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 between two of our most famous valleys.
NURIOOPTPA (Barossa Valley) to Clare Valley
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, that 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.
Set against the backdrop of the stunning hills of Watervale, browse their extensive wine list that highlights the variety of grapes grown throughout the Clare Valley region. The tasting plate menu draws on the sharing style of street food, using local, fresh and seasonal produce with an added flair.
Just down the road in Sevenhill, Pikes Wines' riesling, shiraz and cabernet varietals are not to be missed. Tucked away on 100 hectares of rolling vineyards, the estate is home to more than 20 different grape varieties that 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 on to 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.
The historic town of Mintaro's crowning glory is the Martindale Hall. A short 20 minute drive from Clare, the hall is one of the prettiest country mansions in Australia, presenting as a miniature version of Britain’s Chatsworth House.