We the Food Snobs - Adelaide

The Barossa Valley needs no introductions. Made famous by the wineries that are found amongst its rolling hills, it’s a perfect weekend location for wine lovers and the place that first brought me to Australia.

With temperatures easily hitting forty degrees in the summer, the new white X3 is the perfect car for the trip into the heart of wine country. With the new iDrive 6.0, navigating this expansive landscape is easy, especially with the customisable HUD and the comforting feeling knowing that there is plenty of extra space for a few boxes of wine from the vineyards.

My first port of call was to head straight to the Roland Flat area and to the estate of the St Hugo winery. Here you can book the secluded Jacob’s Creek Cottage in amongst the vines, which was actually the original home of William Jacob of Jacobs’ Creek, who settled in the Barossa in 1840. This beautiful little cottage is a great base for exploring the region with the perfect blend of modern luxuries and historic charm.

To complement great wine you need great food and the Barossa is in no short of excellent eateries. There are a number of noteworthy spots, including Maggie Beer’s farm shop, which overlooks a beautiful lake, frequented by turtles. Eat in the restaurant or just order a few ice creams and take a spot in the sun. Or you could head to Appellation at The Louise or 1918, found in the heart of Tanunda. Both offer top fine dining experiences, with knowledgable sommeliers and are some of the best restaurants in the region.

The rolling hills are what make the landscape here so picturesque, so for a final view, there’s no better spot than that at Jacob Creek’s Steingarten vineyard. We collected our gourmet picnic from the chef’s at the Jacob’s Creek vineyard before heading for the hills. The X3 made light work of the dirt roads, climbing to the view point amongst the vines, as the sun started to descend. Looking out over the vast expanse, you get a sense of the scale of the Barossa, best enjoyed with a glass of the vineyard’s delicious Riesling. As the sky transformed from orange to hot pink, we toasted to a fabulous few days in wine country and another brilliant X3 adventure.