It’s all about opulent produce, the finest wines and dazzling scenic backdrops along The Epicurean Way. A feast of the senses awaits, and you’re in the driver’s seat.
DO Departing Adelaide’s CBD, you’ll take in McLaren Vale, the Adelaide Hills, the Barossa Valley and the Clare Valley. Rustic restaurants, cellar door wineries, microbreweries, dairy farms and fruit orchards line the drive, so pull in wherever takes your fancy. In McLaren Vale, drop in at d’Arenberg winery, Blessed Cheese providore, and The Elbow Room, or try the mini road trip on the McMurtrie Mile. In Adelaide Hills, home to the highlight Hahndorf Hill Winery, try the ChocoVino experience. If your sweet tooth isn’t sated, make a beeline for Beerenberg Farm, where you can pick strawberries from November to April. In the Barossa Valley, sample world-class wines at Jacob’s Creek, Penfolds and Seppeltsfield vineyards. Take the Taste Your Birth Year tour at Seppeltsfield Winery, and the Make Your Own Blend experience at Penfolds. As you bid the Barossa goodbye, stop in to Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop. At Clare Valley, check out sacramental winery Sevenhill Cellars, or the Knappstein cellar door, renowned for award-winning rieslings. Wind down with a scenic drive back to Adelaide – or hit the open road and head north to the famed Flinders Ranges.
EAT AND DRINK From Wednesday to Sunday in McLaren Vale, we recommend lunch at Fino Willunga. Lobethal Bierhaus in the Adelaide Hills has 12 brews on tap and tasty pub staples. Upscale degustation at Hentley Farm in Seppeltsfield is highly recommended, and the long lunches at Skillogalee in the Clare Valley are something to savour.
STAY In McLaren Vale, stay overnight at McLaren Eye, an ecologically sustainable architectural masterpiece that watches over the region. In the Barossa, beautiful B&B accommodation options abound – try the award-winning Seppeltsfield Vineyard Cottage for two. Clare Valley Cabins has character cottages and a converted 1860s chapel to choose from, sleeping between two and six people.
GET THERE The Epicurean Way links South Australia’s four iconic wine regions. It can take up to four days to complete the self-guided road trip, so consider it for a long weekend and tailor stops to your personal tastes.