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Taste South Australia

A Taste of South Australia offers the true South Australian food and wine experience. Meet the makers, enjoy their fine food and wine, experience the hospitality of friendly people and the special ingredient, Wine!

A Taste of South Australia offers tours ranging from serious wine, to hands on fun food and wine experiences. We incorporate what are the essential ingredients of South Australia. We give visitors the opportunity to enjoy these secrets and very special gems.

We don’t have to mention world-famous names like the Barossa, McLaren Vale, or Coonawarra. And we certainly don’t have to remind you that our wines have bagged countless awards on the global stage. But you may be surprised to learn that you can meet many of our expert winemakers in person, at wineries and cellar doors throughout South Australia.

We’ve mastered every style of cuisine you could name, and even created some of our own - such as the gourmet ‘Feral Food’ of the Outback. So visit us and treat yourself to a taste of the good life.
Taste SA highlights:

Taste South Australia

• The company offers tours of all the main regions of South Australia, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley, and surrounds. We offer private touring and boutique share tours.
• Our guides have an unbeatable knowledge for visitors to draw on. Visitors will meet the makers behind the State’s best food and wine, sample their products, and experience the hospitality of friendly locals.
• A Taste of South Australia offers tours ranging from four daily departure share tours of 2-5 pax, to extended tailor-made tours, catering for serious wine buffs as well as those who want fun, hands-on food and wine experiences.
• Exciting new Insiders Adelaide walking tours are now available and proven to be popular.
• Choose from four themed tours, 2 or 4 hours. These are as well as a range of exciting tours and extended tours that can include cultural, heritage, wellness, cooking school, walking, cycling, outback, golf to enhance wine experiences. We are continuously adapting and adding new tours as the market demands.

• Share tours: on offer are, Best of Barossa, McLaren vale food and wine tour, Fleurieu Fine food wine and wildlife, And “new” Taste of Adelaide Hills.

Our Tours

Taste South Australia

What’s the point of traveling half way round the world and wandering around by yourselves? To really get to know South Australia and enjoy yourself it helps to meet interesting people and learn by experiencing the best food and wines that this wondrous place has to offer.

A melting pot of cultures from all over the place, South Australia boasts some of the best food and certainly the best wines in the country. SA food has become the benchmark for the Australian restaurant culture as a rich immigrant cultural mix pushes the foodie envelope. Aboriginal and bush tucker provide a unique and exciting dimension.

A Taste of South Australia, a quality-focused niche tour operator, has developed a Tour de Foodies series to help tourists uncover the best of what S.A has to offer with an unprecedented standard of comfort, service and experiences.


Some Tour Examples:


Taste South Australia

We have gathered a group of experts from celebrity chefs to famous and infamous wine makers to provide a plethora of new experiences. It is undeniable that Asian and Mediterranean cultures have influenced our Australian lifestyle, from food, wine and culture.

Together with innovative and passionate food and wine people such as foodie Mark Gleeson, chef Andrew Hudson and Wine educator and maker Paul Lelachuer, we now offer exciting new tours again with famous celebrity chefs that explore early influences of the different cultures and their cuisine and learning about their religious beliefs.

We are working with some Culinary Icons. In particular Andrew Fielke is the famous innovator who introduced the world to gourmet Australian Native Cuisine when he started the Red Ochre Grill.
Rosa Matto also has been most influential in influencing Adelaide’s culinary scene with her focus on Asian and Mediteranean foods.

Internationally it is understood that Australia offers the relatively untouched, fresh, unique environment where organic food grow in abundance. From the vegetable growers playground to the open oceans where our seafood is sensuous and fresh.

Bush Tucker feasts offer the unique combination of Australian native foods with the expertise & skills of local chefs. Combined with Wellness Retreats that inspire the body to get in touch with your soul, the new Tour de Foodies range of tours is exciting, innovative and encompasses the finest culinary experiences. The tours educate, involve some adventure, offer authentic, enjoyable experiences that allow the opportunity and variety every traveler craves!

Taste South Australia

Golf & Gourmet Celebrity Chef – Day Tour – 3 Day / 2 Night

Start the tour with an informative introduction to Adelaide prior to a hit of golf at Adelaide’s historic Royal Adelaide Golf Club. The course is ranked in Australia’s top 5 and recognised as the most challenging in Adelaide. The third hole is regarded as the finest short par 4 in Australia. With a glass of wine in hand enjoy, taste and talk through the culinary delights being prepared by your celebrity chef.

Take the time to engage the chef, Andrew Fielke and gain another insight to the way Australians enjoy their fabulous food and wine. Andrew Fielke is known as “The Wizard of OZ” as he continues to perform magic with unique Australian products. He is renowned as Australia’s leading chef and authority on preparing innovative Australian Native Cuisine. This hands on experience gives you the opportunity to assist in the preparation of your meal if you wish, or just sit back and indulge!

Wine & Wellness – Day Tour / 4 Day/ 3 Night

Taste South Australia

This exciting new tour experience encompasses Wine & Wellness. Start the day with a morning bush walk through the picturesque Adelaide Hills. A simple healthy gourmet breakfast follows at The Aquador Retreat. Nestled in the picturesque Adelaide hills, Aquador Retreat is a complete Wellness Centre with a difference, specializing in hydrotherapy, the European style wellness centre futures a hydro spa, homeopathic hot pool, cold plunge pool and 3 different saunas to unwind and relax. We offer you a truly unique experience. Dora’s signature bathhouse treatment is not to be missed.

By day, be pampered by adding any of the spa treatments to the wellness centre visit. Find peace in the relaxation garden, wander into the café and enjoy lunch and dinner lovingly prepared with the freshest hills produce. Stay overnight in one of the relaxing and ever so cosy accommodation rooms, complete with special health flexi slats beds and natural latex mattress.

Sleep like a baby, awaken for an early fresh start of the day and join your hosts on an invigorating morning walk followed by yoga stretches or utilise our well equipped gym for a morning work out before a healthy breakfast. The world class chef & restaurateur, Bernard Oehrli produces the contemporary Australian cuisine which is complemented by fine cool climate wines from the Adelaide Hills. Invigorated and rested, you spend the second day enjoying the fine boutique Hills wines.

Collect, Create and Cook – Day Tour

Taste South Australia

Enjoy a progressive food lovers guide to Adelaide.

With an early morning start in the Adelaide Central Markets we choose the fresh food and produce that we will use as part of Rosa Matto’s cooking class. The market experience is an indepth “chefs eye view” of the markets, it’s a serious foodies tour! The trip focuses on cultural diversity and explains how various waves of immigration have shaped our food culture.You get to buy the unfamiliar and cook with it.

After returning to the cooking school, learning hands on “ the way it is done “ you enjoy the fruits of your labor wine chosen from small regional producers.

Collect, Create and Cook Consistently – from 2 to 5 Day Tour

This special tour incorporates the markets and the cooking school with Rosa but is a more extensive tour that involves meeting some of Adelaide’s new and up and coming chefs.

From the markets, we also can head out to the market gardens, exploring the Asian influences, Vietnamese, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food trails that also give us insight into the culture. This tour features hands on cooking schools at the fabulous Chapel Hill Cooking school and/or Thornpark Country House as we discover the local food and wines in the Clare and McLaren Vale wine regions always meeting wine makers and eating and preparing delicious regional cuisine.

Best of Everything – 6 Day / 5 Night Tour

Taste South Australia

This detailed tour offers clients the opportunity to experience the very Best of Everything South Australia has to offer.

The tour incorporates the Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, Clare Valley and McLaren Vale wine regions. We offer a warm welcome to Adelaide before touring out the Clare Valley where we enjoy wine tastings, gourmet lunch and the special sights on offer. The nights accommodation is at Thornpark Country House.

The next day enjoy the Riesling Trail by walking or cycling whilst in the fresh air and surrounded by the spectacular country side. Refreshed, we then indulge in the cooking school where we can create their own meals and discover the freshness of the local produce.

Day 3 offers a day in the famous Barossa Valley, with touring including highlights such as Maggie Beer’s, Cheese Maker and charming boutique wineries. Accommodation and dinner will be included at one of the fine restaurants in the region, Salters or Appellation.

Day 4 takes us through rural country and little villages to the wellness centre nestled in the picturesque Adelaide hills, Aquador Retreat. We overnight here and indulge in the European style wellness centre with meal prepared by Swiss trained chef. The following day we tour the Adelaide Hills and enjoy lunch at the Bridgewater Mill with accommodation then at Chapel Hill in the McLaren Vale.

We will also experience local produce markets, depending on the opening days. Whilst in each of the regions the Best of Everything will be experienced and enjoyed.

Wine Icons – 1 to 3 Day Tour

Taste South Australia

South Australia is undoubtedly the wine capital of Australia. We are lucky to have the majority of Australian wine icons here. We have the tour that encompasses some of the finest wine experiences and meeting the makers. Penfolds Grange is the first wine out of California and France to be named best red wine in the world! Barossa’s Wolf Blass winery has twice been named best international wine maker of the year. The Barossa’s Jacobs Creek label is also Australia’s most successful export wine with more of 80% of Jacobs Creek wines exported each year. This is just in the Barossa.

This one or two day tour highlights the best of the best.

It includes the famous shiraz producers from Barossa and McLaren Vale – featuring Penfold’s Grange and the D’arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz. In the Adelaide Hills we visit the acclaimed Shaw & Smith, considered one of the finest Sauvignon Blanc producers in Australia. The Hills is also home to Petaluma, who have the reputation of producing the best from the best regions producing those styles.

We will dine at some of Australia’s finest winery restaurants such as Magill Estate, Bridge Water Mill and incorporate special experiences with special lunch on the heritage site Jacobs Creek.

Taste South Australia

Wine Icons One Day Tour - D’arenberg & Petaluma and lunch at the exemplary Bridgewater Mill. If time permits we will do a tutored tasting at Shaw & Smith and then onto a twilight tasting and dinner at the Penfolds Magill Estate.

Wine Icons Two Day Tour - Private Grange Tasting and tour in the Barossa, followed by a specially prepared lunch at the Jacobs Creek heritage site with the following day featuring a special Riesling tasting of the finest wines of the Clare Valley featuring Grossets.

Royal Golf – from 2- 7 Day Tour Australia’s Royal Golf Courses are renowned world wide as being the most exclusive, beautiful and challenging courses. The Royal tour has you playing at Australia’s selected Royal golf courses in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide & Perth. This includes specialised golf clinics, private winery visits and evenings dining with local renowned wine makers and chefs. When only the best will do this tour is for you. Interstate transfers are charter plane or jet.


Taste South Australia

Day 1: Your Outback adventure starts with a city hotel pick up, we then head North toward the famous Clare Valley. The Clare Valley has a rich heritage originating from the English, Irish and Polish settlers who arrived in the 1840s. Viticulturally, Clare is classified as moderately warm to cool, similar to the Alsace, Burgundy and Rheingau regions. The area has been described as “the most unblemished wine region in Australia”. Tours feature the Sevenhills winery run by Jesuit brothers, a visit to Mitchell’s winery and lunch at the charming Skillogalee restaurant.

After lunch the country side becomes more rugged as the outback starts to unwind. Kangaroos and emus abound as Australian reptiles and many amazing Australian bird species can be found. The landscape is interwoven with tales of the Aboriginal dreamtime. We arrive at our accommodation in time to watch the sun go down on the veranda of the Prairie Hotel, at Parachilna, we sample the native Australian cuisine in their award winning restaurant. Here we get a sense of the Outback, as we join local characters as we enjoy a cold beer under the Veranda & wait for the train to chug through town. We can sit back look into the sky of a million stars!

Taste South Australia

Day 2: The next day we are joined by local guide Hardy, as he takes us West into the plains through Nilpena Cattle Station, to the edge of the salt Lake Torrens National park. We travel past salt bushes, red sand hills and creek beds as we search for creatures of the desert. From Lake Torrrens we see a vast expanse of sediment that contrasts with the ranges in the background. The Australian film “Rabbit Proof Fence” was filmed in this area and we see many of the old historic station buildings featured.

We return back for lunch at the Prairie Hotel, as often the heat in the summer months can be very extreme, if weather permits we may opt for a gourmet picnic lunch outdoors. Late afternoon we head to the Southern Flinders Ranges and follow the corridor of time through Brachina Gorge. As the sun goes down, the wildlife come out to visit. With a glass of sparkling wine in hand we may spot rare yellow footed Rock Wallaby’s, which are a protected species.

Tonight we may stay at the Prairie Hotel, Parachilna, or stay in the lower Flinders Ranges at Wilpena Pound Resort, or spend a night at the Rawnsley Park Eco Villa’s.

Day 3: Today we venture South through the historic town of Quorn, made famous by the Pichi Richi steam train & the railway industry that surrounds it. We continue through the picturesque town of Melrose and enjoy lunch whilst sitting back and taking in the unique towns ambience. For those who are more active, Mount Remarkable is directly behind us. This features outstanding walking & mountain bike trails. We may visit the local Bundaleer Wines cellar door and local produce for tastings. If time permits we visit to the charming Stone Hutt bakery, which features local game pies, and a vast array of fresh cooked goodies. We return to Adelaide.

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Taste South Australia