29 Jun 2015

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

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. In Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills, work out if wine and chocolate really do go together in Hahndorf Hill Winery’s ChocoVino tasting room.

In the Barossa, a visit to Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop is a 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.

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 five day-long itineraries along their Farm Gate and Cellar Door Trail and has a gastronomic journey fit for a culinary king.

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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