4 Night Wine & Food Long Weekend
With Air New Zealand flying non-stop to Adelaide it’s never been easier or more affordable to visit South Australia for a long weekend getaway. If you’ve got 4 or 5 days up your sleeve, then Adelaide is the perfect destination – with funky bars and eateries in the city and and 16 wine regions within 90 minutes drive of the city, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Upon arriving in Adelaide, hail the nearest cab and high-tail it to your accommodation. With four nights and so much to see and do you’ll want to make the most of every minute! Make your first stop the Adelaide Central Market for a late lunch after your flight. The market is absolutely buzzing with smells, sounds and more importantly food! Most stallholders have tasting trays on offer so it’s a good way to get a true (and free!) taste of South Australia. Next wander down the Peel St and Leigh St laneways and admire the graffiti art that covers many inner city walls and buildings. Stop in at some of the great wine bars like Clever Little Tailor and Peel Street and be sure to try a local wine and beer, or three. Adelaide is fast becoming known for its microbars and pop up eateries so make sure you check out a few for yourself, or if you stumble across the city’s famous Food Trucks then be sure to stop and try the fare! Overnight Adelaide.
You could easily spend another day in Adelaide exploring the shops along Rundle Mall, tasting your way along the ‘Eat Streets’ or cycling down to Glenelg Beach. But let’s face it, you’re a ‘foodie’ and you're keen to visit some of the 16 wine regions within 90 minutes of the city. First stop, McLaren Vale. If you’re in town on a Saturday then you can’t go past the Willunga Farmers Market, a veritable feast of local produce and a great brunch stop to start the day. Next, try your hand at winemaking at d’Arenberg Winery. Their ‘Blending Bench’ tour will have your tastebuds buzzing as you blend, slurp and taste your way through the 90 minute session. When you’re happy with your blend, bottle it, seal it, label it and take it home to enjoy with friends and family. McLaren Vale is a melting pot of all things ‘foodie’ and you’ll soon discover that everyone loves to use the local produce. Enjoy an afternoon visiting the regions local producers or park yourself on the veranda at Samuel’s Gorge Winery. For dinner, follow the locals to Russell’s Pizza on Friday and Saturday nights where the wood fire oven pizzas and desserts will have you wishing you could stay forever! Overnight Adelaide.
It seems like all roads lead to food and wine in the Barossa so that’s exactly where you’re heading today! Upon arriving in the Barossa call into Jacob's Creek Visitor Centre in the heart of the valley to learn about winemaking on a tour of the demonstration vineyard. Join a cooking class, structured wine tasting or learn about food and wine matching on a fun and informative sensory experience. It's a great introduction to the region! Next, call in to the historic Seppeltsfield Wines to taste Tawny from the barrel that was made in your birth year, and table reds that are only released in small batches. Take a tour of the original 1888 Gravity Flow winery or see how wine barrels are made at the cooperage while you're there. For lunch, head straight to Hentley Farm Winery for a gastronomic experience like no other. Their degustation lunch menu matched with Hentley Farm's exceptional wines is a feast for the senses so be sure to allow at least 2.5 hours to enjoy the experience. Before heading back to Adelaide make a final stop Maggie Beer's Farm Shop to purchase Maggie's famous homemade jams, chutneys, sauces and verjuice to take home! Overnight Adelaide.
This morning make your way to the nearby Adelaide Hills wine region, located 20 minutes drive from the city. This cool climate wine region is known for its exceptional pinot noir, sauvignon blanc and pino gris, as well as a strong German flavour evident in the many German bakeries and Bierhaus' dotted around the region. Wander along the main street of Hahndorf tasting cheese at Udder Delights, wine at the cellar doors and enjoying a traditional German stein at the Hahndorf Inn. After lunch, visit Hahndorf Hill Winery for a ChocoVino experience - where the wineries boutique wines are matched with the world's most acclaimed chocolate. Alternatively, get hands on with an authentic Asian cooking class at Sticky Rice Cooking School. Ranked as a top six best food experience in all of Australia, the Sticky Rice Cooking School is a fantastic half day experience for all food lovers! Overnight Adelaide.
As your long weekend draws to a close, check out of your accommodation and make your way to the airport to meet your return flight to New Zealand. If you're on an afternoon flight then why not take advantage of Adelaide's fantastic shopping. From Rundle Mall and Rundle Street in the city centre, to the boutique shopping strips of Norwood Parade, King William Rd at Hyde Park and nearby Burnside Village.