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Where to warm your soul in South Australia this winter

By Aimee Knight

As the days and nights grow cooler, what sounds more appealing than cosying up next to a crackling fireplace? Doing so with a glass of red in hand. Here are some of South Australia’s best spots to beat the chill and warm the soul this winter.

  1. 1918 Bistro & Grill

    The home of hospitality in the Barossa, 1918 was Tanunda’s first bistro grill. Now it’s a world-class dining destination, where the seasonal menu adapts to suit the freshest local produce. Hearty dishes like chargrilled spatchcock and pressed lamb shoulder – paired with a perfectly matched glass from Chateau Tanunda – are ready and waiting to sate those winter cravings.

    Photo: 1918 Bistro & Grill

  2. Stirling Hotel

    With a bar, restaurant, cellar and patisserie, the Stirling Hotel is a quadruple threat. Start with coffee by one of three boutique roasters – Five Senses, Proud Mary or Small Batch – and try a pastry baked on premises by the dedicated pâtissier. For a more substantial lunch or dinner, try the contemporary menus in The Bistro and The Grill. If all this feasting is cause for hibernation, there are five opulent accommodation options too.

    Photo: Brett Sheriden

  3. Lost in a Forest

    Soak up the warmth of a wood-fire oven, then enjoy the pizza treats it produces. Lost in a Forest is a relaxed food and wine bar tucked away in Uraidla. It’s the perfect pit stop on a weekend cruise through the Adelaide Hills, with outdoor dining tables for sunny afternoons (canine companions are most welcome), and the roaring wood fire inside for winter nights.

    Photo: Lost in a Forest

  4. Peter Lehmann Wines

    The picture-book beauty of Peter Lehmann winery should be enough to melt your heart. Immaculate gardens, an historic stone house and views over the North Para River are just as delightful as the wine tasting that awaits inside the cellar door. About an hour’s drive from the centre of Adelaide, Peter Lehmann is a highlight of the Barossa any day of the year.

  5. Benjamin on Franklin

    Get comfy in the Queen Anne couches, or venture into the shabby-chic beer garden. Every corner of Benjamin on Franklin is highly Instagramable. Along with the yesteryear aesthetic comes good, old-fashioned service and reliable pub fare. Super accessible in the Adelaide city centre, this is an ideal spot for a post-work drink or weekend catch-up.

    Photo: Josie Withers

  6. The Wheatsheaf Hotel

    Arguably Adelaide’s favourite pub – and with every right to that title – The Wheatsheaf is a pleasure in winter. There’s an open fireplace in the front bar, a roster of food trucks to fill your belly, and a kaleidoscopic range of Wheaty Brewing Corps creations on tap. Whether it’s your first or fiftieth visit, walking into The Wheaty is like a bear hug from a best friend – and what could be warmer than that?

    Photo: Andre Castellucci

  7. Beresford Wines

    While the slick design of the Beresford Tasting Pavilion definitely exudes cool, the fireplace primes the space for wine tasting, shared lunches and balmy afternoons. Take a seat at the long table for an exclusive oenophilic experience, complete with tasting plates of seasonal produce. This award-winning estate showcases some of McLaren Flat’s preeminent varietals.

    Photo: Ian Routledge

  8. St Hugo

    Wrestle your senses from their winter slumber at St Hugo, star of the Barossa’s Rowland Flat district. Stroll amongst the grape vines and cork trees in the vineyard, before descending to the intimate underground tasting room. There, an expert tutor will lead a guided wine flight through a range of satisfying reds. Round off the experience with lunch from the vantage point of the Chef’s Table.

    Photo: Josie Withers

  9. Hentley Farm

    The gem of Seppeltsfield, Hentley Farm is steeped in history. Its vibrant cellar door breathes new life into the original 1840s homestead, with four discreet rooms catering to an array of tastes. While you’re there, raise a toast to Hentley Farm’s own Andrew Quin, who was declared Winemaker of the Year in 2017 by the prestigious wine fraternity Barons of Barossa.

    Photo: Ian Routledge

  10. The Crafers Hotel

    It may be one of Adelaide’s oldest watering holes, but The Crafers Hotel has a novel piece of technology every modern wine-lover should try at least once: an Enomatic dispenser. There’s plenty here for purists too, with many South Australian reserves represented on the more conventional wine list – enough to see you through this winter and the next.

    Photo: Ian Routledge

  11. Mount Lofty Ranges Vineyard

    The tranquillity of the Australian bushland is all encompassing at Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard. The cellar door and restaurant sit on a steep incline, showing off spectacular natural views. A 360° log fireplace keeps the rustic restaurant toasty all winter long.

    Photo: Ian Routledge

  12. Cleland Conservation Park

    Hiking and biking is a top way to get your body temperature up during the colder months. Cleland Conservation Park is peppered with paths for walking and cycling, the most popular being the Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty summit trail. If you’d prefer a more leisurely stroll, stop by Cleland Wildlife Park and meet the animal residents, followed by a relaxing cuppa.

    Photo: Ian Routledge

  13. Bremerton Wines

    Let vintner sisters Rebecca and Lucy Willson welcome you to their family affair in Langhorne Creek. Bremerton’s cellar door is situated in a restored stone barn, full of character and charm, where you can sample the spectrum of shiraz, chardonnay and fortified wines. Should the sun be out, grab a complimentary picnic blanket, a platter of delicious local produce, and bask in the serene surrounds.

    Photo: Bremerton Wines

  14. The Barlow Room

    Still one of Adelaide’s best-kept secrets, The Barlow Room is an enigmatic den nestled beneath CBD bar Lindes Lane. A seemingly ordinary fireplace is really the threshold to another place and time. Taking design cues from Prohibition speakeasies, the vibe is as effervescent as the flowing cocktails. Open late on Friday and Saturday nights all winter.

    Photo: Lindes Lane


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