Friday, July 22, 2005

Romance in Australia

Whether you are going on your honeymoon, celebrating a special anniversary, having a last hurrah with your high school boyfriend/girlfriend before you go off to college or taking the dream trip of a lifetime, Australia offers the typical and atypical ideal of romance.

Sure, decompressing on a beautiful soft white silica beach (Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands), being catered to at a five star resort in the middle of the outback, or taking a wine tasting tour through South Australia sound like different people's vision of romance, but with such a diverse country filled with natural beauty and friendly people, unless your a hermit, Oz will keep that sparkle in your eye.

Wine and Food Lovers Loving Each Other

Don't let the twist off cap fool you, most white wines in Australia do not use cork to seal in the libations. You'll find the most wines produced in South Australia, which doesn't mean there aren't gems in other states (such as the Hunter Valley in New South Wales), but if you're just starting your research, best to start looking into South Oz.

Be sure to pop into Adelaide for the quaint feeling of a life easier going and more quaint than urban living. The Barossa Valley is a nice drive from Adelaide, about 30 miles, and boasts nearly 40 wineries offering tastings and tours (in the area between Mt Pleasant and the Sturt Highway in the north) . Visit this site for more info (http://www.australia.com/SiteRedirect.aust?site=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.barossa-region.org%2F&L=en&C=US Sorry the site is having problems, broken links and such, hopefully they are fixing because the info they have is great.)

The wines you'll find in plenty in this area will be shiraz, riesling and sémillon. Chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon are planted with less abundance but still available.

You'll find Barossa's most popular vineyards such as Orlando, Wolf Blass, Yalumba, Seppelts at Seppeltsfield, Penfolds, Leo Buring, Kaiser-Stuhl, Hardy’s, St Hallett, Bethany, Krondorfand and Chateau Yaldarra.

Be sure to take a tour so that you and your honey can both partake of the wine. And like all good wine, it tastes better in between kisses.

For an especially romantic B&B: Jacob's Creek Luxury Retreat and be treated like family. http://www.lodgingsinternational.com/lodgings/673.htm

Of course, no one can deny: Peppers Hemitage Barossa Valley with its vineyard views, privacy and sexiness. http://www.peppers.com.au/

Not so private, but fun indeed, tryout the Gourmet Progressive Lunch through Adelaide and hook up for some lunchtime grazing from one restaurant to the next. Fantastic food, amazing local wines and great company. http://www.redballoondays.com.au/searchlist.cfm?id=6766

Art is romantic too. For a modern, New Wave take on connecting with your honey- check out the studio of Robert Bader who's art will make you want to dance all night to this dj. http://www.artsconnect.com.au/robertbader/

More to come on Romance in Australia....

Eg

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