Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Barossa Valley

The last 3 days have been spent in the Barossa Valley, eating fine food and visiting vineyards to taste the local wines. Obviously we felt obligated to do a quick rainmaking tour to ensure all those fabulous grape vines got a thorough watering before they spring into leaf.

There are still a lot of small vineyards producing Shiraz, Riesling, Chardonnay but the big boys who got there first are somewhat dominating- Jacobs Creek, Wolf Blass.

Jacobs Creek's export market is a mind boggling 8 million cases per annum, plus whatever the home consumption is, so obviously the grapes are now sourced far wider than just the valley.

Free camping opportunities are pretty sparse around here, so we have been forced to stay in some fairly grim Tourist Parks. Last night we stayed at 'Highway One' Caravan Park which says it all really.

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