It was an early 7:45am start to my Barossa Valley wine tour. For the world of me, I was unclear was why we anyone they would plan to get us drinking that early but hey, that’s just me. Thankfully, it was a slow start in the morning where we made some insignificant tourist stops such as Rocking Horse and Whispering Wall before hitting the first of our four wineries. Granted, we were at Richmond Grove before 11am but the double-digit makes it a little more acceptable in my books. The buzz started early and continued on at Jacob’s Creek. The first two wineries were my favourite of the day. The third stop was Seppeltsfield where the lady doing our tasting seemed a little less than enthusiastic to be stuck with us. After the turbo tasting was completed (she kept pouring wines that resembled the taste of overly sweet vinegar until we gave up on her), we made our way to the BBQ being prepared for us.
The BBQ meal being prepared consisted of steak and salads. Kangaroo steak, just encase you were curious. This was my first time trying Kangaroo and I’m not 100% sure if I’m a fan. The meat was a little tough and tasted more of marinate than anything else. I think my main roadblock, however, is the cuteness of the animal than anything to do with texture or taste. Next time, I think its best that I just stick to chicken.
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Us on the tour
If you’re going into wine country than the only way to start off the weekend is by visiting wineries. Courtesy of a winemaker flatmate – we were given the insider scoop on what would be the best tour to book in the region. The tour started off with silly questions such as what kind of wine do you like…hmm, is ALL somehow the wrong answer? Well I hope not as that’s what the 5 of us chimed in with. We like red…we like white…we like New Zealand wine and so on. Turns out we were a van full of girls that were not picky about the wine we drink – BIG SURPRISE!
All afternoon, we drove from winery to winery and sampled the best the region had to offer. At each winery we started out with whites and finished with reds. In between all the drinking we stopped for a delicious lunch at Elephant Hill. I followed that up with chocolate snacks after tasting #3 (what’s a girl to do…they were looking at me from the counter screaming “mmm…chocolate!”) and then finished off the day with a little wine and cheese while basking in the autumn sunlight. It was a great first day in Napier. I was surrounded by good company, nice food, and great wine – what more could I ask for.
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