After a very quiet night in the Big 4 Barossa we get all our devices charged up and have the usual outdoor breakfast, the camp is not busy with no families staying, it seems to be all couples and friends travelling together. The site we get is a drive through with plenty of room next to the huge footy oval.
We take a wee walk round the corner to the Barossa village to take a look at the various shops and restaurants. Most of them are the usual butcher, baker and fast food outlets like pizza, a chicken shop and an Indian. Pretty unremarkable really.
We head back to base and change clothes and head out to visit some Barossa wineries. First on the list is the fantastic and arguably one of the best called Rockford.
This one has been around for a long time and produces again arguably some of the best wines out there. They do a sparkling red which ain’t cheap but it is so good. We are given a roadmap of today’s available tasting and go straight for the reds. To demonstrate how good this winery is, we have grapes to eat in front of us and freshly baked bread to eat whilst listening to the sort of each splash we are provided. The building itself is a restored small both looking thing with original stone and a pretty low roof. Liam or Seamus, point is the guy is Irish and is a font of knowledge and helps us try and pick out the blends within each drop which for me is difficult as I am today’s driver. So painful that I actually throw wine away instead of inhaling it as I would normally. Kaz has the luxury of enjoying every drop and that she does happily. We don’t spend too long here and having bought quite a few bottles we leave the order to be shipped in a few weeks time.
Next up and not far is the Langmeil winery which is a much different place compared to Rockford. Very much larger and grander in scale. The tasting cellar door is also huge and there are several groups knocking wines back and having a laugh. The tastings today are being done by a couple of ladies and there are a lot to go through if you choose to but again we try and keep it to a minimum.
One of the ladies actually helps us out in regards to the. Motor racing for tomorrow, she tells us where to get the train and draws us a map on how to get to the track.
With enough tastings for today done and only a couple purchased here we head of in search of food and we have given the name Pindaric to go to for lunch and in no time arrive at a huge farmstead property obviously restored and reminds me of Braye in Burraguerra with it’s wrap around verandah.
The views are magnificent and we step inside the restaurant and it’s a stunner, nothing opulent or fancy but nice decor and a real open feeling. We are a bit late getting here so not many tables eating but we jump in to the menu which we have been told to read then go straight for one of the gourmet pies on offer.
I go for the lemon chicken and Kaz has the lamb both homemade and just fantastic although they come with olives which I try as usual and as usual I don’t like. The rest of the plate is made up of leaves with a dressing on. Strangely no one offers us dessert and as the table is cleared doesn’t ask us if we enjoyed what we have paid for. Oh and no offer of coffee. Anyhow it was a nice dish and time to go back to the house on wheels and plan for tomorrow.