We had so far explored the Margaret River Region in Western Australia twice and Yarra Valley, Victoria. Being a great fan of the full bodied Barossa Shiraz, we decided to head for South Australia during the June school holiday this year. Joining us this time were CJ, Jazz and their two kids.
Within Adelaide City, we immersed ourselves in the culture of Adelaide's North Terrace, with its museums and city cafes. Other highlights include shopping at Rundle Mall, sampling the tastes on offer at the famed Adelaide Central Market, and sip award-winning wines at the National Wine Centre, which is located within the Adelaide Botanic Garden.
Harndorf is the oldest German community in Australia. It is now a a tourist attraction with old buildings reflecting the early architecture of the community. You will like the quiet, serene atmosphere of this place. Enjoy walking along the interesting shops lined along the street.
|South Australian Museum|
|The Art Gallery of South Australia|
|The University of Adelaide|
|National Wine Centre|
|Wine Storage inside the Wine Centre|
|Adelaide City Central Market|
|Quaint Hahndorf German Town|
|One Planet - Cellar Door in Hahndorf|
|Have you seen wine stored in paper packaging like milk?|
Home to big, rich reds, the Barossa is Australia's most famous wine region. Ancient, ancestoral vines yield robust and opulent shiraz and grenache, with great lightening giants ruling the north and north west. Succulent cabernet sauvignon, semillon and chardonnay also thrive along the valley floor and emerging new varieties - tempranillo, vermentino and savagin - are suited to a changing climate.
This was the first cellar door that we visited at Barossa. Charles Melton Wines is known for quality reds, which it has made since 1984. The two families had spinach and pumpkin tarts, lamb pies (real hot and yummy) and cheese platters for lunch and paired with their signature wine - Nine Popes.
|Charles Melton Tasting Room|
|Nice Tart for lunch|
Rockford has a loyal following and a strong word-of-mouth appeal. Established in 1984, it is known for traditional Australian wine styles. It's worth seeking out the rustic cellar door for these iconic Barossa wines. Signature wine - Basket Press Shiraz.
This is a fifth-generation Barossa vigneron. Their iconic Meshach Shiraz is produced from vines nearing 100 years of age. One thing that left a deep impression on me is the interesting swirling design of their Moscato bottles.
This was the last cellar door that we visited on our first day at Barossa. It was family owned and known for hosting small tour groups.
Before tasting, the lady poured the wine through a wine aerator that supposed to draw in and mix the proper amount of air for the right amount of time, allowing the wine to breathe instantly. Very interesting. Found the product website - http://www.vinturi.com/
Can I have this for Christmas? :)