THE IN­SID­ERS BAROSSA VAL­LEY

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE - SAL JOHN­SON AR­TI­SANS OF BAROSSA

EN­JOY: The Barossa Val­ley, 60km north­east of Ade­laide, is one of the world’s great wine-pro­duc­ing re­gions, with more than 150 winer­ies and 80 cel­lar doors. It’s a won­der­land of wine tast­ings, great for a day trip or stay-over at one of the many ac­com­mo­da­tion spots. Ex­pect to see the big names, such as Pen­folds and Sep­pelt. But try, too, an amaz­ing range of wines at Ar­ti­sans of Barossa, home to six small wine­mak­ers — Hobbs of Barossa Ranges, John Du­val Wines, Massena, Sch­warz Wine Co, Sons of Eden and Spinifex. The prop­erty is set above the vine­yards on the out­skirts of Ta­nunda. Grab a glass of your favourite va­ri­ety, or­der a plate from in-house eatery Har­vest Kitchen and pull up a chair on the deck to watch the sun set over the western hori­zon; barossa.com; ar­ti­san­sof­barossa.com.

EAT: The Barossa also punches above its weight when it comes to din­ing; one of the lat­est ad­di­tions to the scene is the stun­ning restau­rant at the new home of St Hugo wines at Row­land Flat. With the inim­itable and much-loved Mark McNa­mara craft­ing exquisite dishes that cel­e­brate the best of the Barossa, it is al­ready a “must do”; sthugo.com/restau­rant.

SHOP: For food lovers, you can’t go past the Barossa Farm­ers Mar­ket at An­gas­ton. Held ev­ery Satur­day morn­ing in the sheds be­hind iconic din­ing in­sti­tu­tion Vint­ners Bar & Grill, the mar­ket is a great op­por­tu­nity to taste your way through the unique culi­nary cul­ture of the Barossa. It prom­ises “real food from the homes and farms” of the re­gion. I love spec­tac­u­lar stone fruit in the sum­mer months, but ev­ery sea­son has its joys. In win­ter keep an eye out for new-sea­son olive oil; barossa­farm­ers­mar­ket.com.au.

EX­PLORE: The Bethany to An­gas­ton Trail is a great way to spend a day (or two) dis­cov­er­ing my lit­tle cor­ner of the Barossa. The trail winds its way from the his­toric set­tle­ment of Bethany, home to the iconic Turkey Flat Vine­yards and Bethany Wines, through the woods at Vine Vale and up over the hills into An­gas­ton. In this ru­ral vil­lage with a great her­itage walk, call in at Barossa Val­ley Cheese Co for va­ri­eties made from cow’s and goat’s milk; Casa Car­boni for a slice of Italy; and Aus­tralia’s old­est fam­ily-owned win­ery at Yalumba; bethanyan­gas­ton­trail.com.

Sal John­son is the sales and mar­ket­ing man­ager of Ar­ti­sans of Barossa. Orig­i­nally trained as a chef, she has worked in the wine in­dus­try for the past 16 years in Aus­tralia and Bri­tain, and has lived in the Barossa for six years. More: ar­ti­san­sof­barossa.com.

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