Great Wine, Great Food
The picturesque Barossa Valley is Australia’s lodestone for all things gastronomic, and along with the nearby (and lesser-known) Clare Valley, produces close to 60 percent of Australia’s wines. Maximize your wine-and-food experience with a stay at The Lodge Country House, a charming former homestead built in 1903 for one of Australian wine pioneer Joseph Seppelt’s thirteen children.
The handsome bluestone country-house inn is framed by 3 acres of gorgeous rose and flower gardens and stands just across the road from the Seppelts’ sprawling showpiece vineyard, which dates back to the mid-1850s. The Lodge’s shaded veranda is the gathering spot where the inn’s eight privileged guests come to watch the sunset.
A memorable candlelit dinner follows, accompanied by an excellent selection of Barossa’s best. Some fifty wineries are within a half hour’s drive (including Peter Lehman, Stanley Brothers, Henschke, Penfolds, and Richmond Grove), and many of them are represented on The Lodge’s wine list.
From The Lodge it’s a lovely ten-minute drive to Tanunda, the most important, lively, and charming of Barossa wine towns. Its blend of antique shops, wine stores, and cafés will fill an afternoon pleasantly, but your final destination should be the smart but casual 1918 Bistro and Grill, with its straightforward and memorable menu of modern Australian specialties. Locals in the know order from the extensive list of unlabeled Barossa wines, available to patrons at a substantial savings over the officially labeled versions. But you have to ask.