It’s not enough for Appellation’s chefs to source local food from around the Barossa. They take the neighbourhood feeling a step further and pick produce from their own garden, butcher and cure their own meats, bake their own breads and regularly visit their suppliers to ensure that the raw ingredients going into their award-winning kitchen are as fine as the presentation and service in the restaurant. Appellation celebrates the local feeling with an a la carte seasonal menu and a five-course tasting menu that can be matched with wine. A fine touch elevates the earthy feel in dishes such as pork rillettes with black garlic and enoki mushroom, or chargrilled loin of wild-caught venison with sautéed mushrooms and pine nuts. The extensive wine list features classic Barossa selections and surprises from tiny artisan producers.
Appellation is located in Marananga, near Tanunda, and is a bike ride or easy drive to some fantastic wineries and charming cellar doors, including Rockford, Charles Melton and Turkey Flat. Tanunda is a town of 4700 people marked by church spires and the dark ironstone cottages and barns of the region’s early European settlers. The Barossa Visitor Information Centre (66 Murray St, Tanunda) is open seven days a week.