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A Weekend Escape In And Around The Barossa

Because you should wine, dine and indulge yourself.

Home to over 150 wineries, the Barossa Valley is one of Australia’s greatest (and oldest) wine growing regions. Renowned for producing some of the country’s most celebrated reds, there’s much more to this South Australian wine capital than a cracking shiraz -- you’ll discover a seriously tempting food scene here too.

With a burgeoning paddock-to-plate food focus that’s gaining recognition both here in Australia and abroad, visiting foodies will be kept busy (and satisfyingly full).  A weekend eating and drinking your way around the Barossa and beyond, is well, a weekend well spent.

Here’s how to wine and dine your way around the region.

DAY ONE

MORNING

To totally immerse yourself in Barossa’s foodie culture, check in to Maggie Beer’s restored boutique two-bedroom Orchard House.

Orchard House is set in some spectacular scenery.

Surrounded by fruit orchards -- which the Australian culinary queen personally uses for her ciders and dried fruits -- the accommodation comes kitted out with a state-of-the art kitchen, purpose built barbecue, and herb garden where visiting gourmands can load up on supplies to create their very own dishes. For those less talented in the kitchen, there’s plenty of delicious eats available from Maggie’s famed Farm Shop nearby.

Grab some of Maggie's amazing food, including her famous verjuice.

AFTERNOON

While in the area take a stroll around Nuriootpa, located at the northern end of the valley. Here, quaint food stores, cafes and quirky boutiques offer plenty for visitors to while away the day. And for wine lovers this small town is one of the best places to sample the region’s most famous wineries including Penfolds and Wolf Blass.

Elderton wines are worth tasting.

There are more wineries that you can possibly explore in one visit, but make sure you stop by Elderton Wines  where you can sample a vino and indulge your sweet tooth at the same time with their chocolate and wine pairing experiences. Committed to preserving traditional winemaking, Rockford Wines  still use pioneering equipment to create their varieties, all made from grapes from some of the oldest Barossa vineyards.

EVENING

Chefs and restaurateurs in this region are spearheading the shift towards serving up fresh, seasonal produce. Experience this first-hand at Hentley Farm. Set on 150 acres, the working winery and farm converted their 1880s stables into a contemporary dining venue, which has since nabbed a string of accolades, including the best regional restaurant award four years running. Set menus are created based on the farm’s fresh daily harvest, and each course is matched with tasty home-grown wines.

Have something delicious -- and fresh --  at Hentley Farm.

DAY TWO

MORNING

Rise early and head to the Barossa’s weekly Farmers Market. Held every Saturday in Angaston, this community staple sees local producers converge to sell their gourmet goodies. A popular spot is its Breakfast Bar. Swing by and pick up a tasty brekky and morning coffee courtesy of a local roaster while perusing the market’s tasty offerings.

After stocking up at the market, hit the road to take in part of the Epicurean Way. A unique trail that links together the culinary highlights of the four iconic wine regions of McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Barossa and Clare Valley, this iconic road trip can be savoured over four days to take in the local produce, wines and spectacular scenery. There’s a free downloadable guide from the South Australia website.

AFTERNOON

The historic Seppeltsfield establishment in the Barossa hosts arguably the best place for a long lunch, the fresh and feel-good FINO Restaurant. FINO's food philosophy places the ultimate importance on fresh authentic produce with a deep connection to the Barossa region, its culture and people. After lunch, stroll through the estate and its picturesque gardens surrounded by vines.

Try the food at FINO.

EVENING

You’ve likely been tasting wine for the best part of the weekend, so for something a bit different head to the nearby FermentAsian on Tanunda’s main street.

FermentAsian is a treat for the senses.

Here, Vietnamese-born chef, Tuoi Do -- a former South Australian chef of the year winner -- creates dishes honouring her Northern Vietnamese roots using local produce, the bulk of which is grown on her family’s farm – the perfect way to wrap up a seriously memorable weekend.

For more information head to southaustralia.com

Featured Image: Seppeltsfield