Sep 01, 2015
Indulge in these wine experiences outside the ordinary.
It’s not obligatory to wear a beret at this chic backstreet wine bar but one wouldn’t go amiss. La Buvette is a loving recreation of a French drinking den, complete with blue tiles, French varietals (mostly organic or biodynamic) and plates of garlicky escargots. Signature drink: pastis, naturellement.
The Angas family has been farming the country around the Barossa since 1843. Today, their property, Hutton Vale, produces fine wool, pork, cider, preserves, grass-fed lamb and small-batch wines. Guests can walk through the vineyards, enjoy the farmhouse fare and sample elegant wines at their source.
Are you an unashamed wine snob? Then hop on your fixed-gear bike and pedal over to Mother Vine, an Über-cool wine shrine in Adelaide’s fashionable East End. The 350-strong wine list ranges from affordable South Aussies to lush imports like the 2004 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche – priced at $3500 a bottle.
Sunday tapas at this idiosyncratic, wayward and entertaining Adelaide Hills winery is something of an institution among those in the know. The family-run operation has embraced fruit-driven wines, farmyard graffiti and seriously steep terrain, and the Longview wine portfolio – overseen by Barossan wunderkind Ben Glaetzer – covers the accessible and the baroque. Luxury accommodation and street-art exhibitions are also on offer.
As far as viticultural bragging rights go, it’s hard to imagine anything topping Icons of the Barossa – a small group tour led by wine expert Tim Wildman, an Englishman with a formidable knowledge of Australian wine. Guests meet iconic winemakers, such as Prue Henschke, and sample rare and exquisite vintages.