13 Aug 2020

FEAST YOUR WAY THROUGH THE CULINARY HEART OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA ALONG THE EPICUREAN WAY ROAD TRIP.

Grab your picnic basket and esky and journey through the iconic wine regions of McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Barossa and Clare Valley. Let your taste buds lead the way along the Epicurean Way road trip as you sip and dine your way through South Australia’s best wineries, restaurants and artisan produce. Download the Epicurean Way road trip map and take yourself on a deliciously decadent drive. Here’s our guide to the best things to see, do and most importantly taste along the way.

 

1. Willunga Farmers Markets, Fleurieu Peninsula

Kick off your culinary crusade through South Australia at the Willunga Farmers Markets, an institution for local Fleurieu Peninsula foodies offering the region’s best produce. Buy direct from local farmers and artisan producers and sample a smorgasbord of seasonal fruits, vegetables, pastries, olive oils and small goods. Pack a picnic basket and stock up on fresh bread, local cheese, almonds grown in the groves just down the road, honey from bees that have feasted on the very same almond blossom, and beer and cider brewed just minutes away.

2. d’Arenberg Wine, McLaren Vale

d'Arenberg Cube, McLaren Vale
d'Arenberg Cube, McLaren Vale

Next stop? Happy hour in a giant Rubik's Cube! Imagine Willy Wonka was a wine, not chocolate lover, and we reckon the result would be something very similar to the d’Arenberg Cube. Seemingly floating above the vineyards, this otherworldly cellar door offers is one of the most iconic and unique wine tasting destinations in Australia. Set among the rolling hills of McLaren Vale on the largest biodynamic winery in Australia, the Cube features a tasting room with 360-degree views over five levels, several bars, a casual dining restaurant, a museum and art gallery. Spend an afternoon sampling a selection of d’Arenberg’s best drops or blend and bottle your very own wine during a blending bench masterclass. A fine dining experience also awaits on site at d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant.

3. Currant Shed, McLaren Vale

Currant Shed
Currant Shed

Hungry? It’s lunchtime and a feast of local, seasonal produce awaits at the Currant Shed. Set between a delightful lime grove and beautiful vineyards, The Currant Shed was once a part of a homestead where early McLaren Vale residents made their living from mixed farming enterprises. Today, the fine dining restaurant blends inherent charm, stunning views and one of McLaren Vale's finest menus, all under the guidance of owners Hamish Maguire and Emily Dowie.

4. Maxwell Wines, McLaren Vale

Maxwell Wine, McLaren Vale
Maxwell Wine, McLaren Vale

Just down the road, more incredible food and wine awaits. Surrounded by picturesque vineyards that date back to 1893, Maxwell Wines is an idyllic location for an unforgettable food and wine experience in the heart of McLaren Vale. Set in a stunning Limestone building, enjoy a (second!) lunch at one of the best regional dining experiences in Australia. Sample from an impressive line-up of locally sourced seasonal produce, pick fresh herbs and vegies from their garden or put together a cheese board from the cellar door and relax with a picnic down near the vines.

Stay a night or two among the vineyard’s at one of McLaren Vale’s best winery accommodation options including the Vineyard Retreat, Hotel California Road @ Inkwell Wines or Shadow Creek.

5. The Lane Vineyard, Adelaide Hills

The Lane Vineyard, Adelaide Hills
The Lane Vineyard, Adelaide Hills

Next, set your coordinates for the fairy-tale villages, world class wineries and award-winning regional restaurants of the Adelaide Hills. Pull up at The Lane Vineyard restaurant and cellar door, where the only thing that rivals the food and wine is the view. Feast on a 7-course chef’s menu, paired with some of The Lane’s signature wines. Here, the menu features seasonal ingredients grown either on the estate or by local farmers, growers and suppliers – with all ingredients traceable and ethically produced. Consider yourself a wine snob? Go behind the scenes of The Lane’s state of the art winery for a crash course in winemaking with head wine maker Turon White. Create your own master blend, bottle it and take it home to savour later.

6. Beerenberg Farm, Adelaide Hills

Beerenberg Farm, Adelaide Hills
Beerenberg Farm, Adelaide Hills

Nothing compares to the taste of fruit plucked straight from the field, and some of South Australia’s best produce awaits in orchards across the Adelaide Hills. Nestled just outside the tourist hot spot of Hahndorf, picking your own strawberries at Beerenberg Farm is a rite of passage during any trip to the Adelaide Hills, plus you can sample their famous jams, sauces and condiments direct from the farm shop. You’ll also find seasonal a pick-your-own cherry, apple, pear and fig orchards tucked all over the hills so take the pick of the crop with our guide to the best places to pick your own fruit in South Australia and make a few detours on the Epicurean Way road trip, all in the name of food of course.

7. Woodside Cheese Wrights, Adelaide Hills

Woodside Cheese Wrights, Adelaide Hills
Woodside Cheese Wrights, Adelaide Hills

The perfect accompaniment to your freshly picked fruit? Award-winning artisan cheese crafted with milk straight from the Adelaide Hills. From gooey to crumbly, creamy and sharp, Woodside Cheese Wrights create seasonal cheeses using locally sourced goat, cow and buffalo milk. Tastings are a must (calcium is important after all, right?) and you can even try your hand at the art of cheese making during a masterclass.

If you’re in need of a sweet treat afterwards, head next door and stock up on locally made chocolates at the Willy Wonka-worthy Melbas Chocolate Factory in Woodside.

8. Applewood Distillery and Unico Zelo Wines

Applewood Distillery and Unico Zelo, Adelaide Hills
Applewood Distillery and Unico Zelo, Adelaide Hills

It’s been a while between drinks and with any luck, you’re not on designated driver duties for this road trip because more boozy goodness awaits at Applewood Distillery and Unico Zelo Wines. Hidden among the Northern Adelaide Hills in an old 1920s coldstore in Gumeracha, wine, gin and cocktails await. Enter a labyrinth of distilling rooms and watch how the cellar door’s incredible range of wines and gin are made. When you’re done, chill out in the super-stylish bar and tasting area, sipping Applewood cocktails, Unico Zelo wines, wine and spirit flights, and of course, bar nibbles.

Take your time tasting your way through all of the foodie offering of the Adelaide Hills and cosy up nestled in nature at one of the best places to stay in the Adelaide Hills including Mount Lofty House, Pavilions at Lenswood or Ode to Orchard.

9. Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop and The Farm Eatery, Barossa

Maggie Beer's Farm Shop, Barossa
Maggie Beer's Farm Shop, Barossa

Still hungry and thirsty? Perfect, because the next stop is one of the world’s best wine regions, the Barossa. No visit to the Barossa is complete without stopping in at Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop, and with a new restaurant on site it’s an unmissable stop on the Epicurean Way road trip. Take a seat at the table of South Australian culinary royalty for a long lunch featuring the Barossa’s best produce. Pioneered by daughter Elli Beer, The Farm Eatery is a modern casual restaurant, showcasing the Beer family’s quintessential South Australian cooking style. Want to learn to recreate the incredible dishes for yourself? Book in for a cooking class with head chef Tim and learn to make the farm’s signature dishes or choose from classes specialising in handmade cheese, artisan bread, pasta, pickles and preserves, and even plant-based cooking.

10. Seppeltsfield, Barossa

Seppeltsfield, Barossa
Seppeltsfield, Barossa

Speaking of Barossa legends, next stop is iconic winery, Seppeltsfield. Arguably the Barossa’s most iconic winery, spend the afternoon sipping wine as old (or young) as you. Founded in 1851, today the historic bluestone cellars of Seppeltsfield produce a plethora of award-winning wines which stand tall among the world’s best, including the sublime 100-year-old Para Vintage Tawny. For an extra special experience, drink in the history of Seppeltsfield and descend into stone cellars dating back to 1878 to taste your own birth-year Tawny directly from the barrel, guided by a Seppeltsfield wine educator in the beautiful Centennial Cellar. If you’ve worked up an appetite sipping your way around Seppeltsfield, take a seat at the home of progressive regional dining: Fino Seppeltsfield. Located in the heart of Seppeltsfield Estate, it shares the original 1900s bottling hall with Seppeltsfield’s cellar door and serves contemporary regionally sourced cuisine. Be sure to stop by Seppeltsfield Rd Distillers afterwards for a gin flight.

11. Barossa Farmers Market, Barossa

Barossa Farmers Market, Barossa
Barossa Farmers Market, Barossa

For good measure, stock up on more gourmet goodies for the road at the Barossa Farmers Market. One of the best spots to experience the Barossa’s unique culture and food offerings, this buzzing Saturday hotspot is where to find the region’s best produce. The ultimate foodie experience, meet the producers behind the food, hear their stories, taste the incredible local produce and stock up on local fruit, vegetables, cheeses, breads and more.

You could easily spend a week sampling your way through the Barossa’s incredible food and wine offering, so linger a little longer before hitting the road and stay among the vineyards at one of the best winery accommodations including Cambourne, The Louise and Villa Maria.

12. Sevenhill Cellars, Clare Valley

Sevenhill Cellars, Barossa
Sevenhill Cellars, Barossa

Continue on the Epicurean Way to Clare Valley, where a legendary glass of Riesling awaits. You'll find more than 50 cellar doors between the towns of Auburn and Clare. The region’s signature wine, Riesling, is among the world’s best. The Clare Valley is home to some of the oldest wineries and cellar doors in the state; the oldest being Sevenhill Cellars which was established in 1851 by Jesuits priests. They planted the first grape vines in order to make sacramental wine, and now the historic site offers one of the most unique cellar door experiences. Stop by for a wine tasting then tour the historic underground cellars and crypt.

13. Pikes Wines, Clare Valley

Pikes Wines, Clare Valley
Pikes Wines, Clare Valley

Just down the road in Sevenhill, Pikes Wines' Riesling, Shiraz and Cabernet varietals are not to be missed. Tucked on 100 hectares of rolling vineyards, the estate is home to more than 20 different grape varieties and produce an impressive array of wine styles. Pull up a seat in the tasting room for a free tasting of five of Pikes’ signature wines. Ready to move onto beer? Pikes Beer Company, brewed on site, has you covered. Afterwards, settle in for lunch at the adjoining Slate Restaurant. The menu showcases the best produce from around the Clare Valley and is constantly evolving depending on what is seasonal and abundant.

Stay a little while longer and cosy up at Trestrail Cottage, Bukirk Glamping or Bed in a Shed.

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