A lovers weekend in Barossa Valley
If you're looking for a getaway with your lover, you can't go past one of the loves of my life - Barossa Valley. I'm going to need to start this post with a disclaimer - Barossa Valley is my all-time favourite wine region in Australia. Yes, you're right, I haven't been to all the wine regions BUT of those I have visited, this is without a doubt number one for me. So if you don't want to hear me rave on like some weird Barossa Valley fan-girl, please don't read on. You have been warned.
You will find my heaven on earth a very quick and easy drive from Adelaide airport. It honestly felt like we'd only just got our road trip playlist rocking when the highway exit loomed and our culinary adventure began. Our first stop was to the Poh Ling Yeow (a.k.a my future best friend) recommended Casa Carboni. I was so bloody excited about this place and it delivered. Casa Carboni is a cooking school first and an enoteca second so jump on their website to plan your visit and definitely book as seats are limited. Go hungry, eat everything and then tell everyone. Food this good needs to be celebrated.
After lunch, we pretty much floated to our accommodation for the weekend - the ever-so romantic Lanzerac Country Estate. We will definitely stay here again. The owners could not do enough to make us feel welcome, the rooms were divine and the little extras at every step were simply delightful.
This post is dragging on so I'm going to skip through a few mentions (but you can find them below) because I HAVE TO TELL YOU ABOUT FERMENTASIAN. Holy Dooley this place delivered. My husband doesn't "get" food. Most of the time he couldn't tell the difference between a Michelin star meal and a 7-11 sandwich. So I think it says a lot that this place is his favourite meal we've ever had. Don't even look at the a la carte menu; wear your stretchy pants and get all up into the Chef's Table degustation menu WITH matching wines. This team knows what they are doing, just sit back and enjoy the scrumptious ride. Full disclosure? I'm sorry, but you'll never enjoy another betel leaf again after these.
Wow - a post about Barossa Valley and I haven't even mentioned wine yet - who even am I? But I don't want to drag on, so please check out my list of highly recommended places to eat and drink below. And if you're going to Barossa Valley anytime soon, please tell her I love her and I miss her and I'll be back there again soon.
What to do: Whistler Wines, Rusden Winery, Maggie Beer Farms.
Where to stay: Lanzerac Country Estate, The Louise.
Where to eat: Appellation, The Hentley Farm, Fermentasian.