48 hours on the Epicurean Way, South Australia

If you're travelling to Australia for a culinary adventure, South Australia's Epicurean Way is a must-do road trip. Stop in at cellar doors, taste award-winning wines and feast on gourmet local produce at restaurants set among sprawling vineyards. 48 hours on the Epicurean Way, South Australia
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48 hours on the Epicurean Way, South Australia

If you're travelling to Australia for a culinary adventure, South Australia's Epicurean Way is a must-do road trip.


Visit the world-famous Barossa, the picturesque Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Clare Valley. Stop in at cellar doors, taste award-winning wines and feast on gourmet local produce at restaurants set among sprawling vineyards. 

DAY ONE MORNING

Head south from the centre of Adelaide to McLaren Vale, about 45 minutes drive from the heart of the city. The best way to get a taste of some of the area's wine and beer highlights is the McMurtrie Mile experience. This tour leads you to six stops all within a short drive of each other including Wirra WirraHugh HamiltonPrimo EstateSabella VineyardsRed Poles and McLaren Vale Beer Company.

Before heading out of McLaren Vale, stop in to Blessed Cheese on the main street of McLaren Vale. Part cheese shop, part café and completely delicious, you can grab a picnic basket of local treats before heading to the Adelaide Hills. 

Hahndorf, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

DAY ONE AFTERNOON

A 45 minute drive northeast of McLaren Vale puts you in the heart of the Adelaide Hills and the best place to start exploring this region is the Hahndorf Hill Winery. An Adelaide Hills highlight, the winery's ChocoVino experience combines two of and Epicurean's favourite things, wine and chocolate.

If you're looking for something extra to add to your picnic lunch, you can pick your own strawberries at Beerenberg Farm - bigger and juicier than any you’ll find in a supermarket, the strawberry picking season runs from late October to April. You can also taste and purchase delicious Beerenberg jams, preserves and sauces year round at the on-site farm shop.

Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring local producers and vineyards, including The Lane Vineyard, before turning in at one of Adelaide Hills' cosy bed and breakfasts such as Mount Lofty House or The Stirling Hotel.

Penfolds Make Your Own Blend Tour, Barossa Valley, South Australia

DAY TWO MORNING

Start your day early with a 75 minute drive north of Hahndorf and arrive in the Barossa Valley, one of Australia's best known wine producing regions. There are so many winery experiences here that you'll be spoilt for choice.

For something unique, the Taste Your Birth Year tour at Seppeltsfield Winery lets you taste the vintage Tawny from your birth year directly from the barrel. The collection includes every vintage back to 1878. If you'd like to experience what it's like to be a winemaker, head to Penfolds where you can take part in the Make Your Own Blend tour to blend your own bottle of wine to take home as a souvenir.

If you have time, head to Casa Carboni Italian cooking school in Angaston. It was established by Fiona and Matteo Carboni in 2012, when they moved to Australia from northern Italy. Close by, and near Nuriootpa, is Australian food legend Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop. All of Maggie’s products are available to buy or you can stop by for a coffee and a cake before heading to the Clare Valley. 

Clare Valley, South Australia

DAY TWO AFTERNOON

One hour's drive north of the Barossa is the Clare Valley, where the wineries, set amongst gum trees, have a unique, earthy character. Start with lunch at Skillogalee Restaurant; open since 1990, this eatery started as an idea to serve food to visitors who came to taste wine, but it quickly became more than that and it’s now a renowned restaurant with a national reputation.

During the afternoon, take the time to visit wineries such as Sevenhill Cellars, founded in 1851 by Jesuits, and Knappstein, unique in the local area as it produces both wine and beer. Knappstein's hand-picked Riesling is consistently one of Australia’s best and the cellar door – open seven days – includes the micro-brewery where they brew their own beer. Finish your day at Annie's Lane, where the philosophy is all about crafting wines with minimal intervention, keeping the wine as natural as possible to maximise fruit flavour and intensity.

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