Barossa Valley: 48-hour guide to food and wine
LUSH vines stretch as far as the eye can see.
Graduating up Tuscany-like rolling hills, the maturing grapes create a stunning patchwork quilt that varies hue as the moody clouds pass above.
The scenery in the Barossa Valley is second only to the cuisine and wine.
But there are just so many options, it can be hard to narrow the field.
Here's a handy guide for 48 hours in one of South Australia's most renowned vino districts:
Ode to a much earlier era, Seppeltsfield claims it helped shape the history of the Australian wine industry. It is most famous for its tawny line Centennial which includes every vintage from 1878 to the current year. But the Gert's Blend sparking white and sparking shiraz are just divine. And if you don't mind a sweet drop, the moscato is delicious too. Apparently one of the regulars drinks it with ice, a dash of soda water and sliced fruit. While this writer's tastebuds cannot personally vouch for the in-house restaurant Fino, the meals looked incredible arriving from kitchen to table. The Seppletsfield region is steeped in history - with hundreds of palm trees lining all the roads in the district telling its own remarkable story from the depression years. The winery also offers cellar experiences, heritage and segway tours, and you can watch artisans at work in the Jam Factory art gallery.
This iconic, brick building was built in 1890 but fell into disrepair until South African John Geber sank some serious dollars into its rebirth. It was worth it. Both the building and wine are triumphs. The Chardonnay and the Shiraz are particular standouts. And the wine tasting comes with a rundown of the best meals, all with a healthy dose of chilli, to pair with each beverage if you score the right host.
Delicious variety of reds and one white named Girl Talk. Each wine has a delightful story of siblings in childhood behind the mildly kitsch names like Bed Hair and Matching Socks. Despite the stunning drops, the prices are refreshingly reasonable.
Being a global giant in the wine arena, it's easy to be sceptical about Jacobs Creek. But don't give it a wide berth, the more pricey end of its range is magnificent. And its new blood orange prosecco spritz is delicious with "ice and a slice". Plus the Our Table restaurant offers up mouth-wateringly delicious in-season meals between noon and 3pm.
It's worth visiting this winery for the pinot noir chadonnary alone. But you'll also find simple but elegant lunch platters if you're hankering for a bite.
Bustling for a spot at a this wine tasting bar feels like a country pub after a footy final. But it could be because Rockford had just released a sparkling shiraz that people were prepared to line up for. It's worth every penny of the exxy price tag. And the inside word is that the drop is perfect for breakfast on Christmas Day.
Tasting host Amanda is the perfect mix of witty and dry, which makes for a fun tasting experience at this well-known cellar door. And she makes the wines taste that much better.
Less wine, more gin. In delicious cocktails. The Barossa Distilling Company has some neat local gin varieties plus the bar is in a cool part of the old Penfolds building.
The mix of flavours in each Ferment dish complement each other so perfectly they explode in a suspended moment of bliss as they pass over the tastebuds. Based on northern Vietnamese cuisine, the owner describes the flavours as simple but the wow factor suggests simple does not do it justice. Try the $70 tasting menu and you won't regret it. But you might struggle to fit in the last few bites. They will kindly match your wines to your meals should you wish.
Keep an eye out for Harvest Kitchen's special food nights - like An Italian Table or A Spanish Affair. But otherwise they have share plates designed to complement the wines of six artisan Barossa wine producers. You can find Harvest Kitchen at the Artisans of the Barossa every day for lunch or for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays.
Snap a photo in Maggie Beer's kitchen, made famous on our TV screens over many years, and you'll make your friends jealous with a subsequent social media post. Even better, indulge in the 2pm daily cooking demonstration. Taste Maggie's range of jams, chutneys, sauces and more in the farm shop. The salted caramel brandy sauce is to die for. But the real jewel in the crown is her new restaurant The Farm Eatery on the same grounds. The menu changes regularly but the ceviche and wood-fired pizzas are worth a crack if you see them on the menu.
No food passed lips in the writing of this Vintners mention but it has rave reviews among the locals as the most underrated restaurant in the Barossa.
Angaston farmer's market
From fudge to sausage to gin, there's samples galore to try at this Saturday farmer's markets. And if you're not full up after all your tastings, drive down the road to the Barossa Valley Cheese Company in Angaston's main drag. - NewsRegional