Just over an hour north-east of Adelaide lies the Barossa Valley. Such a short drive compared to some of the drives we’ve had. I have always wanted to visit the Barossa, mainly due to being a Maggie Beer fan. Plus we were keen to compare the wines of Margaret River and the Barossa. It was to be a shiraz showdown.
We camped at a free campground at Greenock cricket oval, much to Dylan’s delight. Greenock is a small, quaint village in the heart of the Barossa, so everything was very close. We were the only ones camped there and once again made full use of the cricket pitch.
Our first stop after setting up was off to Maggie Beer’s farm. As a long-time fan of “The Cook and the Chef”, I was super excited to see the farm.
We sampled and tasted everything we could and it took some negotiating with Tim so as not to buy everything in the shop. One of my treasured purchases was a Maggie Beer cookbook, signed by Maggie plus a few other goodies that you can’t buy at your local supermarket. This included her range of pear and apple ciders, plus a non-alcoholic sparkling shiraz that the boys got to taste and felt very grown up. We also enjoyed walking about the farm and looking at the pheasants, peacocks, chickens and the resident ram.
Next stop was Whistler Wines cellar door. There was an outdoor area for Sam and Dylan to run around in while we sampled the offerings inside. Amazingly, there was a cricket pitch out the front and a young border collie only to eager to collect any stray balls. The kids could have played here for hours, so to for Mum and Dad.
You can’t visit the Barossa without a drive down Seppeltsfield Road and a trip to Seppeltsfield itself. It is an iconic winery of the region and the newly refurbished cellar door, restaurant and outdoor areas were amazing to see.
The following day, after another quick game of cricket (there’s a theme developing here) we took a drive to Tanunda to purchase a loaf or two of their famous slow-ferment traditional bake sourdough – mmmmm. We sampled Apex Bakery’s slow ferment crusty white and Tanunda Bakery’s Artisan Sourdough. Forget the ones you buy in chain stores, this is the real thing and oh, so good. I don’t have any photos of the bread, but I have more photos of Maggie Beers Farm!
As the local boutique brewery had closed down and we wanted to support the town of Greenock for letting us stay for free in the campground it was necessary to visit the Greenock Tavern and sample the boutique beer and Barossa Cider on offer there. Oh, and the kids climbed on a train and we almost bought a boutique brewery. Almost…
Dylan –The great thing about the Barossa was the camping ground. We were surrounded by a cricket oval, cricket nets and tennis courts. Other things I loved was Maggie Beers Farm where we got to have sparkling grape juice and taste some delicious jams and sauces.
One of the things I enjoyed about the Barossa was playing cricket on the cricket pitch. I loved being treated like an adult and tasting the grape juice. The ram at the farm was very cute because when you gave it a scratch it looked like it was falling asleep against the fence.
Until next time…