South Australian Wine Country

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From wineries with fine dining establishments to sublime, fresh-produce eateries, South Australia’s wine region offers an abundance of opportunities to exchange the grumbling of empty stomachs for the singing symphony of tantalized taste buds.

Top Restaurants in South Australian Wine Country

Bridgewater Mill

This old flourmill, converted into a tasting room by Petaluma Vineyards, makes for a terrific lunch stop. Signature dishes include grilled marron with shellfish essence, and crustacean mousseline and truffled cream, but Chef Le Tu Thai draws heavily on his Asian heritage for many of the entrees.

Mt. Barker Rd., 011-61-8-8339-9200,
Tags: expensive | smart splurge | asian | australian

Dudley Partners Wines

This winery’s great “cellar door” restaurant justifies the trip to K.I.’s east end, especially if you go for lunch. Enjoy king prawns and antipasto platters while gazing out toward mainland Australia.

Cape Willoughby, 011-61-8-8553-1333
Tags: moderate | wine | australian

Lyndoch Bakery

At this authentic Bavarian-style shop, enjoy the bienenstic (bee sting), a delicious custard pie topped with almonds.

Barossa Valley Wy., 011-61-8-8524-4422
Tags: family | budget | bakery

Maggie Beer's Farm Shop

Sample unusual treats like pickled figs, pleasingly tart lemon curd, and a rightly famous Pheasant Farm pâté at this popular stop in the Barossa Valley. The outside deck is the perfect place to taste test your purchases.

Pheasant Farm Rd., 011-61-8-8562-4477
Tags: family | moderate | notable chef | eclectic

Magill Estate Restaurant

Enjoy excellent regional French cuisine and tranquil views of Adelaide at this regal estate. Sip a glass of Grange Hermitage while making your selection – the aged Black Angus beef tenderloin wild mushroom ragout is superb.

78 Penfold Rd., 011-61-8-8301-5551
Tags: expensive | french | wine

Restaurant Bella

In Kingscote, a good post-penguin-watching spot is Restaurant Bella, which offers Mediterranean and Asian dishes and features local poultry producer Ordway’s free-range chicken.

54 Dauncey St., 011-61-8-8553-0400
Tags: moderate | asian

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