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Sep 28, 2016
Round out your next weekend away with exceptional food and wine in South Australia's Barossa Valley.
Drive just one hour northeast from Adelaide to discover Barossa Valley’s rolling hills, wine trails and forest reserves interspersed with charming villages and hamlets. So picturesque is the area that it featured as the bucolic backdrop for the long-running TV series McLeod’s Daughters. The region is famous for its intense, full-bodied shiraz and boasts many of Australia’s most famous vineyards, including Penfolds and Henschke.
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It’s not just the wine that makes the Barossa special. Regional farms and producers are focusing on seasonal food and provenance, with a burgeoning food scene. Chefs and restaurateurs are shifting towards a simpler approach to cooking, showcasing exceptional local produce with a respect for the seasons. This, as well as an abundance of fantastic wine, makes the Barossa a tempting destination for weekend travellers.
The Novotel Barossa has undergone a massive refurbishment and the result is discerningly charming. The revamped space is styled with natural-timber furnishings, stone bench tops and exposed steel beams. It’s easy to feel at home here. Sink into a chair by the central fireplace or enjoy breathtaking views over the valley from the main lounge.
The resort is enormous with 140 rooms and excellent facilities, including a spa, an outdoor heated swimming pool, tennis courts, a gym and an 18-hole golf course. Equally welcoming are the guest rooms, which are spacious and tastefully furnished. Each room has a kitchenette, a workstation and a private terrace overlooking the Barossa Ranges and vineyards. Book now
The Cellar Kitchen
The Cellar Kitchen at Novotel Barossa Resort recently formed an exciting alliance with chef and artisan food producer, Saskia Beer. The new restaurant is inspired by the paddock-to-plate food philosophy, which underpins the restaurant’s new look and menu. It references long-standing food traditions of the region and features locally sourced cheeses, meat and produce. And to wash it all down, there’s wine list that includes some of the Barossa’s favourite drops.
It looks like a quaint café from the outside, but inside Casa Carboni is a relaxed space where people gather for authentic Italian food. Owners, husband and wife duo Matteo and Fiona, focus on a rustic menu of freshly made pasta and local seasonal produce, inspired by Matteo’s Italian homeland. The flavoursome menu is designed for sharing and complements an impressive list of European wines. Finish a hearty meal with a slice of their legendary torrone morbido (soft nougat), made on-site weekly. 67 Murray Street, Angaston SA 5353
Barossa Farmers Market
If food producers are the lifeblood of the community, then the Barossa Farmers Market is a conduit through which the blood flows. It’s hosted in Angaston every Saturday, with more than 40 local purveyors of fresh produce and gourmet goodies to tempt hunters and gatherers. Start early with a strongly brewed coffee before sampling the region’s best. Open from 7.30am to 11.30am. Corner Nuriootpa and Stockwell roads, Angaston
Saskia Beer’s Market Tour and Long Lunch
Saskia Beer’s food experiences are inspired by her passion for cooking and the abundance of local fresh produce. The tour starts with a guided walk through the Barossa Farmers Market, where visitors can get local insight into the ripened flavours of the region. The tour is followed by an optional cooking demonstration and a shared table lunch at the much-loved Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop.
Hutton Vale Farm
Drive up the long dusty track to Hutton Vale Farm and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. The mixed business has been supplying lamb to the region since settlement of the property in the 1840s. With rustic bohemian interiors and antiques spanning six family generations, the homestead alone is worth a visit. The farm offers bird walks, wine tasting and a planetarium for the kids. Bookings are essential. Stone Jar Road, Angaston
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