Wine Country

Trip Start Mar 03, 2007
Trip End Apr 2009

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Monday, March 10, 2008

We finally managed to escape Adelaide and headed off into the Barossa Valley, know chiefly for its vineyards and world class wineries.

Now to get to the Barossa is only about 50km ride form Adelaide but turned out to be a fairly interesting ride as we were following Ben who has been using his G.P.S. system to get us from A to B even if A to B means taking the most unlikely system of back roads and gravel detours. We cruised around various areas of the tranquil Barossa, before venturing into the Yalumba Winery. To me Yalumba don't make exceptional wines but that had a couple of really nice single estate Rieslings on offer and the staff there were really helpful. Also the winery itself was a stunning collection of old time building amongst leafy greenery. I wanted to head to the Penfolds and Hensecke wineries who make two of Australia's most prized wines "Grange" and "Hill of Grace" respectively. Unfortunately the Hensecke winery was a little to far of a detour for us to take, but Penfolds was just down the road, so soon we were undergoing a few more tastings form their selection. The Penfolds wines on offer had so much over the Yalumba tastings but they also had a much higher price bracket to match.

With a few tastings under our belts we left the Barossa and headed down through Murry Bridge and down to the coast just past Meningie and camped out in a site with an awesome view over a secluded tidal bay, but that was also teeming with flys and insects (I have never seen so many ants in one small area). That night we polished off a bottle of Port that we had purchased from Penolfds early that day and Lent back in our chairs star gazing at the brilliant milky way dominated sky.
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