My Barossa Day #16 - Slow down and roam to our hearts content

A submission from Kerstin Ward-Lohmeyer , Barossa Visitor Centre

I can hardly wait until we are free to roam, to our hearts content through, the beautiful Barossa again. 

A smorgasbord of options presents itself so how do I want to go about it, where do I start? I have a special friend visiting from Adelaide and in a way we would like to cram as much as possible into a day to make up for lost time. However we decide to take it slow, no rushing, more is less. Not exactly looking for large crowds just small little treasures to get used to being around groups and enjoying the ‘freedom in the air’.

We will start the day with a stroll through the Barossa Bushgardens in Nuriootpa. How much have things grown since our last visit, getting inspired for more native plantings at home, enjoying the tranquility of this fantastic community project established in 2001 by a group of volunteers with the aim to preserve local plants native to the Barossa, the birdlife is always an absolute joy to watch. I just love this place.

Barista SistaThis will be followed with a light breakfast at Barista Sista in the main street of Nuriootpa, vegan options are also available and the organic coffee is just the fix we need after our little walk. Their coffee never fails.

While we are so close we stop at Linke’s Bakehouse & Pantry across the road for some bread and treats later and just a few meters away from Barista Sista we stock up on some of Linke’s Butcher delicious smoked goods, especially the Lachsschinken smoked in their own smoke house. (We always make sure we have a small esky in the car, just in case).

Maybe a quick browse through Orchard Lane next door (it is almost guaranteed we will find something irresistible amongst their wonderful selection of ladies clothing and accessories – well let’s treat ourselves).

Now it is time to show off one of our most beautiful cellar doors to my friend (of course, we all know, we have an unlimited number of most beautiful cellar doors in the Barossa). I am sure she will be truly impressed by my choice for the day, Elderton Wines. The stunning homestead of the Ashmead Family – now the cellar door and it’s beautiful gardens and  surrounds invite to spend time, a bit of tasting and then a glass of their delicious Eden Valley Riesling or maybe one of their famous reds over a yummy local platter to share, depending on the weather either outside or by the fire are equally convincing and totally enjoyable options.Elderton Wines

We could have a coffee there but decide after a lot of lingering to continue on to Provenance Barossa. Tucked behind the buildings is the location of Bean Addiction, and true to its name offers several tasting experiences which we might leave for another time. Today it’s just a wonderful cup of coffee or tea served by Damien always with a smile and great passion. We will sit outside if weather permits and then also stock up on some of his very own special blends.

A bit more fun to come by finishing the afternoon with lots of laughs. I am lucky to live very close to Barossa Bowland, so we park my car at home and walk across for a game of mini golf which no doubt will be hilarious, my friend can’t resist and I need to take a lot of photos of her next to her new friends the big ancient beasts. Barossa Bowland is licensed and whoever of us has the best score will shout a local wine to go with a couple of Bowland’s much praised wood oven baked pizzas.

Who wouldn’t call this a wonderful and perfect day in the Barossa!