Barossa is the most famous wine region in South Australia. It's home to dozens of wineries, large and small. We were at first a bit nervous about going wine tasting because we thought it would be full of wine snobs and we have a limited amount of adjectives to describe the taste of wine so we started off with a name we knew, Jacob's Creek. We had a look around the visitors centre, which told us all about the history of the winery and the different types of wine they make. Then we nervously went to the tasting area. We found it not as daunting as we first thought. We tried several wines and ended up buying a bottle of Shiraz.
The next winery we visited was Seppeltsfield where we had intended to do a heritage tour. We were disappointed when there weren't enough people interested in the tour for it to go ahead. Nothing that a bit more wine tasting couldn't solve though. We bought a sparkling Shiraz because we had not seen a sparkling red before. We are going to save this for Christmas. We also bought a raspberry cordial, which is made with vinegar. By this time it was best if Sion stopped driving so we booked into a caravan park and hired some bikes.
Our next stop was Langmeil winery, which was by far our favourite. The people were very friendly and it was a fun atmosphere to try wine. We started off with white wine as we hadn't tried any yet because we usually prefer red. We were pleasantly suprised and bought a live wire Riesling, which apparently goes well with Asian style food. They couldn't wait to open more bottles for us to try, partly because they liked drinking it too.
In the end we tried almost their entire range of wines, including a 'not available for tasting' $100 bottle of 'freedom' wine, which was made from a 166 year old vine. They even had to open a new bottle just for us, but they were very happy to do so. Needless to say we could afford the 'freedom' wine, but we did buy a Grenache. We then got back on our bikes, a bit more wobbly than before, and headed down the road to the next winery, Richmond Grove. This was more formal but we still tried some of their wines. This time we bought a fortified wine, an 'old Tawny' which tasted like fruit cake, and Rachel was surprised that she liked.
We ended up buying six wines in total and decided wine tasting was a very enjoyable past time. Once we had returned our bikes we went for pizza and ice cream. Shiraz flavour of course!