it’s that time again. PPH- perfect platter hunting time.

for me winter means rugging up, wood fires, trips to wineries with loved ones and platters of course. so here’s some new wineries and eateries to add to the list for the next time your feeling peckish and wanting to graze on some delicious produce with family and friends.

Zest Cafe Gallery, 2a Sussex Street, Glenelg

Hidden away down Sussex street in Glenelg, this beautiful cafe does a great breakfast, delicious baguettes and more importantly, fabulous platters. The cafe has a airy and casual vibe, full of art, energetic waitresses and excellent coffee. They serve a Mediterranean platter- its not stock standard but is full of all the good stuff- home made dips, olives, feta, marinated vegetables, dried fruit and plenty of turkish bread (they occasionally have variations). It goes perfectly with a fresh juice or a white wine if your feeling that way inclined, and the platter is only $17.

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Lobethal Road Winery, 2254 Onkaparinga Valley Road, Mt Torrens

My familys favourite winery in the Adelaide Hills. Run by Inga and Dave and their little dog Flynn, this boutique winery has a beautiful indoor and outdoor seating area, where on Friday’s and weekends they do tastings of their award winning wines which are paired beautifully with Inga’s platters.

The cheese platter is filled with Adelaide blue, Udder Delights brie and crackers and comes with the most delicious muscatels and quince. The tasting platter on the other hand comes with fresh salad greens, prosciutto, sopressa, metwurst, smoked salmon, marinated white anchovies, skordalia, aged cheddar, olives and pickles and a variety of crackers and bread to pile it all on top of.

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Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyards, 166 Harris Road, Lenswood

If your after a winery in Lenswood with a incredible view, rugs to get cosy in and indoor wooden fire then this is will be your go to winery. They also have a full functioning resturant as well as fresh local produce platters.

On this platter you will find a variety of Udder Delights cheeses, quince paste, caper berries, Skara cured meats, pickled onions, olives, crackers and fresh fruit. Easily shared between 2 people and only $25.00

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Alpha Box & Dice, 8 Olivers Road, McLaren Vale

This winery is the coolest in Mclaren Vale. It’s eclectic interior is full of  antique rugs,  golden vintage op shop finds and even a pin ball machine. However one thing in the corner caught my eye and it was love at first sight. A fridge, and desk filled with blue metal plates and cheeseboards, boasting a DIY approach to platters.

Select your favourite cheeses, olives, quince and pate, pop it on a plate and pay at the counter. It’s great for those that might not love a blue cheese but want 2 tubs of olives and plenty of lavosh. It means you can also make it as small or as grand as you like- perfect if your travelling solo or in a large group.

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S.C Pannell- 60 Olivers Road, McLaren Vale

Say goodbye to Tapestry and hello to S.C Pannell. Boutique wines, great food and a cellar door sporting neon and a downtown American bar feel.

S.C Pannell offers a variety of food, from tapas to goodies for the little ones, but on this occasion we ordered a small cheese plate and a small charcuterie plate that were served together. The cured meats were incredible and melted in the mouth, the caper berries and pickles had the perfect amount of chilli, there was plenty of cheese (3 varieties) and a stack of bread and lavosh. All this, enough for two people, for only $30.

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know of a winery or eatery that offers the perfect platter? i’d love to know..

Written by Jess

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