A couple of sunny weekends ago, we took our Holden Trax down to the Barossa Valley, to indulge in some incredible local produce, sink a few bottles of wine and bask in everything that the region has to offer.
If you're the sort of person that only ventures down to the Barossa for a wine tour with the squad and want to try something different, or are just looking for an aesthetic AF weekend away with your significant other, then you have clicked on the right guide. We want to share with you our favourite spots to get tipsy in the region that keeps on giving, where to rest your weary eyes after a day of indulging, and of course, where to get a good cuppa joe.
Food, glorious food.
Friends, if you're anything like us, then food is the number one priority on a weekend away. Our entire trip revolved around seeking out the next spot to treat our tastebuds, where the wine was just as good. Here are our top picks for all you food-obsessed fiends.
1. Harvest Kitchen
Harvest Kitchen is part of the popular Artisans of Barossa, boasting a communal menu designed to complement the wines of six artisanal wine producers in the region.
We were lucky enough to be there on the same night as their seasonal dinner series 'An Italian Table' - where we enjoyed six incredible courses, ranging from a selection of Italian cheeses, cured meats and pickled vegetables, to mushroom and truffle ragu with creamy polenta and porchetta with slow cooked beans, bitter green salad and fresh ciabatta. It's safe to say we left with a food baby. The food was melt-in-your-mouth good, while the local beers and wines stood up and succeeded the hype.
Where: Cnr Magnolia and Light Pass Roads, Tanunda
When: Open 7 days from 11am to 6pm, and 'til late Friday & Saturday evenings.
2. Charles Melton Wines
Charles Melton Wines are a small, Tanunda based winery, who have called home to the same vineyard since 1984. Their wines predominantly feature Grenache and Shiraz varieties, which is what they were founded on all those years ago.
If your'e after a hearty, home-cooked pie, seasonal tart, perfect cut of meat, or notorious Barossa Valley cheese plate, Charles Melton Wines is your go-to. All produce that comes out of the small kitchen is locally sourced, produced and pretty bloody delish. Matched with a couple of their beautiful wines, it was a long lunch to remember.
Where: Krondorf Rd, Tanunda
When: CELLAR DOOR 11am - 5pm daily
VERANDAH DINING - Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 12pm - 3pm. Bookings advisable.
3. 1918 Bistro & Grill
If you're after more of a fine-dining experience, make sure you visit 1918 Bistro & Grill in Tanunda. We went there for dinner on Saturday night, which was the perfect way to end a day of amazing food and wine, with a bit more of just that... All of their produce is either made in-house or locally sourced, while their drinks list is made up of predominantly local wines, with a few carefully selected Australian and International drops thrown in.
We tried the Market Fish and 300gm Dry Aged Scotch Fillet, which were both cooked to absolute perfection, before finishing off our meal with the shared dessert platter. If you're a sweet tooth, or not for that matter, make sure you get your paws on that dessert platter. We literally scraped the plate clean.
Where: 94 Murray St, Tanunda
When: Open 7 days, 12–2:30pm & 6–9pm
Once you're finished stuffing your face full of cheese, home-made pies, locally sourced meats, wine, and more wine, it's inevitable you're going to want to take a Nanna nap. Lucky, we found the perfect digs for you and your S.O. (be it bestie or bae).
Stonewell Cottages & Vineyards
Picture this: you approach a stone-walled driveway, set between a sprawling vineyard on your left and picturesque dam to your right. You drive a couple hundred metres down the gravel road to find yourself peeking through the trees at the cutest little stone cottage, perched on the edge of a big, beautiful lake. You make your way inside to be greeted by a rustic, homely interior, tray of local wine and goodies on the dining table, and fireplace set up with freshly cut firewood. You almost wet your pants from excitement, before heading into the bedroom where you find a king size bed, the fluffiest, most comfy robes and a SPA BATH. IN THE BEDROOM.
If you thought that's where it ends, you'd be wrong. In the morning, you wake up to find a fridge full of beautiful Barossa breakfast ingredients, the bench overflowing with locally sourced muesli, bread, condiments and even breakfast to feed the ducks! Apart from almost being attacked by the over enthusiastic ducks, we had the most blissful weekend, taking in the sunset and lake views from this incredible little cottage. We would highly recommend.
Where: 373 Stonewell Road, Stonewell, Tanunda
What: Stonewell Cottages & Vineyards
The Barossa Valley is filled with cute cafes, rustic bakeries and adorable little shops, but when it comes to coffee, we don't muck around. We found the best places to get your caffeine fix.
1. Fleur Social
Flowers, coffee, bagels, and an industrial interior. Need we say more? Make sure you check out this florist come cafe next time you're in the Barossa.
Where: 55C Murray St, Nuriootpa
When: Open 7 days Mon-Fri from 6:30am
2. Barossa Farmers Market
Great coffee, fresh veges galore and all of the local produce you can get your grubby little paws on. The Barossa Farmers Market is a must on Saturday mornings!
Where: Angaston Rd & Stockwell Rd, Angaston
When: Every Saturday morning from 7.30am - 11.30am
There are plenty more things to do in the Barossa Valley, including visiting the insane amount of wineries around the region, but we thought we'd give you a little bit of insight into what else the Barossa has to offer, other than getting lit with your friends on a party bus.
Thanks to Holden Australia for sending us on the most amazing adventure! Keep an eye on our social media accounts for more of these road-trips to come.