When our friends, Ashley (aka Otto) and Allen, were planning their trip to visit us there was one event only the boys were on board with- shark cage diving. Travis had been dying to do this since we moved here, but I would never give in (scaredy cat for life). Obviously, he was ecstatic to finally have someone who wanted to go with him. The next thing to decide though was what would us ladies (Leighton included) do while they were on their adventure. The shark cage dive is located in Port Lincoln in the state of South Australia and a short flight out of Adelaide. Guess what else surrounds Adelaide? WINERIES galore!
Our last trip to the South Australia wine country was with my parents when Leighton was still in my tummy, so I jumped at the chance to go back. We all flew down to Adelaide together and did a bit of exploring before parting ways. Adelaide is a great destination for food and drink options. Since Travis used to travel there almost biweekly he had quite a few recommendations for our short trip.
After spending the night and enjoying a delicious dinner at Melt, we explored the city for a bit before parting ways with the boys after lunch.
First stop once we got into the Barossa was Kaesler Wines where we had rented a cottage room for the weekend. The people at Kaesler were awesome and when I emailed beforehand to ask about a portcot the manager actually brought in his own from home and we just provided the linens. When we checked in they also offered to open the on site restaurant (a very nice steakhouse) a bit early for us if we needed to accommodate Leighton’s schedule. In hindsight we should have taken them up on the offer because she did get a bit cranky at dinner that night.
Can you tell someone was excited for girls weekend?
Anyways after getting checked into our room and relaxing a bit we decided to head a couple minutes down the road (literally 2 minutes- we should have walked) to Elderton Wines. We chatted with the super sweet sommelier forever and she wrote us out a list of her recommendations of family friendly places for us to check out. Next we stopped by the grocery store on the way home and picked some essentials (like cheese and crackers) before heading back to clean up for dinner.
We walked about ten steps to the restaurant and showed up at the restaurant right as they were opening. The food was delicious and the chef even made Leighton her own tasty carrot puree. I did feel a bit bad for being the person with the fussy baby at the nice steakhouse, so we rushed out after eating and put her to bed. Ashley and I spent the rest of the evening on the patio drinking wine and having a grand ole time face timing our girl friend back home who was just waking up to go to work.
The next morning we ventured into the cute little town of Nuriootpa for coffee and breakfast. We ate on the patio of the most adorable cafe which overlooked the main street.
After breakfast we headed to Yelland & Papps which was hands down the cutest winery ever. When we first walked up I thought they had the backyard staged for a photo shoot it was so perfect. Unfortunately it was very hot (hello heat wave) so we hung out inside and tried a few wines.
The rest of the afternoon was spent tasting cheese at the Barossa Valley Cheese Company, tasting all sorts of the things at the famous Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop followed by late lunch in Angaston. Before we headed back to the cottage we went by one more winery- St. Hallet Wines. The grounds were beautiful and we enjoyed chatting with the sommelier who happened to be friends with the guys at Kaesler. Before we left we had him snap a picture of all three of us.
Back at the cottage we popped by the Kaesler cellar door where we chatted and Leighton played the bongos.
Dinner that night was takeaway pizza on the patio while Leighton slept. The perfect end to our busy day.
The next morning we got packed up and said goodbye to Kaesler. We couldn’t leave without recreating the picture of me in the same spot last year. Leighton didn’t realize she had already been there :).
After breakfast we strolled around town killing time before swinging by Rockford Wines to pick up some bottles that Travis requested. Rockford is a pretty famous winery in the area and even getting there right when they opened on Sunday the cellar door was packed. We were glad to get out quickly and hit the road back to the Adelaide airport.
Traveling the wine region with a baby was definitely different than our previous trips, but we had so much fun on our laid back girls weekend. I am so glad Leighton was with us and I can’t wait until she’s older to show her pictures from her first girls getaway with Aunt Otto.