Posted by: travelrat | October 4, 2016

Strathalbyn

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Strathalbyn: 7th December 2015

 We didn’t go to the Barossa Valley this time, but there are many other wine regions in South Australia. There are many to the south of Adelaide, but, before we checked them out, we called at Jack’s Bakery, in Strathalbyn, for lunch.

It seems a bit repetitive to say once more ‘I had a pie’  … but there are pies and pies, and some of the best come from small bakeries such as this. I had the peppered beef pie, which was like no other pie I’ve ever tasted, and immediately went on to my list of favourites.

As the name suggests, Strathalbyn was founded by Scottish settlers, and the Scottish Presbyterian Church is a dominating feature in the town. Most of the shops seem to be antique shops, most of them virtual treasure caves of bygones. You would think, with these, and with the charming, old-world atmosphere of the town that it would be thronging with visitors. But, not so! We had no problem finding somewhere to park, and there were so few people about that I was able to stand in the middle of the road and photograph, without inconveniencing anyone, or getting run over.

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We visited two wineries on the way home … and, of course, tasted their wares. The first was the Angas Plains winery in the Langhorne Creek wine area. As at Coonawarra earlier in our trip, the vineyards are on flat land, not slopes, and the wines they produce are quite acceptable. The winery and cellar door are in a rather anonymous shed that wouldn’t have looked out of place on a trading estate or business park.

In contrast, our next winery was a delight in every sense. At the Longview winery near Macclesfield, we were back in the hills, and there’s a ‘long view’ of the rolling vineyards on every quarter. The building itself, which was formerly a dairy farm, is very pleasant to look at, too … in fact, it’s a favoured location for weddings and the like.

I’ve said before, though, that the setting of the vineyard and the winery aren’t really that important, and it’s the quality of the wine they produce that is the main factor. That probably holds good if you buy your wine in a shop … but it certainly adds something to a personal visit.

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Responses

  1. You do find the most interesting places. I enjoyed reading about this one and, of course, about the vineyards. I can almost savour the fruitiness of the wines.

    • On this occasion, we were lucky enough to have local knowledge in the shape of my brother in law and his wife. We just got in the car one day, and just wandered. A good way to see anywhere, I think!

  2. I agree. And there’s no substitute fo local knowledge.


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