|At Jacob's Creek Winery|
Our first stop, after driving through vast plantings of grapes dripping gold for autumn, had been at the exquisitely maintained Seppeltsfield Estate. Seppeltsfield now belongs to a trust so that the lovely ochre buildings and courtyards adorned with palms and fountains can be enjoyed by the public. There we had a wine tasting of 7 different wines. It's early in the day but, what the heck, I'm not driving! We were also shown a 100 year old port which we could sniff but not taste. It smelt like maple syrup.
|Art Gallery at Chateau Barrosa|
Next is a short stop at the Barossa Resevoir to test the Whispering Wall, a fascinating phenomenon, allowing someone to whisper a message at the far end of the dam wall which is heard clearly more than 100 metres away at the other end of the dam. The story goes that it was discovered accidently by a boss who heard his staff complaining about him at the other end. Rather embarrassing for his staff, I would think! We test it....it works.
|German Architecture, Hahndorf|
The final stop is at the pretty German village of Hahndorf, founded by Prussian Lutherans in 1838. It is a strange sight to see buildings with steeply pitched roofs designed to cope with heavy snow which never falls in this part of Australia. The shops are crammed with very expensive German souvenirs, cuckoo clocks, Christmas decorations etc. There is a German bakery with delectable pastries and several German restaurants to choose from. The village is pretty and quaint but rather ruined by the constant noisy traffic flowing right through it's centre.
|German novelties, Hahndorf|
Our trip back to Adelaide is through beautiful, lush, fertile countryside. The long steep highway back into Adelaide from the top of the Adelaide Hills is a marvel, it seems to go down hill, almost straight, forever. It's been a great day. I'm happy.