A freelance writer and traveller who likes to explore the spiritual, literary and hidden gems of Adelaide and beyond.
Published May 18th 2015
Among the Vines
Walking into the dining area of Ekhidna Winery, the visitor is greeted by a field of glowing vines. As autumn is waning, the vine leaves are turning that wonderful golden shade. From the dining windows all you can see are the vines. Such a country view and one to be savoured. An outlook like this is a major plus.
Among the Vines at Ekhidna Wines and Restaurant – Photo Jenny Esots
The staff are welcoming and we have the choice of a window seat. The menu offers suggested wines with each option. Wine tasting is offered at the bar counter, so we are soon off to try the Sauvignon Blanc and Fiano. Both very accomplished wines. We were taken through this range of lovely wines by a very bright and knowledgeable sommelier named Jaron.
A glass of Fiano at Ekhidna Wines and Restaurant – Photo Jenny Esots
The menu has a range of share platters and tapas for those who like to graze together over many different foods. Also, more substantial and traditional main courses. The food is wholesome, well prepared and beautifully presented on crisp white tablecloths. Sampling the Large Coffin Bay oysters with lime caviar, strawberry salsa and crispy salt cured chilli with a glass of their Fiano was an excellent starter.
Large Coffin Bay oysters with lime caviar, strawberry salsa & crispy salt cured chilli - Photo Jenny Esots
The whitebait was also favourably received. For vegetarians the Willunga parsley and garlic pasta with local figs, witlof, hazelnut and Hindmarsh Valley feta is a fine combination. The figs perhaps a bit overcooked. The pork belly main course is a highlight of their Autumn menu. The seasonal veggies were crisp and crunchy and potatoes deliciously salted.
Twice cooked pork belly & red cabbage. Photo Jenny Esots
Beer Flight For a mere $7.50 a selection of five different beers is offered up. An in vogue wheat beer (5.2% alcohol), the Indian Pale Ale (7.4%), Dark Ale (8.8%), 50/50 (5.2%) a 50% wheat and 50% ginger, Ginger Beer (5.2%). After some deliberation I established that the Indian Pale ale was the one for me.
This restaurant has a warm country vibe, which brings the vineyard to you. It is not pretentious or overpriced. Just fine food and wine done with care. Ekhidna features handcrafted wines, beers, and cider from winemaker Matt Rechner. A most enjoyable autumnal experience in the vines.
Ekhidna Winery and Restaurant in Autumn - Photo Jenny Esots
Sea & Vines The Sea and Vines Festival is just around the corner (5,6,7, & 8 June 2015). Why not reserve a table at Ekhidna cellar door for lunch. Ekhidna wines will also be at the Bank SA Garden Party. Details and bookings here