South Australia has a bountiful offering when it comes to local food, drink and produce. If it takes an interstate visit from the rellies to immerse yourself in our state exports, you’re doing it wrong. Fritz compiled a list of the best tours and South Australian experiences you can do – right now. No excuses.
Penfolds Twilight Tour & Luxury Degustation Dinner
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to visit the birthplace of Australia’s most famous wine? Well, ponder no more – with a luxury tour of Penfolds Magill Estate. Experience a guided historical tour of the renowned winery, where you’ll visit the Grange Cottage and their famous vintage cellar. You’ll also be taken through the underground drives and see the original hiding spot of Maxwell Schubert’s hidden Grange. These experimental plonks were initially shunned by the wine-elite, but a bottle of this drop from the 1950s is now worth upwards of $35,000. Next, you will be experiencing the pinnacle of home-grown dining, with a seven-course degustation experience that’d make Heston’s eyes water. Each plate is perfectly paired with Penfolds plonk – a seriously one-of-a-kind experience.
Call for dates, 4.5 hours. 78 Penfold Rd, Magill. Tickets $555pp
Haigh’s Chocolate Factory Tour
Haigh’s Chocolate has been a South Australian staple since 1915. With business booming, it was in 1917 that Alfred E Haigh bought the Parkside family home and land. He turned it into our very own Willy Wonka Chocolate factory. You can tour this heavenly wonderland most days of the week, still in its original Parkside location. On this tour, you can see the confectioner wizards using artisan skills to create and hand-finish the delicious range of chocolates. You can even try the creations in special tastings and enjoy complimentary tea and coffee. Best of all, the tour is free of charge, but bookings are essential to avoid disappointment. To book call 08 8372 7070.
Monday to Friday, 10am and 4pm, Saturday’s 10am and 1.30pm. 154 Greenhill Rd, Parkside. FREE
Royal Adelaide Wine Show – Taste Of The Best
Love wine but can’t decide which wineries to explore? The Royal Adelaide Wine Show has your back. Showcasing the 2,500 new-release vintages and award-winning wines entered in the 2017 Royal Adelaide Wine Show, this experience is a grape escape. For the price of a good bottle of wine, tickets include a tasting glass to keep, live entertainment, cocktail food and a catalogue of results, listing all the quaffable wines on offer.
Friday 29 September, 6pm to 8:30pm. Wayville Pavilion, Adelaide Showground.
Dillons Norwood Bookshop
In a world of big conglomerates running the book market, it’s a relief to see bookstores like Dillons still holding strong. They’ve been trading as Dillons for more than 25 years, and for good reason. Check their Facebook as they often hold events in store. The shop is full of nooks, crannies, and page-turners – with something for everyone.
Dillons Norwood Bookshop, 166 The Parade, Norwood.
Beerenberg Farm Shop & Strawberry Picking
If you are looking for a great family experience, look no further than South Australian farm Beerenberg. Residing just on the cusp of Hahndorf, there is plenty to see, try and discover (and taste). The Farm Shop is a great place to start. Try all the products on Beerenberg’s roster (some products are not available elsewhere), chat to staff about the farm, and see where all the products are made. If you visit the farm between November and April, you can pick your own strawberries (check their website to make sure it’s open on your chosen day). Finally, you can walk the Strawberry Trail, which joins the farm to the Main Street of Hahndorf. The signs, co-funded by the Beerenberg Foundation, provide a cultural appreciation and historical perspective about the life of the early pioneers who settled the township of Hahndorf. It’s the perfect way to enjoy a stroll in the sunshine while making your way back into town to check out other traders.
St. Agnes Distillery
Informative and personal, the Angove Family share their legacy through their premium brandy. Voted ‘Best Brandy in the World’ on three separate occasions, visiting the distillery in Renmark should definitely be on your bucket list. On a tour of the distillery and the barrel hall, it feels as if you are walking through a family home with a long-lost cousin. You’ll discover the ‘heart spirit’ and taste a sleeping adolescent brandy – alongside many other highlights. Even those who are yet to be introduced to the third most consumed spirit in the world will find this tour enriching and informative. Tours are only available through booking, so make sure to contact the distillery direct to partake in this unique experience.
Monday to Saturday, 10:30am. 271 Bookmark Avenue, Renmark. Tickets $15
Feast On Foot
When it comes to exploring local delights, walking food tours are the best way to experience the sights, smells, and flavours of Adelaide. Feast On Foot has heaps of tours to choose from, each specialising in different aspects of our culinary multiculturalism. One highlight is the Dumpling Tour, where you’ll be taken to several superb dumpling spots. Not only do you get to taste the little parcels of deliciousness, you will also learn some fascinating facts about each establishment. Check their website for all the fabulous tours you can experience, any time of year. Tours last about 2.5 hours and the ticket price includes all food on the tour.
Saturday’s, 2:30pm. Gouger St Chinese Gates (corner of Gouger and Moonta Streets). Tickets from $49
Adelaide’s Top Food & Wine Tours
If you’ve ever wanted to discover regional parts of South Australia, but were restricted by travel demands or unable to partake in any drinking, Adelaide Top Food & Wine Tours are for you. ATF&WT is a family owned business, operated by Danny and Innez Blackman, who are both passionate believers of providing small personal and interactive tours. Their repertoire of tours is impressive, covering destinations from Clare Valley to Kangaroo Island. Each tour is different and operates on a weekly roster, so it’s as easy as picking a destination and booking online.
West End Brewery Tour
Have you ever wanted to go behind closed doors and see exactly how your favourite local beer is created? You can. The West End Brewery has been a part of Port Road’s landscape since 1859, but underwent a $70 million make-over in 2015, making it the perfect time to tour this South Australian icon. The 90-minute tour will take through the brewing process, how the beers are packaged and concludes with a beer tasting session with your guide. The tours are available for individuals or groups; you simply need to book a time through West End’s website.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 11am and 1pm.107 Port Rd, Thebarton. Tickets $27
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