Hands up who loves wine tours!! What’s not to love about chatting with wine makers while trying new wines and improving your knowledge of all things vino. But there’s the pesky issue of a designated drive to take you from cellar door to cellar door, the number of people you can fit in a car or paying for bus hire. Then there is the issue of where to go – some might want to explore the Adelaide Hills for their crisp whites while others want do delve into the Barossa’s bold reds. Either way you have a decent drive on your hands and with good efficiency a maximum of 6 wineries fill the day’s agenda.
The solution – Adelaide Wine Markets in the Market Shed on Holland Street. Conveniently located in the CBD, the ultra-cool shed location brings together a collection of producers for the best wine show you can imagine. All the major regions are represented, you can start with a sparkling from the Adelaide Hills, move to a McLaren Vale rose, before a Coonawarra Cab Sav and a Barossa Shiraz! Or most likely, you’ll find yourself engaged in great conversation with one of the friendly producers and get to know them while trying all their wines before moving on to the next stall and doing it again. But instead of that winery being kilometers away – it’s literally a couple of metres.
I am now convinced there is no better way to go on a wine tour. We attended the first of the monthly Adelaide Wine Markets, the next is scheduled for December 15. This one was a sell out so be sure to get your tickets sooner rather than later. There will be another one in January before the producers take a couple of months off for the harvest (we can hardly hold that against them), and I am assured they will be back, raring to go. There were plenty of food stalls including wood fired pizza so you can most definitely make a night out of it.
Words by Kate Wilkinson
WHERE: 1 Holland St, Adelaide