Our first full day in the Barossa was spent doing a little bit of tasting. First we went to Chateau Dorrien. Their building which they use as a tasting room is an old winery. All of the old tanks are still there, and they have since had an artist come in and paint murals on the tank walls depicting the history of the region.
Along with their wine, they are the only producer in the valley to make mead. The mead is really what drew me in. There are only a handful of brands in South Australia that are fermenting the honey beverage, and I was very curious to taste.
It definitely had a more refined taste than some of the meads I’ve had in Washington. Additionally they are the only people in the world to make this:
It’s a mead liqueur flavored with quandong fruit which grows in a desserts of Australia. It was great to taste something so unique.
Stop number two was the iconic Penfolds. Their winery is massive. My friend and I were looking at how many tanks there were, and just how large the warehouses appeared.
Their tasting room was welcoming and modern, and I could hardly contain my excitement about going.
I was a very happy camper.
For the non-wine drinkers they also have a cafe which serves coffee and snacks.
And the wine- oh goodness. If you’re ever in the Barossa, you really can’t leave without tasting here. They had quite a few wines on the list to try, and they also had a side by side comparison of two Shiraz wines from different regions. I was like a kid in a candy store.
And I fell in love with the port.
So much in love that I went back to the airbnb and took a nap, dreaming about it.