguins
- Located a 30-minute flight from Adelaide to Kingscote, or a 90-minute drive from Adelaide to Cape Jervis followed by a 50-minute ferry crossing to Penneshaw
- Southern Ocean Lodge is a 50-minute drive from Kingscote airport or 90 minutes from the ferry terminal
Clare Valley Riesling Trail
The Clare Valley two hours from Adelaide, is famous for its Riesling trail, a 35-kilometre (20-mile) walking and cycling track, following an old railway line looping through valley’s, farmland, villages and vineyards.
- Considered the Riesling capital of Australia
- The Clare Valley Riesling Trail can be cycled in approximately two and a
half hours, however with quaint little villages, historic buildings, cellar doors, restaurants, galleries, art classes and most importantly world famous wines, at least a full day should be allowed to appreciate this trail
- Bikes can be hired locally and a range of romantic bed and breakfasts are available
- Seven Hill cellars is the oldest winery in the Clare Valley and the only winery in Australia run by a religious order. Explore the nearby St Aloysius church and crypt as well as the extraordinary wine cellar
Itinerary Tip: Stop off at the Clare Valley en-route to the Flinders Ranges
Flinders Ranges – Feral Food
The Flinders Ranges is an ancient landscape and the doorway to the great Australian outback. With great expanses as far as the eye can see, dramatic gorges and a giant natural amphitheatre, the Flinders Ranges is like nowhere else. With such a unique landscape, there needs to be unique food. This is where the iconic Prairie Hotel comes in. Situated in Parachilna, five and a half hour’s drive from Adelaide, the Prairie Hotel serves up delicious ‘feral food’ including kangaroo, camel and emu. An outback experience not to be forgotten!
More Food and Wine Experiences
- At d’Arenberg winery in the McLaren Vale wine region, visitors can become a wine maker for the day and blend their own wine complete with personalised wine label
- The Eyre Peninsula on South Australia’s west coast, is not only a region of spectacular rugged beauty it is also rich in succulent seafood. Dig up cockles from the sand, pluck oysters from the ocean or cast a rod from the beach with a local food safari tour
- Situated on the edge of Adelaide’s stunning Botanic Gardens, the award-winning National Wine Centre, showcases the depth and breadth of Australia’s wine industry. The new tasting room offers 120 of the finest wines, from Penfolds famous Grange to boutique wines
- Take a helicopter over the Mt Lofty Ranges home to The Lane Vineyard
- Adelaide’s Central Market is the biggest undercover fresh produce market in the Southern Hemisphere. The markets are open from Tuesday to Saturday and guided tours are available
Food & Wine Festival and Events Calendar
Tasting Australia – Adelaide
An eight-day moving feast of South Australia’s best produce, attracting some of the world’s best chefs, restaurateurs, winemakers and brewers. Events are held across Adelaide and regional South Australia.
Sea and Vines Festival, McLaren Vale
This four day food and wine bonanza delivers a programme packed with fine dining, local produce, craft beer, art and music set against the backdrop of the spectacular coastline of the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations
One of Australia’s most recognised wine regions, showcases its flagship variety with the Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations. Visit the big names and discover smaller producers on this weekend of special cellar door events