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South Australia's foodie road trips: a culinary adventure

What better way to explore the state than on a culinary adventure? Follow your nose to mouth-watering destinations on these touring routes.

BY KATRINA LOBLEY


Cheese or chocolate; wine or beer; seafood or honey ice-cream. Whatever your taste buds desire, you'll find it at a cellar door, tasting room, restaurant, shop front, cooking school or farm gate. 


Epicurean Way
Explore four of Australia’s best wine regions over four days. The Epicurean Way showcases the best of McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, the Barossa and the Clare Valley

Start in McLaren Vale, a 45-minute drive south of Adelaide, where you can play winemaker at d’Arenberg Winery’s Blending Bench. Swing along the McMurtrie Mile, home to wineries, a beer garden and art gallery, before grazing your way along McLaren Vale’s main street. Settle for the night in the Adelaide Hills.

In Hahndorf – Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement – work out if wine and chocolate really do go together in Hahndorf Hill Winery’s ChocoVino tasting room. If you prefer a more traditional match, sniff out new favourite cheeses at Udder Delights or at Woodside Cheese Wrights further north. 

Park yourself on The Lane Vineyard’s deck for lunch with a panoramic view. Beer aficionados can sample some of the dozen brews on tap at the Lobethal Bierhaus, which also serves hearty fare such as saltbush lamb kofta and pork sauerbraten. Spend the night in the Barossa where luxury awaits at The Louise and at Kingsford Homestead (don’t miss a soak in its remote outdoor bathtub). 

At Angaston, learn the finer points of Italian cooking before devouring your handiwork. Matteo and Fiona Carboni moved to the Barossa from northern Italy to set up their Casa Carboni cooking school in 2012. 

Head to Penfolds’ Barossa estate. Test your winemaking skills and bottle your own blend. Visiting Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop is another Barossa must-do. Pick up a picnic basket to devour at an outside table: treats include duck, vino cotto and star anise paté with wood-fired bread. 

Finally, zoom up the highway to sample Clare’s world-famous Rieslings. Knappstein makes both Riesling and beer, while Sevenhill Cellars is Australia’s only remaining Jesuit-owned winery. 

"Four of Australia’s best wine regions in four days  McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Barossa and Clare Valley". 


Maggie Beer Farm Shop, Barossa

Lunch at the Maggie Beer's Farm Shop in Nuriootpa is a must-do while visiting the Barossa. 

Seafood Frontier
Extend your foodie adventure for another week with an ocean safari courtesy of the Seafood Frontier. From Clare, continue to Ardrossan, near the apex of the Gulf St Vincent. Net a blue swimmer crab from the jetty or rake the shallows either side of town. 

Stansbury, further south, sells fresh oysters from off-shore leases. Keen anglers can head out with one of the deep-sea fishing operators based in Marion Bay. depending on the season, your catch could include tuna, snapper and kingfish.

Head up and around Spencer Gulf to reach Port Lincoln, where you can frolic with sea lions. From there, you can go to Streaky Bay and Ceduna before heading back to Adelaide via Port Augusta.

Kangaroo Island Farm Gate and Cellar Door Trail
It might look compact on a map but Kangaroo Island is big enough to boast three day-long itineraries along their Farm Gate and Cellar Door Trail. 

Covering Dudley Peninsula and American River, central and south coast, and Kingscote and surrounds, these trails will see you sip wine and cider, slurp oysters straight from the shell, nibble on sheep cheese and savour honey ice-cream. 

Take your pick – from a five hour trip, six hours or the 10-hour epic trail.
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