Our weekend away is taking shape with each day promising to unfurl a different aspect of the Barossa Valley.
For those flying across, we recommend getting to Adelaide on the Friday night to enjoy one of the numerous restaurants that are carving a unique culinary landscape for the city. Take your pick from the following options we can recommend:
Blackwood (the bistro of Orana)
Of course, a visit to East End cellars is a must for aperitif and a peruse of their shelves with Mother vine right across the lane too. For those looking to venture into late night cocktails, head to Proof.
If you require a lift to the Barossa valley, our pick-up point in Adelaide will be on the corner of East Terrace and Varden avenue at 9 am. A couple of good coffee options nearby including Exchange specialty coffee.
In the Barossa valley our pick-up point will be in Tanunda at Red Door espresso, aiming for a 10:15 departure.
Today's highlights include visiting the historic Yalumba winery where we will receive a bespoke tour incorporating one of Australia's last remaining cooperage's and a special tour of the areas not usually open to the public. A cheese tasting and second winery visit are also included.
Dinner is free time, we should be done by 6pm with drop-off to your hotel in Tanunda offered. Recommended dining options for this night are:
Ferment Asian (not open Sunday night)
Fino at Seppeltsfield (short taxi away, not open Sunday night)
Appellation (short taxi away)
Vintners bar and grill (11km via taxi)
1918 Bistro and Grill
Limited late-night venues in this sleepy town so best to make sure you have hotel room supplies ;-)
Meet 10:30 am, venue TBC
Today is mostly built around a food experience in the morning then a bespoke afternoon with Hentley Farm wines. We will see what has become one of the most important recent arrivals on the Barossa valley food and wine scene. After a tour of the kitchen gardens, winery and tasting we will then settle into a looong lunch in their multi-award winning restaurant. This will be their discovery menu package with farm pairing priced at $275 per person.
For those that have to work Monday, lunch is due to conclude by 4pm and we can organise for transfers back to Adelaide if required.
For those staying on, should time allow we will visit a second winery in the afternoon or just head to the brewery in Tanunda.
Dinner tonight is free time however we have booked a table at 1918 Bistro and Grill and you are welcome to join us, we will BYO some wines and split the bill afterwards.
Other dining options are limited, however the excellent Appellation is open too.
Today we meet at 9:30am to see the historic ovens of Apex bakery before visiting two of the newest stars of the Barossa valley for visits at their humble wineries and a peek into the future of the region.
The visits will conclude around 2.30pm with direct return to Adelaide centre available. Those booking return flights should be safe to do so from 5.30pm onwards.
Itinerary pricing is $440 per person for members.
Limited space is available to non-members looking to join this experience with the itinerary costing $590 per person.
The itinerary includes transport during the itinerary, lunch on all three days, food producer visits and behind the scenes access to at least five leading wineries with further commentary from the Gather team.