Obviously the Barossa is the best known wine region close to Adelaide, but the Clare Valley, McClaren Vale, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula are all within a two-hour radius from the central city. I only had time to sample a few of the delights of Adelaide Hills (I can highly recommend Barristers Block and Goldings) but also thoroughly enjoyed Lot 100, a fairly new operation with a distillery and brewery on site too. Nice to have a beer and gin break in between wine tastings.
Where to shop
Adelaide Central Market is definitely my happy place. Built in 1869 it stands proudly in the city centre and is constantly thronging with people popping in for a pastry, some cheese, charcuterie, produce or a chat with vendors they’ve been buying from for years. I spoke to several locals who said a real Adelaide family tradition is to go to yum cha in Chinatown together in the weekend and follow it up with a visit to the markets to get fruit and veggies for the coming week.If you’re ever there make sure you take a market tour with Food Tours Australia
. The lovely Cheryl made everything come alive with back stories, anecdotes and fascinating tastings. A huge highlight for me was the brightly coloured Turkish delight stand with jewel- like sweets I’d never seen before, and the fascinating Something Wild which specialises in indigenous Australian ingredients. On the tour we got to taste a platter of venison salami, finger limes, karkalla and muntries. They were all delicious but I’m still dreaming about the finger limes and their little caviar-like pearls bursting with fresh citrus flavour- heaven on fresh oysters or atop a G&T.