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View of the pepper tree

Early Autumn is the best time of the year in South Australia. Sunny days in the mid to high 20’s, clear sky’s and gentle breezes day after day  – so perfect it feels like there’s no weather at all. And what better way to enjoy it than to lunch outside under the shade of a pepper tree with valley views.

Pindarie is a new find for us. A cellar door set in farmland in the Barossa with a ‘sustainable mix of sheep, cropping and vines’. The cellar door is in a restored grain room next to original stables. The photos on their website do justice to the views.

Verandah at Pindarie

Pindarie Cellar door tasting room

Shelf of Pindarie wines

Fireplace at Pindarie

The day was gorgeous and the company lovely (Mum and Dad, my partner and daughter). The Graziers Platter we shared was outstanding made up with very local produce including a Grana Padano and a washed rind cheese (Barossa Valley Cheese Company) which were a great combination. The prosciutto was fresh and soft and tasty (my Mum’s favourite) while I particularly enjoyed the sopressa. The platter was served with warm, freshly baked crusty bread (Apex Bakery), olive oil (from 100 year old wild trees on the property) and dukkah (Kurianda). A couple of glasses of the wine we tasted before lunch and we were set for several hours.

Graziers PlatterApex bread, Pindarie olive oil and Kurianda dukkah

close up of platter

close-up of cheeses on platter

Lola found some good company and some haystacks to play on too.

Lola playing on haystack

one of the views at Pindarie


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Just prior to Xmas it was my Mum and Dad’s 50th wedding anniversary. Now that’s a much more impressive 50th anniversary than my 50th blogging post that I wrote about recently – and we went somewhere suitably special to celebrate: Skilogalee Winery Restaurant in the Clare Valley.

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A ten-year anniversary is a special occasion in anybody’s book and this year our reading group is a decade old. The food we share each month is the key to our longevity, although our Melbourne member who phones in for the discussion after dinner is able to live on description alone 🙂

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