Luxury Gourmet Food & Fine Wine Tour - Maggie Beer

Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop – Great Barossa Tour Destination

Maggie Beer’s Pheasant Farm Shop

The Pheasant Farm and its Attractions

Growing up in a restaurateur family in the 1970’s, the story of the Maggie Beer family and their pheasants in the Barossa Valley still resonates personally with me.

Maggie Beer Farm Shop History, Food & Wine Tour Destination

Maggie Beer Family

It was an era when consumers began to expand their culinary repertoire and embrace foods previously only associated with fine dining.

What made Maggie Beer such a pioneer?

Maggie appreciated the power of simple food with flavour and embraced the opportunity provided her by her farm in the Barossa Valley.

Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop today is truly an amazing pantry and a testament to what can be achieved with vision and determination.

The size and popularity of the business lays testament to this success.

A humble kitchen now a luxury food destination

What a dynamic and bustling place this once humble restaurant has become, truly a must-see on a food and wine day tour adventure to the Barossa Valley.

Attraction on Gourmet Food and Fine Wine Tour to Barossa Valley

One of the many Pheasants in the Maggie Beer Farm Aviaries

It is like visiting your favourite Auntie or Grandmother when you were young. Invited by these great family cooks to help in the kitchen and let loose in the pantry.

The main attraction deservedly is all of the great produce that brand Maggie Beer has become known for.

However it is great to take the time to stop to enjoy the beautiful pheasants at the farm. The colours and beauty of these birds never ceases to amaze.

Another great attraction is the dam and the turtles that call it home. It is great to sit on the deck with a produce basket and glass of local Barossa Shiraz and watch these amphibians having fun.

Food and Wine Tastings

Gourmet Food & Fine Wine Tour Destination, Maggie Beer

Maggie Beer Farm Store

The Maggie Beer products have made their way into many a foodie’s fridge and pantry. They are great ingredients to add a little “gourmet” and a lot of “flavour” to a favourite recipe.

Maggie Beer’s Farm would have to be one of the more diverse and engaging open pantry tasting experiences on offer on the food and wine tour trail.

The focus is all on the experience. The range of condiments, dips, is seemingly endless. Once you get started it is hard to stop as you work your way around the many tasting stations; dipping, dunking, drizzling and trying all those amazing flavours.

The range from cellar and pantry, all using fresh seasonal fruit is diverse. Verjuice, Vino Cotto, Olive Oils, Chutneys, Stocks, Sugo’s & Sauces, Pastes, Jams, Biscuits, Relishes and Tea’s. The list continues, but that is why you should visit and try them all.

Indulging in a World of Flavour

The essence of the range of products is FRESH and FLAVOUR. Each taste of one of the many samples is all about authenticity and the individuality of the raw product.

The great thing about the Maggie Beer Farm experience is that you literally get to lick the spoon, lots and lots of them. But double dipping is not allowed.

The idea of offering hampers is perfect for visitors, especially to those from abroad or interstate. There are a multitude of combinations and there is the option to have them packed and sent home.

The Maggie Beer Foundation

The well-known Maggie Beer passion for fresh food with flavour deserves to be shared around, and be an inspiration to others. That is where the Maggie Beer Foundation has set its sights since 2014. The foundation is firmly focusing its efforts on the Aged care sector having identified that the industry could benefit from some inspiration and education.

The focus is about encouraging the industry to provide the elderly with access to full flavour food packed with nutrients rather than the bland fare that has become the norm. Maggie believes that no one group of people deserve it more and that meals should provide comfort and be looked forward to.

For more information, visit the Maggie Beer Foundation website and make a donation.  It is great to support an organisation which strives to embrace the principal that food has the power to bring joy and change lives.

Join us on a visit to Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop

Wine and Food Tour Destination

Deck overlooking Farm Dam

We schedule weekly small group gourmet food and wine tours to the Barossa Valley in our luxury chauffeured mini-bus and would recommend including a visit to Maggie Beer’s.

It perfectly complements the artisan food producers and great boutique wineries we visit.

 

 

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Lost in a Forest Wine Bar – Hidden Secret Destination

Everyone loves a Hidden Secret!  Lost in a Forest Wine Bar

Why are people getting so excited about Lost in a Forest Wine Bar, a boutique Adelaide Hills food and wine destination newcomer?

We’d like to think it’s probably due to the holistic approach being taken to the food and wine. The venue is serving up minimal intervention Hills premium wines matched with minimal intervention premium rustic food.

Dining Room-Anglican Church

Dining Room-Lost in a Forest

Former musician turned wine maker Taras Ochota from Ochota Barrels and partners have remodelled the old stone Anglican Church in Uraidla. It has been turned it into a cosy wine bar and lounge with wood fired oven.  Consequently Lost in a Forest has become a great go-to gourmet food and wine tour lunch destination on a weekend.

Named, like Ochota’s wines after song lyrics, Lost in a Forest Wine Bar echoes a line of The Cures’ song “A Forest”. It has a trending ambience which tempts people to respond to its call to come and explore “into the forests trees and dark”.

Uraidla securely on the Food Trail

Lost in a Forest Wine Bar is helping to bring Uraidla, a smaller Hills settlement out from under the shadow of Hahndorf, the region’s main tourist draw card.  The ”off the beaten track location” helps to reinforce “Lost in a Forest” nature of the venue, but since Uraidla is very small it’s not that easy to miss in the main street.

Luxury in its simplicity

Gourmet Pizzas hot from the Wood Oven

Gourmet Pizzas hot from the Wood Oven

A huge wood fired oven has replaced the altar with chefs turning out organic pizzas with locavore ingredients on wooden boards.  Thai inspired toppings complement traditional Italian with interesting combinations like Sprouts and Speck to tempt the adventurous. These are all prepared under the filtered light of the old church’s lead light windows.

Facebook marketing depicts slow cooked pork and even wallaby in preparation for what feels like almost ritualistic weekend feasts. A unique mezzanine where the choir once sang has been turned into a group dining area overlooking the main dining room where previously the church congregation sat.

A holistic philosophy based on spontaneity

The small bar serves Ochota Barrels wines as well as showcasing other small production Basket Range talents and selected old world wines. Taras’s wine making philosophy, influenced by his international and local experience aims for minimal intervention in farming and wine making. Represented winemakers help to underpin this ethos, small batches of love and passion.

His personal wine-making ambition to “produce something delicious and gorgeous for all to enjoy with none of the nasties” is clearly evident and a common thread that weaves its way through this whole new attraction.

And who doesn’t love a bit of mystery and exclusivity.

Why come on a Shiraz & Co Adventure?

Specialising in small group boutique food and wine tours, we offer to take visitors through the picturesque Adelaide Hills and quietly lead them to this hidden secret. A bread crumb trail is purely optional, as once found we suspect you will not want to leave.

Ngeringa Wines

Ngeringa Wines: Boutique & Biodynamic

Ngeringa Wines – Bio-dynamic Wine Destination

Owners Erinn and Janet Klein of Ngeringa Wines have developed a bio-dynamic oasis that resonates with nature. You sense harmony as soon as you enter the property, past picturesque paddocks and farm land at the base of the Mount Barker Summit.

Ngeringa Wines. A unique food & wine destination

Ngeringa Wines. A unique food & wine destination

The property was established in 2001 as part of the family’s Jurlique herb farm. The 20+ year old biodynamically certified soil guarantees a healthy environment with no residual artificial sprays, chemicals or toxins. By protecting this natural ecosystem and biodiversity the Klein’s have created a holistic and calming cellar door experience showcasing their stunning bio-dynamically grown and produced wine.

Their efforts in sustainable agriculture were acknowledged with the 2013 PIRSA Premium Food and Wine from our Clean Environment Wine Award.

What makes the Bio-dynamic difference?

Ngeringa Wines’ point of difference is its NASAA Certified Biodynamic nature. Biodynamics works within the cycles of nature, respects the natural health of the soil and interconnection of plants, animals and phases of the moon. As Erinn says “Traditional bio-dynamic practices allow the soil, site, season and variety to express themselves in the wines”.  Biodynamics requires hands-on care in contrast to the mechanised approach more typical of vineyard operations. Biodynamics also has a minimal intervention approach in the winery.

Erinn strives for wines which are “of a traditional style with elegance and structure favouring hand harvest and small batch winemaking, only wild fermentation and the use of minimal new (French) oak”. His objective is to produce wine with vitality and integrity which authentically reflects the region.

What makes this Winery Experience so Unique?

We love taking people on tours to Ngeringa Wines – but not only because of the great food and wine; but the feeling of being in a Tuscan vineyard with family and friends. You just want to linger for ever. Here is an operation which honestly respects maintaining the balance of nature.  A small herd of Scottish Highland cattle complement the Vines. Sheep and fowl roam the vineyard and an orchard, veggie and herb garden provide clean produce for the hearty wood oven pizzas and gourmet fare.

This is as close as to “paddock to plate” as you can get.

Read more in their website.

Ngeringa Arts Cultural Centre

We can arrange to take you to the new Ngeringa Arts Cultural Centre in the tour we create for you. The arts centre perched on top of Mount Barker summit is on the way to Ngeringa Estate Winery. Erinn’s philanthropist mother Ulrike championed the stunning 200 seat venue to support chamber music in South Australia. As Ulrike Klein describes: nature teaches us what life actually is and music is very similar. It possesses a similar life-force and is never static.

Paracombe Premium Perry

Secret Wine & Food Destinations near Adelaide : Paracombe Premium Perry

Paracombe Premium Perry

Damian McArdle and family at Paracombe, Adelaide Hills were originally primary producers and now have diversified into micro-brewers specialising in handmade pear and apple ciders as Paracombe Premium Perry.

This small family business have also expanded into tourism, offering visitors a personalised insight into their cider making operation. Paracombe Premium Perry is also a wedding venue, where people can relax and enjoy the beautiful orchard atmosphere during the wedding ceremony.

Paracombe Premium Perry

Damian McArdle amongst the Lemon Bergamot Pears

What is ‘Perry’ ?

Perry is an alcoholic drink made from fermented pears in much the same way that cider is made from apples. Perry is occasionally but somewhat contentiously referred to as ‘pear cider’.

This pleasant drink originated in England centuries ago, and is now available in the Adelaide Hills.

How the McArdle family became Perry Producers

Damian sought opportunities to showcase the Lemon Bergamot pears, originally planted by his grandfather, and also motivated by a desire to show people that fresh is best. His passion and entrepreneurial spirit lead to the creation of Paracombe Premium Perry.

This is a uplifting story of success of a small producer and determination to remain viable in our current competitive environment, often dominated by large organisations focussed only on making profit rather than quality and unique products.

Why we visit Paracombe Premium Perry

Shiraz and Co include Paracombe Premium Perry in our tours when  clients indicate they are looking for unique tastes, and something a little outside the mainstream winery tour.  This fits well with the Paracombe Premium Perry experience with a unique product produced by a committed family in their Adelaide Hills property.

Hosting small group farm tours, we take visitors through the Perry production process; from tree to bottle. This involves an orchard walk, an explanation of the market situation, the Perry brewing process, bottling and labelling which is all done in-house and very hands on.

The aroma of fresh pears is amazing as you enter the production facility, aromatherapy at its best, the smell of pears turns the cider tasting experience into a whole new sensual experience. Of course sampling the Perry and ciders is an important part of the tour!

Contact us to reserve a tour through the delightful Paracombe Premium Perry and taste their beautiful range of Perry and ciders or visit their website for more information