Ugh, don’t you hate it when a stunning Adelaide Hills winery invites you to check out their new Tasting Room and Sunday lunch? I really couldn’t think of anything more retched than driving through the scenic Adelaide Hills and it’s vibrant green paddocks, speckled with livestock and native flora. Even worse, is when everyone is so damn friendly and welcoming, stuffing you with despicably divine food and booze. Well, I had to live that nightmare a few Sunday’s ago. Ya’ll feeling sorry for me, I know.
Longview Vineyard is a place I associate with creativity and innovation. They’re not one of those wineries that built a name for themselves and then proceed to reap the benefits whilst resting on their laurels. They experiment and try new things. They improve their set-up, have a crack at new wines and mix up their weekend offerings.
The new tasting room is a prime example. Overlooking their stunning property, this rustic-chic set up is almost stripped back, a perfect environment to let their wines shine. We were treated to a Nebbiolo flight. A sit down tasting of what they have to offer when it comes to the amazing red from Italy. A perfect choice when you are tired of the standard, white to red flight.
These wines were spectacular and surprisingly different given that they all fall under the same ‘type’. It went from a light and fresh rosé to a dangerously drinkable drop by the name Nebbiolo Fresco through to a deep and brooding Nebbiolo Riserva, which had to be this gals favourite.
After the tasting, we made our way to the dining area. Our spot on the large verandah was a total delight. I mean, is there anything better than enjoying a winery lunch whilst overlooking the vineyards? I’ll answer that questions for you – absolutely not. The new Sunday offering consists of a $55 per head feast by the name ‘Della Casa Sunday’. A shared, multi-course meal of traditional and modern Italian appetisers, main dishes, sweets and cheese just like Nonna would have wanted.
We started with a vibrant antipasto plate including artichoke and garlic dip with chargrilled asparagus, spring onion and capsicum, roasted broad beans and chickpeas with rosemary and chili salt, marinated Adelaide Hills olives and grissini and Ciabatta with extra virgin olive oil. A vibrant and fresh platter which left the taste buds wanting more.
Now of course being an Italian feed, not everything is going to be ‘light’, for example this baked four cheese manicotti with tomato sugo. A pile of cheese basically. And if that is wrong… I don’t want to be dairy free.
For the most substantial dish, we were served smoked chicken with pancetta and tomato and green olive sugo, accompanied by a fresh pea salad with basil, mint and ricotta as well as a rocket salad with toasted walnuts and pear. The chicken was juicy, tender and flavoursome and the salads adding that simple and fresh crunch. Also those triangle shapes are polenta topped with cheese. Delizioso!
I love the idea of a sweets platter, as 9.99 times out of 10, I feel like a something sweet to finish off a meal but I don’t necessarily want to take on a whole double-choc brownie to myself. I mean I’ll do it, but I don’t need it. A dessert platter gives you the chance to have a little nibble of whatever strikes your fancy. Longview’s dessert dish consists of Aperol jelly-shots with prosecco ice and raspberries, Vanilla and pistachio torrone, Mandoria biscotti and Parmigiano-Reggiano with pan’pepato, galletti and fresh fruit. The Robbie Williams in Take That AKA the stand out performer, was the Aperol Jelly shot. I felt like I was downing a Heston Blumenthal creation with it’s creativity and perfect execution, without felling into the sickly sweet trap.
I hate to lay it on too thick and sound like an absolute fangirl (I’ve got a reputation to protect) but my god, these guys know how to blow ya’ socks off. The service, the wines, the stunning food and views – this is a place you take someone when you want to impress. It really is an experience to savour. Plus, you get the full, all out, special winery experience without having to spend too much hard-earned. Or at least, you have some left over for the bottle or two I know ya’ll won’t be leaving without!
A shiny jewel that is the impressive Adelaide Hills crown.
Until next time…That’s what she said.
*Thank you to Sassafras Public Relations and Longview Vineyard for the invitation*