Even More Wine Tasting

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Glenelg-at Sheila's Sister Pat's House

Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Tuesday, February 16, 2010

We spent a few days in the Napa of Australia, in Adelaide on the coast of Australia.  We rented a car and explored this popular wine region.  Our friend Shelia, that we are staying with in Sydney, set us up with her sister Pat who lives in Adelaide.  We stayed at Pat's house, which is a ten minute walk from the gorgeous Glenelg Beach.  It was a really nice vacation from our vacation.  We spent the first day wine tasting our way through the small and rural Mclaren Vale, which is a cute and quaint wine region with beautiful views of the ocean from up in the hills.  There are lots of little boutique wineries, the people were so friendly and spent a lot of time with us talking about the local wines, we absolutely loved it.  The next day we drove north about 2 hours out of the city to the Barossa Valley, the most well known wine region in Australia.  Barossa is a large wine region spread-out through several towns and has a lot of history with some of the oldest vineyards in Australia.  One of our favorite spots was at the Sepptelfield winery where we were elbow deep in fortified wines.  We tried Port, Tawny, Tokay, Sherry, and a few others that varied in flavors of molasses and fruit.  It was a very educational and tasty experience that left us feeling very giddy. 

That evening we vistited a nature reserve just outside of the valley.  We sat by a lake and watched the sun go down with a bottle of wine and a couple pizzas.  Just as we hoped, a kangaroo came out of the bush for a drink of water from the lake.  Since kangaroos are known to come out at dawn and dusk, we saw groups of them as we drove through the reserve. It is amazing how much they camoflauge with their environment, you almost can't even see them until you are right on top of them and they start moving.  The wild kangarros are actually quite large, so it can be a little startling when you find yourself right on top of one, but they are very timid creatures. 

We loved Mclaren Vale so much that we went back on our third and last day in Adelaide to a few more wineries that we missed.  And did I mention that nearly all wine tasting in Australia is FREE, we were in heaven.  On our way back to the airport, we stopped in a small German village in the Adelaide Hills called Handorf.  It was a very charming little village, we had some German beers at a pub and some lovely apple strudel from a little bakery.  We also bought some German sausage coated in chilli called "bum burner."  CHEERS
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