From a TV chef to some of the region’s finest wines and food, Artisans of the Barossa is a must-see
If you are anything like me, then organising a trip to a wine region, especially if you have limited time on the ground, can be daunting.
There are brochures, maps and laptop all to be simultaneously consulted on the dining room table to ensure that the visit runs with military precision and that as many of the region’s highlights are covered as possible.
Despite these lofty aspirations, it’s often easier said than done.
Factor in driving times between cellar doors, a lazy lunch or other such distractions and even the best laid plans can go astray.
Australia’s most famous wine region, the Barossa, has over 170 wineries and countless restaurants and sights to lead you astray.
Collective cellar door experiences are one solution to the problem, and in this neck of the woods, the Artisans of the Barossa cellar door at the base of the region’s eastern range in Vine Vale is one of the country’s benchmarks.
For starters, it is home to six of the Barossa’s finest wine producers – Hobbs of the Barossa Ranges, John Duval Wines, Massena, Schwarz Wine Co, Sons of Eden & Spinifex.
With wines from the ex-Penfolds wine maestro responsible for Grange to some of the hottest up-and-coming wineries in Australia, it really is the ideal place to spend some time to get a handle on what the Barossa has to offer.
Artisans of the Barossa sales and marketing manager, Sally Johnson explains: “A visit to Artisans provides visitors with a snapshot of the diversity and scope of the Barossa from six small wineries that are producing some of the region’s most exciting wines.”
Secondly, its location is spectacular with sweeping views across the vines and its deck is the perfect place to sit back with a glass of wine and watch the sun descend over the western ridge.
And lastly, the food is fantastic. Harvest Kitchen is the brainchild of MasterChef 2014 finalist and local girl, Tracy Collins and transplanted Melbourne foodie and restaurant wizard, Peter Little.
Describing Harvest Kitchen, Tracy remarks “Our mantra is honest generous flavours highlighting the amazing produce from the Barossa and South Australia”.
“It’s a communal dining experience with wine compatible food that matches the offerings of the Artisans of the Barossa perfectly… all in a beautiful setting.”
It has great views, wines and food and friendly knowledgeable staff all in the one package.
They are onto a winner here at Artisans of the Barossa and you might end up spending the whole afternoon here.
Now, about that itinerary we planned …