Happy Hour With Moorooroo | A Spring Day in the Barossa

A Spring Day in the Barossa

Spring has sprung and we just can’t get enough of these amazing sunny days coming our way. When the sun is shining who wants to be stuck behind a computer screen when you could be out exploring some of the amazing food and wine that the Barossa has to offer. This has us dreaming of how we would like to spend our perfect spring day in the Barossa, hopefully we can inspire you and one of us might be able to make it out from behind the computer into the sunshine.

Good days start with good coffee. Our personal recommendation is Darlings café in Tanunda, our go to for our daily fix, and it doesn’t stop at coffee. Fill up with a delicious toasted breakfast roll (Jodie’s Favourite), giving you plenty of fuel to get through the day.

From there we head to our first wine tasting at Alkina. A new story on an old place, Alkina produces small scale wine batches and create unique micro-terroir wines. Coupled with great atmosphere Alkina is a place we guarantee you’ll enjoy. 

Then from Alkina it’s onto Maggie Beers Farmshop, a Barossa favourite. Here you can taste an abundance of locally made produce and even grab a glass of wine as you wander. Once you have tasted all the delicious offerings wander over to the eatery next door for a delicious lunch. With a menu focused on sharing its definitely our kind of lunch.

Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop
South Australian Tourism Commission
Image by Sven Kovac

After lunch take a scenic drive along the iconic Seppeltsfield Road and stop off for a quick walk up to the Seppeltsfield Mausoleum (you’ll need it after lunch) to check out the great views.

Seppeltsfield Road Distillers is then just a stones throw down the road where you have an opportunity to witness the magic of distilling and taste some exceptional gins, or just sit back and relax in the sunshine with a delicious G&T. 

And of course no day in the Barossa is complete without a visit to Moorooroo, and we have the perfect afternoon treat with our Shiraz and Chocolate Flight, featuring four of our favourite Shiraz wines perfectly paired with four decadent chocolates sourced from Red Cacao in the Adelaide Hills. Then take a stroll through our gardens, wander along Jacobs Creek with our ancient gums towering over you, you can even take a nap on the lush lawn. 

As the sun starts to get low in the sky grab a cold bottle of Silentium and head up to the amazing Steingarten Lookout. Our favourite spot for a truly magical experience as the sun dips below the horizon, with a glass of Silentium in hand of course. 

Steingarten, Rowland Flat
Image by Olivia Reynolds

Then its back into Tanunda for dinner, our fave pick being Vino Lokal where you can grab a delicious burger or some fantastic sticky ribs to get stuck into along with great friendly service and a fantastic range of local wines to choose from. 

Then when your head is ready to hit the pillow it’s time to move onto Jacobs Creek Retreat (located next door to the Moorooroo Cellar Door) where you can experience the generous hospitality of Jerry and Karen. Nestled amongst stunning gardens, the historic 1840’s stone buildings have been transformed into a selection of 7 suites, across 4 different room types; all uniquely designed and furnished to create a world of relaxation and tranquillity.

We hope you enjoy our recommendations. Say “hi” to our friends as you visit each location, soak in our unique food tradition and close community culture and escape to a place of welcoming characters, rare history and authentic generosity.

Vino Lokal
Image by John Kruger

In Bottle

2017 Lotties Shiraz

Vibrant and bold with four years barrel maturation softening the edges. 2017 Lotties has a unique nose that sprinkles you in rose petals with strawberries on the side, while the palate brings to the fore vanilla bean and hazelnut, with a long velvet like finish this wine exceeds our expectations of the Lotties we’ve come to know.