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Published: February 11th 2018
Well what a lovely cruisey day! A sleep in to begin with! No need to be at the bus station till 8.45! What luxury!! We had a lovely little group with a mixture of international tourists and even locals.
A Scottish official in South Australia was told to gather more settlers for the state, when he heard of a group of Germans who were being persecuted for their religious beliefs in their own country. Being a Scotsman, who had his kinfolk persecuted for their Catholicism, he could sympathise. The German settlers were invited over. They brought some vines with them, and picked up more at South Africa along the way. Following a very informative and picturesque drive we arrived at a little winery called TeAro Estate, set up four generations ago by a couple of German settlers, but given the name by some NZ labourers who were helping them set up. We were given tea/coffee and cake initially, then followed by a wonderfully narrated wine tasting with family backstories for each selection. It was really enjoyable, but the wines did not inspire us.
We continued on in our coach then to Maggie Beer’s pheasant farm where they recreated her
kitchen to use as the TV set of her show. Everything was laid out with tasting spoons - pates, pastes, jams, sauces, relishes - you name it! We bought some pate and a cabernet paste to use over the next couple of nights. They packed it in ice for us, in a thermal-smart bag with Maggie’s name on the front! Tres excitement!
After Maggie’s we continued on to Lambert’s winery. This winery was set up when a businessman came over to SA from Wisconsin and fell in love with the area. He decided to retire out here with his wife and set up a winery, which he did. A year later their son came out, loved the area too and enrolled in a winemakers course. Here he fell in love and married a fellow student and now are both winemakers in the family business. We were greeted with a tasting plate, like an antipasto platter, and the wines were amazing. We bought one to have with lunch, in shares with a lovely Scottish couple that we’d been enjoying the company of (actually from the Orkneys and this is like their fourth trip to Australia! - they came down on
the Ghan, we’ve met four different lots of people who came in on the Ghan the other day!). Then lunch came out - wonderful salads, a beautiful lamb terrine, chicken and roast pumpkin. Followed by a chocolate port. Quite delicious!
After lunch we drove on to a lookout - Manglers Hill, I think it was called - with a sculpture park set up in it - beautiful views of the Barossa. We then continued on to Pindari wines, in a most idyllic setting. Their wines were not so engaging. We snoozed on the way back in to Adelaide, making it in time to pick up some cheese, a couple steaks and veggies at Coles to take back to our apartment to have with our pate, cheese and wine. Lovely day, very relaxed.
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