A Summer Weekend in the Adelaide Hills
For most, summer is a time for working on your tan. Sure you could spend your day at the beach for a dip in the ocean. But, it is also a time to celebrate food, wine and agriculture.
South Australian’s are lucky to have access to some of the best producers only 20 minutes away from the CBD. Book your GoGet a day in advance and get ready to tackle Adelaide Hills like a local. This trip brought to you by our friends at Yelp.
9am – Good morning adventurer! Get out of bed and dress comfy. You’re in for a treat! What better way to start a day by getting some exercise and gathering some summer fruits. We are headed to Montacute Valley Orchards. With over 35 varieties of cherries, 3 varieties of lemons, 30 varieties of peaches and nectarines you’ll be spoilt for choice. This is also your chance to start your day naughty and try a freshly blended fruit ice cream. Full of homegrown goodness, you will be able to sample flavours like cherry, strawberry, boysenberry, apricot and raspberry.
10:30am – After all that hard work, you have built up an appetite and have a car loaded with treats. It’s time for breakfast so let’s head to the Piccadilly Kitchen. Enjoy a locally roasted Moshico coffee, a sweet treat and a seasonal homegrown breakfast.
11:30am – Now that you are a little more relaxed and your belly is full, let’s take a stroll across the road in the Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens. Discover plants from South America, China, East Africa, New Zealand, South East Asia and North America. This garden is a haven for those who need a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Lie down next to the lake, breathe in that hill’s air and relax.
1:00pm – What’s that? You need lunch and a cheeky wine. Of course! It wouldn’t be a tour through the Adelaide Hills without visiting a winery or two. We could just give you a big long list of cellar doors to visit. But we want to take you where the locals go. So, we are off to Anderson Hill Winery, which hasrguably the best view at a cellar door in the Adelaide Hills. You will enjoy wood oven pizzas and sliders, all married with a fine selection of wine. Be sure to try ask for Coby and try the Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010.
3:00pm – What goes with wine? You got it, cheese! It’s time to sample some cheese at Woodside Cheese Wrights. Offering over 20 different styles of cows and goats milk cheese from a variety of talented producers here in the Adelaide Hills. Don’t leave without trying some of the limited seasonal cheeses – just ask the staff.
4:00pm – Now it is time to show off an award winning winery; Shaw + Smith Wines. Take scenery as you drive into the vineyard. A beautiful lake, rolling hills and rows of vines awaits you. Take a seat on the balcony and settle in for their wine and cheese pairing that will set you back $15. Note the award winning glass of their 2014 Shiraz. Yes, this is the good life!
6:00pm – Ok, it’s been a long day. Like any good local, it’s time for a beer and a hearty meal at the pub. Let’s head to the Stanley Bridge Tavern. Why here? Well, it’s not a flash pub, but it is special. Order yourself a massive plate of their famous ribs and get ready for a good story. This is a story about the Fox Terrier you see on their menu. His name is Benny and he is the pub’s mascot. Why? Well, that is for you to find out from one of the friendly locals at the bar.
Let face it, you’re probably too full to walk. Good work getting through those ribs. So it’s time to head home and think about next weekend’s adventure.