A Wine Writers View on the World of Wine. Formerly Magics Wine Guide and Reviews for Newbies
Bush tucker trials, beer, barbecues, surfing and Neighbours are stereotypical views of Australia. A country that favours gap year students looking for a good time before the seriousness of adult life kicks in. The sporting rivalry between Australia and England sits at the fore when it comes to one-upmanship! We love to rib each other, quite frankly we’re both great at hitting the raw nerves, still there is quiet respect between the Poms and them down under!
However, what we tend to forget is Australia has developed a philosophy that has taken the best from the old country, developed and assimilated it into their own culture whilst embracing what it is to be Australian!
Adelaide and the surrounding Adelaide Hills, along with the Barossa Valley, are synonymous with good wine. In 1844
the English Doctor, Christopher Rawson Penfold, created the Penfold Magill Estate. Originally Dr Penfold brought cuttings from Europe to produce a fortified wine which he would administer to his patients. Such was the popularity of these wines that the winery was officially established. One hundred and seventy years later it is one of the most globally recognised wine brands.
Adelaide isn’t only about wine. The South Australian city sits on the shores of the Gulf of St Vincent and Southern Ocean. This location provides the towns of Adelaide and Kangaroo Island with a rich, natural food source that offers the locals and tourists with a daily dose of fresh, high quality seafood. If seafood’s not your style then in and around Adelaide’s Gouger St, restaurant’s flank the street; offering passers by a multitude of alternate cuisines like Thailand with The Star of Siam, Parisian fare via The Marquis, Gaucho’s delivering the best of Argentina and for the sweet tooth, St Louis House of Fine Ice Cream & Dessert.
For more information on what Adelaide has to offer please visit – www.exsus.com – South Australia food and wine
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