Living like god in South Australia!

Trip Start Nov 28, 2011
Trip End Apr 09, 2013

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Wines, wines, and more wines!
the glorious mines of Mr. Kidman
Greenock cricket ground ;)

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Oval in Greenock, an energetic place to be! After a cold and wet (outside) night, it was time to get up and get ourselves prepared for the other world famous wine region, The Barossa Valley. With its own wine capital, Noriootpa, it is Australia's most producing wine region. The most famous vineyard here is Jacobs Kreek, It was in this valley that we suffered one of a few days of rain, so instead of driving a lot, we visited the public library to do some preparations for New Zealand and some retail shops! After a great afternoon of shopping in Noriootpa, we found ourselves a most scenic spot just outside of the city, the Mengle Lookout, for our overnight camping.

Angels must be watching over us, because just as we arrived at the lookout, a beautiful short clearance in the clouds, gave us an amazing view over the valley with all its vineyards, absolutely stunning! A magic moment, just enough for cooking, and then rain again….. a cold night ahead of us!

With a perfect blue sky, a promising golden morning sun we awoke in our Orbinson, ready to taste some of the wines in this valley. Our first stop would be in Noriootpa, Pennfolds winery. It was a perfect place to start our own tour. Good explanation of the region and history so we are now armed for the next tastings. The next stop would be Jacobs Creek, one of the most well-known winery from Australia, at least the most exporting winery. Our personal opinion, way to commercial and it really lost its charms of wine-making. Not weird as it is now owned by Pernod Ricard and lost its charmes. A little bit disappointed, we went to Peter Lehmann. WOW, what a difference! In beautiful scenery – tucked away in the hills, surrounded by really old trees – this winery is one of its own. It all started when the prices of the grapes dropped enormously and a lot of independent little family-run vineyards barely made a living. It was during this time that Peter Lehmann started making wine in this area with the local families and still does. Quality indeat of quantity was the key to succes. Peter Lehmann made some great wines and since then, business is growing. When you are in this area, it is absolutely a must see!

Our last tasting would be in Chateau Tanunda. Swiss owners saved this castle from its bankruptcy. Nowadays, Chateau Tanunda produces beautiful wines and at the same time provides local winemakers a platform to exhibit their wines. During weekends, normally you can do also tastings of these wines, but better to make a reservation ahead as it is getting busier and busier.

As it was getting late, we drove on to Woodside to find another oval ground were we would camp overnight. Pasta Carbonara and a lovely Riesling, Pinto Gris and Gewuerztraminer Cuvee were for dinner and we actually missed the party next door. Too tired! Next morning some more tastings, but no more wines! From drinks we're no going into food:

Melbas Chocolate factory is situated in this little town. A nice little factory with a great interior design. They kept the style of the late sixties, early seventies which gaves a really warm welcome feeling…. Or was it the smell of chocolate….. Next door neighbor is a cheese factory. So after some chocolates now time for tasting some cheeses. Great cheese they made there and soon we bought a few small pieces of different cheeses, yummie! And of course: we take some with us for better taste!

Time to move on and after tasting wine, chocolate and cheese, it is about time for a real German experience in Australia. Hahndorf is a little town just a few kilometers outside Adelaide and therefore a popular daytrip during weekends. It was indeed a small little village and after a short stop, we moved on to mount Lofty. Mount Lofty provides a stunning view over Adelaide and this would be our last stop before we are welcomed by Charlotte and Michael, friends we met during our trip in Bolivia! After a most scenic winding route we would arrive safely in Adelaide at a most warm and welcoming place Michael and Charlottes!!
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