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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Oct-Nov
Eat, drink and be merry H ome to more than 200 cellar doors and countless farmers markets, Adelaide Hills and the Barossa region is a mecca for culinary enthusiasts. This city is cut from a different cloth to most of Australia’s capitals, as locals and visitors cruise along at a gentler pace, stopping to smell the wine now and then. If your idea of a holiday consists of lazing about with a glass of wine and a wedge of brie, meandering down a heritage trail and foraging through markets, Adelaide’s gorgeous collection of rural towns might just be the place for your next retreat. The Barossa In Australia’s uncontested wine capital, ladies and gents of leisure can choose to take a guided wine tour, or make their own way from cellar to cellar. The Barossa should be your first port of call, where the drizzly, overcast climate is ideal for red wine vineyards. With over 150 wineries split across two regions, it can be difficult to know where to start. That’s one of the benefits of a guided tour – most of them will collect you from your hotel and ferry you about in a luxury minivan. Just hop on board and let someone else do the legwork. The more adventurous tourist can opt to travel on foot, as most wineries are clustered together within walking (or after a few samples, stumbling) distance. While not all cellars are open to the public, avid wine connoisseurs can call in advance to request a private viewing or to meet their favourite winemaker. The Barossa is home to many well-loved labels, including Jacob’s Creek, Yalumba, Penfolds, Peter Lehmann and Henschke. With plenty of winding heritage trails and a full calendar of arts festivals year -round, this wine region is a beautiful marriage of European style and the Aussie outback spirit. McLaren Vale For travellers who prefer to stay away from tourist hotspots, McLaren Vale is a lesser known alternative to the Barossa. Located within minutes of the coastline, the Vale enjoys a war mer, almost Mediterranean climate, ideal for producing shiraz, grenache, cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay. Take a stroll through the charming Coriole Vineyards, where the horizon is peppered with ironstone barns and thatched cottages. An Australian specialist in shiraz, the Coriole Vineyards operate from a farmhouse originally built in the 1860s. Famous for its endless vineyards and winding walking tracks, the regional provinces of Adelaide are the perfect destination for a foodie getaway, as Ann Luff found. TRAVEL DOMESTIC 22 | www.probussouthpacific.org
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