We took the long route down from Brisbane to Tasmania with detours via Griffith and Adelaide. While in Adelaide I was lucky enough to spend some quality time with my Husband’s family in the Adelaide Hills, an area I’ve not spent much time in.
We started off with a quick drive up to Mt Barker Summit, which can be driven, ridden or walked. It was a clear day so we were lucky to get 360 degree views of the countryside. This area has a long history of German settlers (check out Harndorf) that is evident in the cobble styled structures that dot the countryside and add bucket loads of rustic charm to the area.
Following the stellar visit to The Bird in Hand, we dropped in at Melba Chocolate Factory; but more importantly we stopped in quickly to the Woodside Cheese Wrights and did a quick cheese tasting. And oh my, their cheeses were amazing! I managed to walk away with only 1 block, such great self-control right? It was the Monet Chevre (see below), which meant the chevre was topped with a bright array of edible organic flowers. Nearly too good to eat; but we managed.
On the way home we stopped quickly at the Green Valley strawberry farm and bought a punnet of freshly picked strawberries, easily the best I’ve ever had.
We had managed to cram all of this into a ½ day without feeling like we were pressured or exhausted and not too sleepy considering the wine I enjoyed so much. This was just a tiny portion of the Adelaide Hills, there are so many more places to see and I cant wait to come back!
During my quick visit to Adelaide Hills I was lucky enough to stop over at Bird in Hand winery and cellardoor.
Having sampled a bottle of their Rose the day before, I was fairly eager to check out their cellardoor and the estate and Bird in Hand excelled my expectations. Green vines greeted us surrounded by rolling green hills; perched on top was a stunning sandstone building and bright blue silos behind, you really couldn’t miss it. I later learned that the site was once a dairy farm, many of the original structures remain and have been transformed to house different areas of the winery including the two big blue silos which were once used as grain storage for the cattle.
There were only another two devotees sampling at the cellardoor when we arrived, benefits of visiting mid week. The lady serving, Rachael, was lovely. She was knowledgeable, polite and wasn’t averse to cracking a few funnies throughout the visit. There were 21 different wines to taste, more if you paid for the premium range, and with Rachael fuelling my wino tendencies, I managed to get through the majority of the wines on offer in the hour we were there.
I had a very memorable experience and cannot recommend it enough. So if ever you’re in the area, Bird in Hand should not be missed!
My ratings for the winery:
Estate and grounds: 5/5
Overall Experience: 5/5 – great winery, will definitely frequent again!
General Information: Charges for tastings: no charge for the 21 on their listing. If you want to taste the premium range (there are 3 levels and you get to taste the other 2 for free) there is a charge of $35 Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 10am to 5pm, Weekends & Public Holidays: 11am to 5pm My favourite wines: Pinot Noir Sparkling, Honeysuckle Riesling and Nero d’Avola Address: Pfeiffer Rd, Woodside SA Website: http://www.birdinhand.com.au/ Other amenities onsite: Lovely outdoors area where you can enjoy a glass of wine, a new restaurant / gallery and a functions area in the barrel room. They were setting up for a wedding when we were there.