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Barossa Valley Wine Region

Barossa Valley Winery Tour

Enjoy Adelaide Full Day Barossa Valley Winery Tour

We recently travelled over to Adelaide in South Australia without the kids, so we decided to make the most of it and take a tour around the beautiful Barossa Valley wine region and do some wine tasting. There are quite a lot of tour companies that do wine tours around the Barossa but after a lot of brochure searching and trip advisor research, we finally settled on an Enjoy Adelaide full day Enjoy the Barossa Tour.

We were staying at the Hilton Adelaide and got picked up from the hotel at 8.40am. There were a few other pick ups around Adelaide and we departed the city at 9.00am. Our driver for the day was Adrian who was a wealth of knowledge on the region and provided a few laughs along the way. We went on a Saturday and had a total of 16 people on the bus which was a good comfortable crowd.

After a 45 minute drive the first stop is at the Worlds Largest Rocking Horse & Toy Factory in Gumeracha, located in the Adelaide Hills. We spent about half an hour here – there is a little cafe if you need a coffee and some morning tea, as well as a toy factory to do some shopping. There is also a little wildlife park if you want to go and feed some native Australian animals (entry is $1.00 per person and bag of food is $2.00).

Just another 10 minutes down the road is the next stop which is the Whispering Wall at the Barossa Reservoir. This is a unique experience where you get to actually hear for yourself the amazing acoustics of this dam wall. You can hear very softly spoken words from opposite sides of the wall – which are over 100 metres apart from each other. It is one of those things that you need to experience it to truly believe it.

It is then on to the first winery stop of the day which is the Barossa Chateau. Here you get a structured wine tasting as well as a guided tour around their impressive antique collection. We really enjoyed the wines at this family winery and even ordered a case to be delivered to Melbourne, which promptly arrived a couple of days later. There is also some free time to look around their gift shop or go for a walk around the lovely rose gardens.

The next stop incorporates a wine tasting and lunch at another family winery – Kies Wines. Have to say the lunch here was absolutely beautiful. It consisted of share platters, one was a chicken mango salad and the other a cheese platter which was full of beautiful produce from the Barossa Valley  (if you require a vegetarian meal, be sure to mention it when booking). They also provide a cake platter for dessert which was very nice.

If you enjoy Ports or Honey Meads, you will really enjoy the next winery which is Chateau Dorrien as they specialise in that area. Please note that for this stop you can choose to do the wine tasting here or opt to pop into the Maggie Beer shop down the road (at an extra cost of $10 pp).

The last stop in our Barossa Valley tour is at the larger Wolf Blass Cellar Door. To be honest this was our least favourite as the staff were not as friendly and it felt a bit more rushed here. As Wolf Blass is such a big label here in Australia, we didn’t feel like we were getting anything really special that we couldn’t buy from our local Dan Murphy’s.

We really enjoyed the Enjoy Adelaide Barossa Valley Winery Tour and would recommend it for anyone when visiting Adelaide.

This tour departs Mon, Wed, Thu & Sat 9.00am – 5.00pm – pricing is $115.00 per adult and bookings can be made at Enjoy Adelaide or if you have any questions email them at info@enjoyadelaide.com.au

Hilton Adelaide Hotel

Hilton Adelaide Hotel Review

Hilton Adelaide, South Australia

We recently managed to escape from the kids and enjoy a weekend away at the Hilton Adelaide in South Australia for 2 nights. Check-in was quick and we had booked a standard room but as HHonors Diamond members were upgraded to a 17th floor executive room (top-level of this hotel is 18). Our room was a good comfortable size with a clean bathroom but smallish shower (nice large rain shower head though).

The Lobby Lounge area and The Brasserie restaurant at the Hilton Adelaide are currently closed for renovations and due to re-open in September 2015. During this period of refurbishment the buffet breakfast and dinner dining is available in the Victoria Room on the ground floor. We chose to dine there for the breakfast and found it adequate enough. While you do not have the omelette or cooked to order egg station, there were still plenty of hot options available like scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, cooked tomatoes and hash browns. There was also plenty of cereals, pastries and cold cut options. Especially loved that they provided a sparkling wine option if you wanted to kick-start the day off in style!

If you want to grab a drink or cocktail while staying at the Hilton Adelaide, the Collins Bar is also part of the hotel and worth a visit. Lunch dining is also available there from 12.00pm – 2.00pm from Mon-Fri.

We visited the Executive Lounge on the 16th floor for the evening drinks and canapés on both nights. It is on the smaller side but has a good selection of self pour beverages including beer, wine and spirits along with a nice choice of two hot canapés and cold cuts. The lounge hours for the evening drinks are 6.00pm-8.30pm Mon-Fri and 6.00pm-8.00pm on Sat & Sun. The Friday night was pretty quiet and only had one staff member in there who was excellent. The Saturday night was definately busier and had two staff members looking after guests. The only negative would be that the Wifi in the lounge can be slow however. The lounge is also open for continental breakfast from 6.30am-10.00am Mon-Fri and from 7.30am-11.00am on weekends. Afternoon Tea is served from 3.00pm-6.00pm Mon-Fri.

The location is good, right opposite Victoria Square making it easy walking distance for us to Rundle Mall, Hindley St and Adelaide Casino. If you are attending an event at Adelaide Oval, it takes about 20 minutes to walk there. If walking is not your thing, there is a tram stop right outside the hotel so you could always grab a tram instead (free around the city centre). You can also catch the Glenelg Beach tram from the tram stop outside the Hilton Adelaide. The Hilton Adelaide is also right next to the food markets and Chinatown if you are looking for cheap meals.

Other amenities that the Hilton Adelaide provides is an outdoor heated swimming pool with spa, two indoor spas, sauna, tennis court and adequate gym.

One benefit we wanted to mention was that they provided Diamond members with complimentary water on both nights which we loved, as most Australian Hilton Hotels tend to stick to the one night only policy – it is a nice little touch which we appreciated. 

We also loved that the Hilton Adelaide had plenty of staff at the front desk at check-out time, avoiding the long queues that can occur at some hotels.

Hilton Adelaide is not a super modern luxury hotel but we found it to be a nice hotel with friendly, efficient staff which helped to make a comfortable stay. We look forward to returning one day to see how it looks once the upgrade to the Lobby Lounge and the The Brasserie is complete.

Fore more information go to www.hilton.com