The Adelaide Hills is abundant in cellar doors filled with fine wines, cosy interiors and delicious food.
Barristers Block Wines being one of them.
Hidden down a path in Woodside, Barristers Block is the perfect cellar door for those who travel in large groups, are wanting a quaint lunch or even have kids in tow. The cellar door is surrounded by large gardens with a huge grassed area and even an area with farm animals- great for those with little ones. There’s plenty of outdoor seating available with long tables dotted underneath a pergola area, as well as the addition of outdoor heaters- perfect for winter. When we visited it was school holidays so there were plenty of kids running around on the grass while mums sipped on their wines under the pergola (now they have the right idea).
It was a tad chilly for us outside so we opted for the inside option- and what a great choice it was. It was rustic and comfortable and made you feel at home. If you wanted more of a formal affair there were plenty of tables to choose from, however we were after casual so we went straight for the chesterfield and cow hide stools in “Henrys Corner” at the back of the room. I didn’t want to leave.
The tasting list here is short and sweet, and let’s be honest there’s no time to mess around when it comes to good wine. You’ll find a selection of both reds and whites, as well as two beautiful bubblies to kick off your afternoon. I opted for the Poetic Justice Sparkling Blush– a sweet pink colour that was light and all too easy to drink.
We were also there for lunch so we were excited to see some delicious and homemade options on the menu- think pizzas, pot pies, tapas platters, cheese platters and even finger food for the little ones. The other half picked the Lamb Shank Pie with chips whilst mum and I went for the Tapas Platter.
When we ordered the Tapas platter I thought it would be smaller nibbles and something light. How wrong was I. The platter was HUGE. Filled with fish, chips, homemade sausage rolls, pork belly, chutneys, olives, bread and dukkah and even spring rolls. Mum and I were struggling to finish it all- even the other half made a dent in it and we still couldn’t finish it. The sausage rolls were divine (I’m going to call it and say they’re better than my grandma’s recipe). The chutney was chunky and fruity and was slathered on everything. The pork belly fell apart as you cut it and everything else was so fresh- even the battered fish didn’t taste stodgy. Let’s just say we were impressed- and incredibly full.
Barristers Block also hosts functions and weddings, and just quietly this venue would be perfect- when you see the outlook and the gardens you will know what I am talking about.
You can find Barristers Block Wines at 141 Onkaparinga Valley Road, Woodside.