Bellabondi’s Guide to the Barossa Valley

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80 year old Grenache Vines on the Charles Melton Vineyard where we stayed

I have a real affinity with South Australia, as my hubby is originally a South Australian country boy, and I have only prior to that visited Adelaide with work. But now I could possibly say I am a semi local (joking!) with purchasing a house in the Barossa Valley recently and with so many wine regions close by what is not to love!!

My hubby had planned a long weekend away for my birthday in July and even though our new place wasn’t ready when we visited, I had the most SENSATIONAL time to getting to know the area in more detail after spending 5 days there exploring.

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Some of the gorgeous winter produce harvested from the Rockford Wines property and this is just a side from the lunch!!

We booked for the day of my birthday to go to the Rockford Wines Stone Wall Members Lunch, I think we booked a year ago to get there on my birthday. It is members only and for their guests, and they are open for lunch on Thursday and Friday and now have just started on Saturday as well. Well, it was OUT OF THIS WORLD!! I always knew the wines were exceptional (Basket Press, sparkling Black Shiraz etc.) but they build their entire menu for their lunches based on the produce that is in season from their 6 hectare garden and their fulltime chef works with the winemaker to choose back vintages to match the dishes from the degustation menu. We also had the pleasure of sitting next to Pam, whom is an owner and married to Robert Callaghan who started the winery.

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Snapper ceviche with tomatillo, mandarin and lime Jolly Roger tortilla! Perfection on a plate at the Stone Wall Members Lunch at Rockford Wine
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The Kirche Accommodation at Charles Melton Wines in Krondorf

We stayed up the road at ‘The Kirche’ at the Charles Melton Winery so we were able to roll home after the long lunch. Charles and Virginia looked after us exceptionally well for our entire stay and if you are looking for boutique accommodation in an amazing setting, THIS is your place to stay. They also kindly invited us to their Members Wine tasting which kicked off at 10am on a Sunday blind tasting a lot of their exceptional wines and comparing with some French ones! A fabulous morning and some highlights were, apart from the wines, the people on our table and Mya, the winery’s gorgeous Border Collie, who kept me entertained with her stick collecting under the table.

On Saturday night, we went to FermentAsian, the one hat modern Vietnamese restaurant in Tanunda with a KILLER and encyclopedic wine list.

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Raspberry Souffle at Vinters – NEXT LEVEL!!!!

Sunday lunch, after the Charles Melton blind tasting we went to lunch at Vintners Barossa and had the most exceptional lunch just near the Barossa Farmer’s Market location. Just a lazy long lunch after drinking since 10am at Charlie’s Blind Tasting and then having this stellar line up of food and wine including a bottle of 2012 Nine Popes by Charles Melton it was perfection and so relaxing for my husband and I.

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Beef Tataki, wasabi, kohlrabi and fried garlic paired with a 2012 Nine Popes by Charles Melton Wines at Vintners in the Barossa Valley

WINE TASTING – WE RAN OUT OF TIME BUT THIS IS WHAT WE TARGETED

  • Kalleske
  • Bethany
  • Rockford Wines
  • Charles Melton Winery
  • Seppeltsfield
  • Turkey Flat
  • Yell and Papps

COFFEE

  • Keils Fine Food & Coffee – Tanunda
  • Blond Coffee  – Angaston
  • Soul with Zest – Angaston

BAKERIES

  • Apex Bakery – Tanunda
  • D & M’s Bakery – Angaston

BUTCHER

  • Schulz Butchery, Angaston – killer smoked bacon and fritz. Which has been just taken over by Barossa Fine Food out of Nurioopta.

SHOPPING

  • A Time for Seasons – I bought a fabulous black and white coat there but I can see this will be my go-to in Tanunda for fashion and homewares.
  • Barossa Farmers Market – The Dairyman Butter – won Delicious Magazine’s produce award and Elenis for croissants, bread and next level foccacia
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Some of the beautiful Barossa Valley Produce at our accommodation ‘The Kirche’ for us to cook with.

ADELAIDE PITSTOPS – PRE & AFTER FLIGHTS

  • Osteria Oggi – Parmigiana Flan and Pasta are NEXT LEVEL
  • Press Food and Wine – the perfect aperitivo before our flight back home with a Spritz and some snacks.

I’ll be back visiting in December and I can’t wait to get to know the community of the Barossa Valley!

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Pre-flight Aperol Spritz at Press Food and Wine in Adelaide
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