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Gourmet Holidays in South Australia

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Travellers to South Australia can sample some of the world's finest cuisine, savour internationally renowned wines and step inside different cultures.

Whether it be learning to master local dishes from a renowned chef or tasting fine wines from the Barossa region, a gourmet holiday in South Australia offers much more than conventional vacations - rather, they provide unforgettable getaways that nourish the senses, refuel the body and replenish the spirit.

Here is just a small sample of the many gourmet experiences available:

Eat Street: For a real happening time, make your way to Gouger Street, Adelaide's key 'eat street'. It is the gateway to the famed Adelaide Central Market and the exotic, bustling mall and food stores of Chinatown.

Embark on a world tour of restaurants from traditional Thai, Vietnamese to Malaysian and Japanese or Asian fusion, noodle bars, regional Chinese and yum cha, French and Argentine cuisine, and a number of first-rate seafood restaurants.

No matter how often you return to Gouger Street, you'll be able to have a different culinary experience each time. But that's not all you'll find - the street is also home to nightclubs, retail shopping. Surrounded by impressive court buildings and legal premises on the edge of Victoria Square, Gouger Street offers a striking contrast in culture.

Wine and Pizza: The Seppelt family has been making wine for more than 150 years and Peter Seppelt is the fifth generation to continue the winemaking tradition. Visit the family estate and cellar door. Set in rolling hills in Mount Pleasant in the Barossa, you can enjoy their wines whilst dining in the Grand Cru Wood Oven Restaurant where the gourmet pizzas are a must. Open Friday and Saturday evenings, bookings are essential.

Forest Dining: Thinking of a romantic lunch? Nestled in the heart of the Adelaide Hills, the Bridgewater Mill is the elegant home of Petaluma. A short drive from the city, the historic 1860's Mill, with its spectacular water-wheel, houses a world renowned restaurant, the Bridgewater Mill and a cellar door for Petaluma's famous wines. Visitors to the restaurant can enjoy a contemporary Australian menu under the direction of famous chef, Le Tu Thai, matched with a range of highly reputed wines by Petaluma's Brian Croser. Alfresco dining at the award-winning restaurant. Open for lunch Thursday to Monday 12pm to 2.30pm and private functions - bookings required.

Exquisite Taste: One of Australia's finest regional dining experiences, Appellation at The Louise, offers a luxury vineyard retreat paired with casually elegant and memorable fine dining. Located in the Barossa, the award-winning restaurant features top quality service and intimate ambience complemented by a daily changing menu using locally sourced seasonal produce and an extensive wine list.

Regional Cravings: To satisfy your hunger, indulge in the unforgettable tastes and aromas of the Limestone Coast. From fine dining to award-winning fish and chips, the Limestone Coast caters for every taste and budget. The region's restaurants pride themselves on using the finest local produce - fresh southern rock lobster, top grade beef, hand crafted cheeses and the world-renowned Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon -- just a sample of the epicurean delights that await. Bistros, cafs, tearooms and coffee shops feature homemade specialties and gourmet treats. And hotels and licensed clubs offer buffets and la carte menus to rival the excellent restaurants.

Cosy Up: Nestled amongst the gum trees and overlooking the vineyard is the Currency Creek Cellar Door, a restaurant, a function centre and villa accommodation. Sample and purchase award winning wines and other local produce in its Cellar Door. Sit by the log fires or vast windows overlooking the valley while enjoying a sumptuous meal from the a la carte menu or specials board. Enjoy the art exhibitions or wander around the Black Swamp walk, which takes in native plantations and beautiful flora and fauna. To indulge in this serene environment for a couple of days, stay in the luxury villa accommodation with spa and queen size bed. Bookings are essential for the restaurant, Black Swamp Walk, weddings and group functions as well as the self contained villas. It also caters for weddings and group functions.

Cooking School: South Australian chef Rosa Matto has been hosting cooking classes since 1989, where she gives lessons from her custom-built open studio kitchen in Goodwood. Rosas classes are very hands-on and range from sauce, bread and pasta making to full dinner party menus - sometimes with the assistance of other local chefs. Students use fresh, local produce and get to taste each others creations and enjoy a glass of South Australian wine. Rosa hosts a variety of courses where guests explore the history, folklore and mystique of her recipes.

Epicurean Delights: Chapel Hill Winery Gourmet Retreat is an epicurean getaway, catering exclusively for residential guests in a unique rural vineyard environment, with views of the sea. Its facilities include ten luxuriously appointed bedrooms, a state-of-the-art kitchen and magnificent recreation areas including a wood oven and barbeque on the terrace. Chapel Hill also runs hands-on cooking classes in the Gourmet Retreat Kitchen, where guests can learn to prepare magnificent dishes using fresh local produce before savouring the flavours and textures of the food, matched with Chapel Hill wines.

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