BEST THINGS TO DO IN McLAREN VALE
A local guide of the best places to eat, drink, stay, relax and
explore in McLaren Vale and the Fleurieu Peninsula
Spring Guide 2017
TO PERK UP // De Groot Coffee
Four hundred years ago coffee was hauled across the globe in hulking sailboats, and losing half the crew along the way wasn’t unheard of. Luckily, things are a tad easier today.
But the craving for good coffee hasn’t changed. With nearly 30 years of combined experience in the coffee industry, De Groot Co. have dedicated the last few years to the pursuit of quality coffee.
Check out De Groots digs in Port Elliot or enjoy their coffee throughout many renowned coffee shops in Adelaide.
TO EAT // Small World Bakery
For all those that like a little artisan crush, Small World Bakery are the forerunners. They have commenced sourcing a variety of older wheats and other heritage grains such as Einkorn, Emmer, Spelt and Khorsan. Only a minute amount of these seeds are available and plantings are in Langhorne Creek, but it will take several years until sufficient volume is ready to produce flour to use in their bread production.
In the meantime they have ordered and have under construction a 40’’ American Stone Mill—the first to be commissioned outside of North America. As they expand the area of grain and growth their job is to also encourage other growers into producing these fantastic grains.
The best part is you can order your bread online. It is delivered to the Adelaide CBD for free..so jump on now. Dare I say ‘Raisin Rye’ out loud ;-)
TO READ // Wine Dogs Australia 5
Anyone who visits a winery can’t help but notice the omnipresent dog – as much a part of the place as the winemaker or the cellar hand.
This fifth edition of Wine Dogs Australia is a large-format book and features over 150 wineries from around the country with stunning portraits of their loyal pooches.
Along the way, the mutts and pure breds are interspersed with short essays by Australian wine writers.
You will treasure this glossy coffee table book and have a few giggles as you flip the pages.
Wine dogs Australia 5 will be released in September for purchase online or in participating wineries and cellar doors.
TO EXPERIENCE // Ferment the Festival
Ferment the Festival will showcase some of Australia’s finest cheese makers and artisan producers of fermented foods and beverages over four fabulous days.
Ferment the Festival is the progression of the decade long and critically acclaimed cheesefest. Director, cheesemaker and South Australian premium food and wine ambassador, Kris Lloyd is the driving force behind the successful festival and now brings her next distinctive foodie experience to South Australia. Visitors to Ferment the Festival will be able to indulge in all things fermented – which surprisingly covers a wide variety of foods and beverages.
When & Where
Thursday 19 – Sunday 22 Cctober 2017
TO EAT // Drifter Rum
The mod design and simplicity of this distill with just a hint of cinnamon kicks Barcadi’s butt. Produced in the southern Fleurieu, I’m sure the medicinal effect warms the cockles of the surfing heart. There are whispers that a distillery build is in the making. Check out facey and instagram to see where they are selling and pouring. A recent Drifter cocktail was observed and maybe sampled from ‘The Gallery’ Adelaide. Drifters Rum with Gosling Dry Ginger and dehydrated apple! Oh yeah! Be a purchaser of this small bottle run whilst stocks last.
TO STAY // The Top Shed at Blewitt Springs
Located in the beautiful McLaren Vale wine region, The Top Shed is a converted ensuite shed on our 2.5 acre property in Blewitt Springs. It’s the perfect space for solo travellers visiting the region on business, or a couple wanting to get away to the McLaren Vale wine region for some privacy without the price tag.
Many overseas and local guests are mesmerized by a mob of kangaroo’s grazing at the end of the day. A real wild life show.
ASK A LOCAL // Nicky Connolly
Direct Marketing @ Oliver’s Taranga
Favourite hiding spot?
On the Heysen Trail – Deep Creek National Park.
Favourite place to eat?
Delicious breaky and coffee at Coffee Factory, Port Noarlunga.
BEST THINGS TO DO IN McLAREN VALE // Other Links
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