You know the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words”? Well for this blog I thought we would let the pictures do the talking. We have been in Australia since the 1st of January. During that time we spent a week in Sydney, three days in Adelaide for an orientation with our visa sponsor Bibber, and we are now in the Barossa Valley where we have been working/playing for the past 2 weeks.
There is a strong sense of community in the Barossa and the wine and food culture here is fantastic. Other than a few bouts of intense heat and adjusting to driving on the left (left, LEFT, LEFT!!!), we really have no complaints. We are living in the heart of the Barossa, surrounded by wineries and cellar doors, a.k.a. tasting rooms. It has provided us the opportunity to immerse ourselves in winemaking styles and tastes that are much different than what we previously experienced in Europe and South America.
That’s enough from me, time for some pictures. I hope you enjoy them. Cheers!
Here are the places and spaces we enjoyed:
The Barossa Cheese Co. – Stop by for a cheese tasting. You won’t be disappointed. We are told the owner of this cute cheese shop used to be a winemaker. Sounds pretty genius to me.
The Lyndoch Lavender Farm and Cafe – Try the lavender ice cream and learn about the distillation process to extract lavender oil. Pretty interesting.
Artisan’s of Barossa – tasting room, they have a different small production winemaker pouring every weekend. We enjoyed Schwarz wines and the winemaker is a great dude too!
Taste Eden Valley – Stop here to try some of the wines from the Barossa’s higher elevation/cooler climate valley
Bethany Wines – So we might be a little biased, but the winery is located in an old quarry and the Schrapel family has been growing grapes here for over 150 years!
Casacarboni Italian cooking school & enoteca in Angaston – stop here for a glass of organic Italian or French wine, a small plate and a cooking class. The owners Fiona (Australian) and Matteo (Italian) are so friendly and amazing cooks! Everything is made from scratch!
Rockford Wines – Great little place to taste! Try the Rosè that’s not really a Rosè, Alicante Bouchet
Barossa Farmer’s Market – experience the best of the fresh, local bounty!
Cleland Wildlife Park – Can’t get much closer to the locals than this! Pet and feed animals unique to Australia. Awesome!
Sydney Opera House – Even the bad seats aren’t that bad. This is a bucket list addition for sure.