South Australia - best food and wine

Discover Australia’s wine capital and why South Australia has some of the most sought-after produce and unique dining experiences in Australia. South Australia - best food and wine
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Savour South Australia's best food and wine

  • Four days
  • South Australia

Discover Australia’s wine capital and why South Australia has some of the most sought-after produce and unique dining experiences in Australia.  


 

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Discover the best of South Australia’s sought-after fresh produce, unique flavours and acclaimed wine 
  • See the McLaren Vale’s newest luxury cellar door and dining experience, The Cube at d’Arenberg Wines
  • Nuzzle up and hold one of Australia’s most loved icons, the koala at Cleland Wildlife Park
  • Dates: 7 April - 10 April

Adelaide is a friendly, contemporary and vibrant city surrounded by rolling hills, beautiful beaches and world-renowned wine regions. It’s a city of contrasts: elegant 19th century sandstone architecture stands opposite edgy bohemian laneways and modern architecture. Adelaide is home to wide boulevards, swathes of parks and gardens and open spaces, best discovered on foot.

DAY 1: A TASTE OF ADELAIDE

Adelaide Central Market, Adelaide, South Australia

Morning
Meet the producers at the Adelaide Central Market, the largest undercover fresh food market in the Southern Hemisphere and find out why South Australia is home to some of the freshest, most sought-after produce in Australia. Then tour Adelaide’s wide boulevards, laneways and gardens via an EcoCaddy, an eco-friendly rickshaw bicycle transport system.  

Afternoon
Venture to Penfolds Magill Estate, a short 15-minute drive from the city centre, to tour the grounds of the historic estate. Indulge in a private wine tasting with Chief Winemaker Peter Gago, custodian of Penfolds Grange since 2002, Australia’s most iconic wine.

Evening
Tonight choose a dining experience based on Adelaide’s leading culinary destinations. Choose from Jock Zonfrillo’s Restaurant Orana that specialises in Australian indigenous flavours, Press* Food and Wine that features produce from local suppliers and small-scale farms, Botanic Gardens Restaurant that sources ingredients from the Adelaide Botanic Gardens or Africola that takes inspiration from South African BBQ food with seasonal produce.

 

DAY 2: SEA TO VINES

Off Piste 4x4 tour, Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia

Morning 
Travel south of Adelaide by 45 minutes to McLaren Vale, a beautiful wine region bordered by the coast on the west and hills on the east. Known for its sustainable winegrowing and pristine natural attractions, you’ll tour the region with Off Piste 4WD Tours.   

Afternoon
Continue your 4WD tour of the region by heading to the water’s edge to drive along the white sands of the South Australian coast. This stretch of beaches goes as far as the eye can see and is bordered by rugged cliffs.    

Evening 
Watch the sun set over the stunning turquoise waters of the Gulf of Saint Vincent from the Star of Greece restaurant. With a motto of ‘caught and cooked within 24 hours’, the beach cottage sits perched on the cliffs above the beach. The menu features the freshest seafood and the best regional produce.  

 

DAY 3: ARCHITECTURE AND ANIMALS 

The d’Arenberg Cube, McLaren Vale, South Australia

Morning
Discover McLaren Vale’s newest luxury cellar door and dining experience at d’Arenberg Wines. Guests will be among the first to experience the property’s new architectural masterpiece, The Cube - a five storey glass-building set among Mourvèdre vines, with views overlooking the rolling Willunga Hills and the property’s 19th century homestead. 

Afternoon
Venture through the picturesque Adelaide Hills (around a 45 minute drive from McLaren Vale) to come face to face with one of Australia’s most loved icons – the koala. Cleland Wildlife Park is one of only a handful of wildlife parks across Australia that give guests the opportunity to hold a koala. 

Evening
Superbly positioned with inspiring views, Piccadilly Restaurant in Mount Lofty House is renowned for its paddock to plate philosophy. You will sample a menu created especially by Executive Chef Girard Ramsay that features fresh seasonal produce, heirloom and organic vegetables and fruit along with ingredients from the property’s own organic kitchen garden. 

 

DAY 4: LAND OF THE LONG LUNCH

Mount Lofty Ranges Vineyard, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Morning
Stroll through Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement, Hahndorf, built by a tight-knit group of Prussian settlers in 1839. Visit Udder Delights to indulge in a cheese flight with founder Sheree Sullivan, who will take you through her range of hand crafted cheeses including King Saul, Australia’s first raw milk blue cheese.  

Afternoon
Head to Basket Range to visit some of the region’s most progressive winemakers. The philosophy is minimalist, where grapes are farmed organically or biodynamically and native yeasts and neutral aging vessels are preferred. Filtration and additives are rare and the wine styles vary greatly within this small community of artisan winemakers.

Evening
Mount Lofty Ranges Vineyard is a sustainable, boutique vineyard that focuses on creating single vineyard, estate grown wines. Participate in a forging experience with Head Chef Matt Fitton to unearth an array of unique ingredients across the sprawling property before sitting down to sample the Estate’s range of award-wining wines.