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Adelaide Hills winery tour

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The Adelaide Hills boasts a host of attractions, with an ever growing number of small wineries with cellar doors to visit. One of the great things to do in South Australia, is an Adelaide Hills winery tour

Hahndorf is an old German town, settled in the 1840s by Silesian (Eastern Germany) immigrants, and is one of the most visited places of our state, with its beautiful scenery, old German establishments, and the great German style food at the hotels and cafes. Then there are many other towns, wineries/attractions and hidden valleys to explore… places like the Mount Lofty Summit, Cleland National Park, The Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens, Balhannah, Oakbank, Lobethal, Woodside, Kersbrook, and people love to visit the famous Beerenberg Jam Factory and  see the world’s largest rocking horse at Gumeracha.

Click here to download a directory Adelaide Hills cellar doors or go to the Adelaide Hills tourism website http://www.adelaidehillswine.com.au/

 

Groovin the Moo GTM Oakbank

groovin imagesgroovincrowd013Looking for a minibus to get you and your friends group to the GTM at Oakbank?  The 2015 event features the  Hilltop HoodsBroods (NZ) and Sticky Fingers all share an adventure of a regional kind with the likes  of Flight FacilitiesPeaches (CAN), DMA’sCharli XCX (UK) and many more. This is where old friends unite and a place to make new friends.. Its a kaleidoscopic retreat where you can uplug and do your thing.

Its nearly winter, so bring your warmest togs, but you will feel warmly welcomed as you take in the new and  familiar sounds at Groovin the Moo

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ROLLING STONES CONCERT – U2 MIXUP OR THE GROUNDS NOT READY?

ROLLING STONES CONCERT – U2 MIXUP OR THE GROUNDS NOT READY?

DSCF0123 compSat 23rd March.  It was going to be a long wait for these Sydney girls to see their Rolling stones heroes.  But they and a tourism operator have been hurriedly exited from the new Adelaide Oval by a burley security officer.  The three, one a tour leader from a local wine and sightseeing tourism business, had heard that the cancellation of the Rolling Stones concert was actually because of a mix up of dates with U2 by the promoters. Another rumour was that the venue was still unfinished and unable to cope with the 50,000 honky tonk music fans.

After visiting some of the start me up bars prevalent in the festival city, they wanted to see the venue, and whilst looking over the massive structures from the nearby Montefiore Hill, they were intrigued by loud U2 music coming from the western stands. A long walk to the southern entrance would take them past a little red rooster, some massive Morton Bay figs, but not a Joshua tree. Of course there would be no Mick, but a glimpse of Bono would have made their day, so the inquisitive three entered through a small open gate to the grounds on what supposed to be the eve of the largest gig for the Rolling Stones in the southern hemisphere. It soon became apparent to them that they were not supposed to see what was going on inside….nothing! Not even a tradesman painting it black, when there seemed to be so much still to be done. An angry security officer patrolling the vacant stands, rushed to usher them out of the grounds, obviously embarrassed that the gate had been left open.

“Its only rock and roll, but we like it. We have travelled from Sydney to this event, and could get no satisfaction or emotional rescue” the girls said. “But we will be back in October if it is rescheduled for then. We are really looking forward to that, and time is on our side” they added. “And we will be doing another fantastic tour of the Barossa with Be consumed. tours. Enjoying the top South Australian wine regions with a real winemaker is a fantastic experience”

 

Blimey, the UK lads had a fab Barossa Valley tour

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Five UK lads, one a Melbourne resident decided to book a gold level Be consumed. Barossa Valley tour.

The first stop was Henschke’s Wines of Eden Valley where they were able to meet Stephen Henschke in his vintage winemaking attire, and were photographed with him holding a bottle of their famous Hill of Grace shiraz….amazing! Then it it was a full range tasting of wines at Yalumba, the boys buying some wines they said they would never have found at Dan Murphy’s. Barossa Cheese Co was next, where one of the lads showed his expertise, presently working in a cheese store in the UK.

The lovely Kirrilee,  owner of Taste Eden Valley of Angaston, went through more than 8 wines in their range, the lads loving the Eden Valley Rieslings.

IMG_0884 IMG_0903 IMG_0889 IMG_0892It was time for a gourmet BBQ lunch at Wayne’s Roenfeldt Hill vineyard. Scrumptious Apex Bakery crusty bread with a local metwurst,  olives and cheese, before an oversized black pepper kebab, loaded with juicy steak and vegetables. For sweets they loved the home made honey caramel and macadamia ice cream with fresh home grown figs, lightly poached. Of course, a bottle of the Roenfeldt Hill gold medal ZSGM washed it all down, the boys saying it was by far the best wine of the day.

A tasting at Seppeltsfield, then Kalleskes and finally, Torbreck Wines wrapped up the day, but not before getting some photos by the oldest commercial vines in the world, at Langmeil. “Blimey, we will definitely be back with our friends!” they said.

Your chance to win a Barossa tour – free entry

Final art bus side 2   webWin a Barossa tour. 10 people will win a free gold level tour of the Barossa Valley in July 2014, personally hosted by a local vigneron and  winemaker.

The day will include free tastings of wines at up to six cellar doors, which could include the delightful Rockford Wines, Seppeltsfield, Eldertons, Henschke’s (home of Hill of Grace),  Yalumba, Kalleske Wines, Whistler Wines, the magnificent Jacobs Creek visitors centre, as well as a stopover at Maggie Beers.

The only cost for the winners will be for lunch.

Terms:

The winners names will be drawn from a hat, filled with entries on May 31st 2014, by a Justice of the Peace, to ensure fairness and probity.

If you are a winner, you must take the tour as a group with 9 other winners on the same day/date, which will be advised a little later. If you cannot join the tour on that date, you will be offered other dates in 2014 when there is a normally paid tour running with a spare guest seat available. Winners who live some distance from Adelaide or interstate, can choose to join the group in July, or use a ‘rain cheque’ and arrange to use it within 12 months.

IMG_0848A pickup point in or near the city of Adelaide will be communicated to the winners.

You must have clicked on this posting and replied, using the contact form below. You can contribute to the day’s itinerary by providing your favourite Barossa cellar door to visit, in the form.

You must insert in the Comments box of the reply form… “Hi. I wish to participate in the competition to win a Be consumed. tour of the Barossa with Adelaide Barossa Regional Minibus”

Winners will be advised by e-mail on 1st June 2014

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Soundwave Music Festival March 1st

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Its a big day out and a day to remember for those attending the Soundwave Festival 2014 in March. Hitting the stage are bands such as Green Day, Avenged, Alice in Chains, Sevenfold, The Living End, Richie Sambora and Megadeath. If a mix of rock, hard core, punk and heavy metal is your thing, get your tickets at  soundwavefestival.com,oztix.com.au

Don’t leave it too late to book your transport – there is always a shortage of buses and minibuses in Adelaide for these events.

 

 

Russells Pizza House of Willunga – a fantastic spot to party

russellsRussell Jeavon’s pizza haunt at Willunga has, for some years, been a favourite short trip night out for groups of friends, and family celebrations.  Rustic atmosphere, warm and inviting even on the coldest nights; standing around open fires in winter. Of course, wood fired ovens. Surprise functions catered for. Food is sensational, as you would expect…it just keeps on coming until you are full to the brim. Not only pizzas, great deserts too.

pizzaBYO with corkage. Leave your messages on the walls. Lots of minibus groups of young people every Fri and Sat night – a great place to meet.

See Russells Facebook page here