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Friday, November 23, 2012

Road Trip: Wine Regions of South Australia


The beginning of any driving holiday is always an exciting time for me - starting from
calling the car rental company to gathering all the print and digital maps,
from refreshing my memory about driving on the destination's side of the road to figuring out the general direction to head towards, from stocking up on savoury snacks and fizzy beverages at gas stations to fiddling with the cruise control buttons.  Planning driving itineraries has never been my strong suit, but I'm ok with that....as long as my road trip buddies are too. 
Personally, I like having that little tinge of uncertainty about where I'm going,
what I will see along the way, when I will move forward, or how I intend to do any of the above. 
A good road trip, to me, is an unhurried one, a surprising one, and that which is filled with
infinite possibilities as wide and open as the road in front of me.

This is my road trip to the wine regions of McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley,
and Adelaide Hills in South Australia.
Atop the Bluff at Victor Harbour
Rosetta Head Wharf, Victor Harbour
Perusing the chalkboard menu at Star of Greece Cafe at Port Willunga
A very tasty lunch (the Fish Wrap is superb) at Star of Greece Cafe, Port Willunga.
This was an unexpected thrill and a first for me: driving right on the beach in Adlinga.
Overlooking Myponga Reservoir Wall. Getting to drive on it was another first.
The very picturesque Hahndorf, one of Australia's oldest surviving German settlements,
just 30 minutes southeast of Adelaide
Display of Aussie humour in Hahndorf
Pretty streetsights in Hahndorf
Curbside seating at The Farmgate Providore in Hahndorf,
which has a gorgeous display of freshly baked breads and pastries.
Young vines in McLaren Vale
Sunset near Gomersal Wines in Lyndoch (Barossa Valley)
Miles and miles of red roses in full bloom by the road side 
Driving on Seppeltsfied Road enroute to Two Hands Wines
Ready for a tasting at Two Hands Wines.  Drove away with bottles of the 2010 Bella Garden Shiraz
(#3 Wine Spectator Top 100) and 2011 Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon.
The last dinner of my road trip was at this romantically retro Lyndoch Hill Restaurant.
Features a seasonal Australian menu and affable, chatty service.

(All photos taken with the Sony Cyber-shot rx100)
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