I enjoyed your article today about Australian wines. My husband has an office in Adelaide and when there we have spent a lot of weekends visiting wineries in Adelaide Hills, Barossa and McLaren Vale.
It is just beautiful (if you have not been there), really reminds us of Tuscany. But with the Gulf of St. Vincent in the background in McLaren Vale.
There is such diversity in the wineries, large, small, the type of town they are in, the food selection available (from none to a cheese platter to a full gourmet lunch or dinner), and whether or not the winery even has a cellar door.
One thing is similar - if they do have a cellar door they usually have you taste at least five wines, and we've never been to a winery that charges for the tasting. One of our favorite wines, a Shiraz from Barossa, is First Drop's 'Mother's Milk'. Now there's a name! Thanks for a nice reminder of Adelaide!
Sounds like a great trip. I haven't been there yet, but it's next on my list.
One thing I've learned from your letter and some other reading I've just done is that Aussie wineries usually have tasting rooms -- and they call them cellar doors. Very colorful.