SOUTH AUSTRALIA IN 48 HOURS
Located sixty kilometres northeast of Adelaide city centre is the quaint but beautiful Barossa Valley. Known for its shiraz and also being a massive red-wine fanatic I couldn't quite deny a girls trip down when the opportunity arose with Accor Hotels Australia. The Barossa food scene also has an excellent reputation for their local production line and I was adamant on making a stop at the local Barossa market to try their gourmet sandwiches and freshly made deli items.
Here are some of my top places to visit if you're ever in the area!
Barossa Farmers market
Admittedly it was quite cold outside - but once you head on in the rustic charm of the market as well as the warmth from the heaters paired with a warm Barossa lunch from Saskia Beer's fresh farm produce makes for an unforgettable time. I was also pleasantly surprised at how friendly the local store owners were as they took the time to share their stories, explain their products and recipe recommendations. I honestly loved how passionate and authentic this market was and would highly recommend a visit here!
Cooking demonstration & tasting session by Saskia Beer at the Barossa Farmer's Market
Hutton Vale Farm
Hutton Vale Farm has been part of a mixed farming business in the Angas family since 1843. I had the honour of meeting both Jan and John Angas and got to have a spectacular tour of their beautiful farm. With over 170 years of knowledge of their land filtering through, from generation to generation their kitchen table is laden with home produce including wine, lamb, vegetables and artisan chutney.
JACOBS CREEK WINERY
We were lucky enough to have a long lunch in the remodelled restaurant set against a beautiful backdrop of Barossa vineyards and towering green trees. If you go during a weekend do book ahead as it gets busy! P.s Don't forget to order dessert as it was my favourite part! ;)
BAROSSA VALLEY BALLOONING
NOVOTEL BAROSSA VALLEY RESORT
I have been following both Mel & Chloe on Instagram for a while now and was really excited when I heard that they were both attending the trip to South Australia. We were all given an opportunity to stay at the Novotel Barossa Valley Resort which happens to be a restful haven nestled among the vines, an hour from Adelaide. Located adjacent to the 18 hole Tanunda Pines Golf Course and boasting panoramic views across the Barossa Ranges and Jacobs Creek Vineyards, the resort offers 140 well equipped apartments with private balconies, plus an array of leisure facilities including an outdoor pool, a fitness centre, tennis court, an Endota day spa and The Tasting Room, an experiential retail outlet offering daily wine tasting. I truly love how simple yet comfortable the rooms were. With splendid views over the Barossa Valley as well as being able to experience the fresh and local produce for breakfast as well as dinner I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel!
The Cellar Kitchen
After an extensive refurbishment, Novotel Barossa Valley Resort is thrilled to announce the opening of The Cellar Kitchen Restaurant and Bar in collaboration with Saskia Beer.
As an artisan food producer, cook and food educator, Saskia Beer has been a pivotal part of the restaurant’s transformation. Her company, Saskia Beer Farm Produce, has successfully engaged local provedores, growers and farmers as produce partners, enabling The Cellar Kitchen to serve up an authentic Barossa Valley experience that is seasonal and references the long standing food traditions of the region.
The new menu features local cheeses from Victoria McGlurg, smallgoods selected and aged by Saskia, fresh vegetables and herbs by Aldna Farms and Barossa Famers Market along with other small producers through the local farmers market.
Photography: Li-Chi Pan
Accomodation: NOVOTEL BAROSSA VALLEY RESORT (Accor Hotels)