Flavours of Adelaide & the Barossa Valley
South Australia December - February
You're invited to embark on a journey full of local flavours, showcasing the best of the Barossa, Adelaide Hills and McLaren wine regions. This culinary discovery will connect you to the makers, growers and passionate owners of South Australia’s food scene.
Day 1: Welcome to Adelaide
Your Insight Vacations driver meets you at Adelaide Airport and transfers you to your hotel. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception at the rooftop bar to start your epic food and wine adventure. Adelaide, known for its progressive atmosphere, grew to be one of the most liveable places in the world and is hailed for its excellent gastronomical offerings. Effortlessly explore the city in a zero-emission eco-caddy with your Local Expert. Continue with a foodie journey at the Central Market and enjoy a guided four-course progressive dinner. Established in 1869, the market became the prime location for a wide range of multicultural cuisine and fresh produce and many of these stallholders’ families have been trading at the market for generations. Roam among the stalls and enjoy a selection of dishes and wine that showcase the spectacular local produce.
Accommodation - Mayfair Hotel, Adelaide
Relaxed Start - The Wines Of The Barossa Valley
Enjoy a Relaxed Start to further explore Adelaide before leaving the city and travelling inland to the nearby Barossa Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region. Early German settlers found the warm climate ideal for fruit growing, especially grapes. Bringing some overseas knowledge and after a great deal of trial and error, they succeeded in establishing a thriving viticulture. The first wineries were founded at this time and many of these are still in operation today, such as the local institution of Seppeltsfield Estate. Take a private village tour with a Local Expert and experience an award-winning mix of wine, food, craft and design. Tonight, indulge in a mouth-watering dining experience at Seppeltsfield, which proudly showcases its use of locally sourced produce, with thoughtfully paired wines.
From The Valley To The Hills
Start your day with an exclusive visit to national treasure, Maggie Beer’s Farm and take part in a private cooking demonstration in the very studio where ‘The Cook and the Chef’ was filmed. There is time to taste and buy their products in the farm shop or just relax on their terrace overlooking the adjoining lake. Your next stop is at the stunning St Hugo Restaurant, where you will continue your epicurean experience with a Barossa-style, long-table dining experience. Make Travel Matter as you have the opportunity to support bushfire recovery by visiting local producers renowned for their unique flavours. Meet the locals, hear their stories and sample the finest produce the region has to offer. In collaboration with the #EmptyEsky movement, fill your esky at the decadent Melba Chocolate Factory, neighbouring Woodside Cheese Wrights and Chesterfield Whisky Firm. Next, head to Barristers Block Winery, where you can sample delicious local wines or pick up a takeaway tasty charcuterie board that includes cured meats or salmon pate for a picnic this evening. This family run winery lost 100% of its vineyards in the recent bushfires. Fortunately, their cellar was saved, and guests are invited to support their recovery by filling their eskies with goodies. Your last Bushfire Recovery stop in the region is the Lobethal Bierhaus, where you can take advantage of tastings, or take home your favourites brews. Spend tonight in charming little Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement and then enjoy the evening at leisure.
Relaxed Start - Cheese And More Wine
After a Relaxed Start, visit the country’s leading artisan cheesemakers at Udder Delights for a delicious tasting. What started off as an escape route for founders Estelle and Trevor Dunford to use up the leftover goat’s milk, turned into a lifestyle for their daughter Sheree and husband Saul by always seeking new ways of pushing their ideas forward, including the creation of Australia’s first raw milk blue cheese. Have your camera ready as you continue to the stunning McLaren Vale wine region and d’Arenberg Estate for a tasting in their iconic Cube building, representing the complexity of viticulture . Take the option to visit the Salvador Dali exhibition housed inside then proceed to the d’Arry Verandah Restaurant for your three-course lunch with views equally impressive to the food. With the aim to pass on a sustainable business to the next generation, sheep agistment, solar power, and natural disease control are a few ways d’Arenberg uphold their commitment to the environment. In the afternoon, sample wines at the Gemtree vineyard where locals Melissa and Mike have successfully implemented sustainability and biodynamics in their day-to-day practices reaching a full organic status in 2011. Later, return to Adelaide and spend the evening relaxing.
On your last day, explore Adelaide with Insight Choice. Join a Local Expert for a walking tour in the City of Churches and get to know the cultural heart of the North Terrace. Alternatively, visit the Cleland Wildlife Park and see native animals in their natural habitat including koalas recovering after the Kangaroo Island bushfires. Join your fellow travellers for your Celebration Lunch and toast the end of your foodie journey. Take your complimentary transfer to Adelaide Airport for your onward journey.
5 day escorted Insight Vacations group tour visiting the Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley and Mclaren Vale
11 December 2020
8 January 2021
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19 February 2021
from $2,995* per person, twin share
• Small group (20 guests max)
•10+ Unforgettable experiences
• 3 Handpicked hotels
• 4 Authentic dining experiences