Spotlight: South Australia’s delectable food and wine scene.
SOUTH Australia has a long, proud and rich heritage of viniculture. There is also a healthy and vibrant culinary culture that sees young and established chefs championing new ways of preparing and presenting food. Here are a few signature food and wine tours, experiences and products.
Food Trails & Tours
The Kangaroo Island Farm Gate and Cellar Door Trail features a range of producers, cellar doors and events. With three suggested itineraries of varying length, each one features a mix of art and beautiful vistas.
Kangaroo Island is renowned for its free-range eggs, olive oil, native berry jams, seafood, yoghurts, cheeses, honey, bread and biscuits. Meanwhile, the island’s 200ha of vines are tended by 30 growers who together produce wine for 18 labels. Ciders and spirits are also made locally.
McLaren Vale’s McMurtie Mile brings together six McLaren Vale businesses to offer a premium food and wine experience. Sabella, Red Poles, Wirra Wirra, Hugh Hamilton, Primo Estate and the McLaren Vale Beer Company make up the tour which encourages guests to explore cellar doors, restaurants and galleries.
A gourmet self drive tour includes a Wirra Wirra working winery tour and private tasting in cellars, Hugh Hamilton’s exclusive varietal tastings, Primo Estate Joseph Experience and sample platter, Red Poles’ two course regional lunch and art tour, Sabella Vineyards’ hands on vineyard tour and barrel tasting, and Vale Ale.
Make Your Own Wine Blend – Options include Penfolds’ Make Your Own Blend and Blend it Like Blass at Wolf Blass.
Preserving, Smoking and Curing with Producers of McLaren Vale – this is the place to try cheese, bread and sausage making, olive oil processing, preserving, butchery, smoking and curing experiences.
Paddock to Plate, a food safari with in Kangaroo Island – focusing on the Island’s diversity of produce and the passion of the producers, a full day can incorporate seafood, artisan cheese, olive oil, honey, marron (an Australian freshwater crayfish), native spices, yoghurt and wine. For example, Sue and Dan Pattingale are renowned olive oil producers – their herbaceous, peppery oil is harvested from ancient, gnarled trees from across the Island.
The Eyre Peninsula’s Seafood and Aquaculture Trail – a self-drive experience showcasing the best the region has to offer – southern bluefin tuna, abalone, oyster, prawns, scallops and southern rock lobster.
Chocovino, Hahndorf Hill Winery – this Adelaide Hills experience pairs wine and chocolate tasting experiences based on the concept that gourmet chocolate, as with fine wine, has the ability to reflect terroir (how geography, geology and climate of a certain place, interact with plant genetics).
Seppeltsfield in the Barossa offers guests the rare opportunity to ‘taste your birth year wine’.
Mark Gleeson and Adelaide Central Market – over 140 years old and featuring a huge range of fresh produce with over 80 plus specialist stalls, this is the backdrop for Mark Gleeson’s Central Market Tour. Mark has 30 years experience as a chef and 20 years as a stallholder which allows him to provide visitors with the opportunity to interact with suppliers, producers and retailers whilst receiving a level of history and product knowledge.
Famous Food Products
Haigh’s Chocolates - when staying in Adelaide, make your first port of call Haigh’s Chocolates flagship store. All Haigh’s chocolates are handmade and the finest quality is guaranteed. If you are feeling hungry try the giant Haigh’s chocolate frog.
Fruchocs – officially declared a state heritage icon in 2006. A sweet fruit filling covered with delicious milk chocolate. If you love them enough you can even joint the ‘Fruchocs Appreciation Society’.
Coffin Bay Oysters – fresh oysters from the pure waters off the Eyre Peninsula. It is little wonder Coffin Bay oysters are found in top restaurants around Australia and the world.
Penfolds and Jacob’s Creek Wines – Australia’s two most famous wine brands. Both of them proudly call South Australia home and export their product globally. Visit their cellar doors in Adelaide and the Barossa.
Kangaroo Island Ligurian Honey - Kangaroo Island is home to the purest strain of bee in the world, the Ligurian bee. Declared a Ligurian Bee Sanctuary in 1885, Kangaroo Island’s bees originally came from the Italian province of Liguria.
Fresh Fruit in Season – being surrounded by rolling farmland and gardens means that there is always fresh fruit on offer. Pick up strawberries or apples direct from the farm or visit the Adelaide Central Market for the best selection in town.
Tasting Australia 2014 - it is Australia’s premier culinary festival. It will next take place April 27 to May 4 with events throughout Adelaide and across the region. This year’s festival will feature eight days of activities, including four headline events for die-hard foodies and a range of events for the wider public. Renowned South Australian chef, Simon Bryant, and wine expert, Paul Henry, will head up the creative team and are joined by food icon Maggie Beer as the festival patron.
AirAsia X flies five times weekly from its hub in Kuala Lumpur to Adelaide International Airport. AirAsia X will be increasing its flight frequency to Adelaide to seven times weekly from Dec 1 onwards. It is the only direct low cost service between Malaysia and Adelaide. Visit www.airasia.com for more info.