An Ultimate Food and Wine Lover's Long Weekend

  • Author Nikki Bruce for Inspiring Journeys
  • Date 20 Dec 2019

Get your travel wine glass at the ready as it will be full up on this trip. Who doesn’t enjoy visiting award winning vineyards, indulging on helpings of cheese and four-course roaming dinners?

We invite you to embark on journey full of local flavours, showcasing the best of the Barossa, Adelaide Hills and McLaren wine regions. This culinary discovery will connect you to the makers, growers and passionate owners of South Australia’s food scene.

Here’s five reasons why you should be taking a long weekend in March on this decadent trip. 

1. Vines harvested in sync with the moon

Gemtree Wines

Image courtesy of Gemtree Winery

In McLaren Vale, down a narrow gum-lined track next to some endearing alpacas, you’ll find the beautiful Gemtree vineyard. Looking out from their eco-friendly tasting room at the organic vines, you can tell straight away why this place is so special.

These passionate winemakers believe harvesting with care, respecting and nurturing the land. Their unique, organic and biodynamic wine-making process is built around enhancing the quality of the grapes. The grapes are planted, grafted and harvested according to the phases of the moon.

2. Cook like Maggie Beer

Maggie Beer Farm Shop

Image courtesy of Maggie Beer Farm Shop

Maggie Beer's cooking is iconic and so versatile; Verjuice and Vino Cotto? Yum! Enjoy a private cooking demonstration led by one of the experts at the Farm Shop, showing you just how to add some of Maggie Beer’s famous flair to your own cooking, in the very studio where Maggie and Simon filmed the Cook and the Chef.

3. What about some award award-winning dining?

FINO at Seppeltsfield

Image courtesy of FINO at Seppeltsfield

Dine in the award-winning FINO at Seppeltsfield, connecting you to the region through seasonal plates, showcasing local sustainable producers. This restaurant will not disappoint, set in the heart of the Barossa you’ll enjoy contemporary long-table style dining with helpings of Seppeltsfield wine.

4. Be immersed in the complexities of wine making

Image courtesy of d’Arenberg

Image courtesy of d’Arenberg

A true highlight of your journey will be the d'Arenberg Cube, inspired by the complexities and puzzles of winemaking, all five levels have been carefully designed to entice and excite the senses. You’ll have lunch at the award-winning dÁrry’s Verandah restaurant, with spectacular views of rolling hills and vineyards.

5. Travel in style before exploring Adelaide's food scene

Image courtesy of ecocaddy

Image courtesy of ecocaddy

There’s no better way to see the iconic sights of Adelaide - explore the best of the city on a zero-emission caddy, conveniently dropping you off for a food exploration at Adelaide’s Central Markets. Expert host Cheryl is the best in the business, who’ll introduce you to the passionate stall owners, walking and tasting your way through the market sampling signature dishes on a four-hour roaming dinner.

Your culinary journey awaits! With everything taken care of, simply unwind on an effortless journey perfectly complementing Australia’s biggest food and wine festival. Do all this and more on the five day Flavours of South Australia Inspiring Journey, departing 27 March 2020.