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Travel Tales: Barossa Valley and Hanhdorf

During my trip to Adelaide, I did a couple of tours on the side. I had contemplated renting a car initially but then realised I wouldn’t be able to taste many wines if I was drinking. Consequently, I decided going on a wine tour to the Barossa Valley would be my best option. The downside, of course, is that you only get to visit the wineries chosen by the tour companies and not some of the smaller ones.

Seppeltsfield winery

The tour I chose took us to Seppeltsfield winery to start off and I indulged in tasting almost all the wines. I wasn’t a fan of some of the whites as I’m more of a red wine person. I loved their pink Moscato, their Elixir collection and the sparkling Shiraz. Shiraz is not my favourite; I tend to prefer Merlots or Temperanillos. I ended up purchasing five bottles from here as I’ve never seen their wines in the stores before.

100-year-old port at Seppeltsfield – costs a bomb
Wolf Blass

We went to Wolf Blass winery next where we tasted some of their award-winning wines. None of them suited my palate. As part of the tour, we were provided with a three-course meal along with some Penfold’s wines to taste. It was an indulgent morning indeed!

Gold label wines
Three-course lunch
Autumn colours

Next stop was Hanhdorf, a small German town in South Australia. We were given a couple of hours to explore and I fell in love with the architecture and the quirky shops. Most of all, it was amazing to see the beginning of autumn as the red-gold leaves lined the main street. Because I was full from the lunch, I was unable to sample any of the German beers and treats here but enjoyed just checking out the little shops and street.

Sights at Hanhdorf
Beautiful building in Hanhdorf

When I go back, I’d love to go with a few people and check out some of the smaller wineries and taste different wines. It was lovely to do be part of a tour and meet people from various parts of Australia and the world but I wish we could have checked out other wineries and places too.

Stay tuned for the final instalment on Victor Harbor next week.

***Linking with Denyse for Life this week and Alicia for Open Slather***

Until next time,

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  • Suger
    19 March 2018 at 10:51 am

    Oh man, I love the Barossa and this spot in particular is amazing. We did a wine tasting there that started my love of all things (okay, most things, some are rubbish) Sparkling Shiraz. Haha.
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  • Vanessa
    19 March 2018 at 11:05 am

    Hanhdorf is so pretty and photogenic, isn’t it?
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  • Sydney Shop Girl
    19 March 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Such a pretty part of the world!

    SSG xxx

  • Kirsty Russell
    19 March 2018 at 4:29 pm

    I remember having Seppelts wine at our wedding, nearly 18 years ago now! I’ve never been to Adelaide, let alone the Barossa but I would love to get there one day.

  • Jan Wild
    20 March 2018 at 10:31 am

    It’s such a long time since I have been to the Barossa Valley. I would love to go back to Hahndorf, such a pretty town.

  • Lindsay
    20 March 2018 at 1:44 pm

    What a pretty place! I’ve always wanted to do a wine tour but afraid I’d get too bombed. Hahaha!
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  • Denyse
    20 March 2018 at 6:47 pm

    I have never been to SA but my parents and their friends loved doing tours around the various states in their retirement and visits to the wineries was up there. Thank you for sharing..those autumn colours are a delight. I thought there were not many places to see autumn leaves up here until last year when I went exploring to Matcham (and saw some pretty awesome properties too!) Thank you for linking up for #ltw 12/52. Next week’s optional prompt (& marking 1/4 of way through 2018!) is “origin of my name’. Denyse x
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  • Rachna
    21 March 2018 at 1:05 pm

    I liked reading about this winery tour. It brought back beautiful memories from the one I had taken in Tuscany, Italy last year.

    28 March 2018 at 4:28 pm

    What gorgeous colors on that tree Sanch- well cpatured. And the wineries sounded intresting too. I had done a simialr tour in Paris and was delighted with the number of wines I could taste. The history if wine making and the cellars were a delight too.