But thanks to wine tastings and pre-dinner drinks on the terrace, I'm close to taking off already.
In that pleasant, seraphic, emulsified, glowing state of flickering consciousness, the edges of the world are being blurred. It's a time machine accessed most readily by half a glass* of South Australian Shiraz, while being irradiated by sunlight on a 38°C day, and reads like a pulpy noir script.
Light wood textures dominate the scene at The Gallery restaurant, with light cascading through large French windows, in some ways reminiscent of another cellar door restaurant. Outside is the rustic charm of vines and sandstone buildings, with a curated selection of sculptures and artwork providing an interesting diversion should one choose to meander past trimmed hedges and manicured lawns.
To one side is an Edenic scene, a neat kitchen garden where herbs and vegetables are cultivated and harvested under the shade of a palm tree. Alongside, by a wall facing a large grassy area - where concerts and functions are held - a monolithic, imposing bone-white sculpture of a chimpanzee's head is eye-wateringly radiant in the harsh sunlight.
Inside the restaurant, there is a gallery of smaller artworks. Paintings, prints and pottery from both local and international artists decorate a feature wall.
The menu changes seasonally. On the day I visited, the Chef's Flight featured a range of locally sourced produce presented beautifully, in keeping with a farm to table ethos.
A pepperberry duck breast is juicy and tender with salty-sweet notes from a complex merlot sauce. Riberries, mulberries and pomegranate are juxtaposed texturally with the bitter, crispy crunch of fresh radicchio.
Medium rare Black Angus Beef on cauliflower puree with beetroot mustard is a highlight of the flight while crispy sautéed kale with broccolini is given an explosive umami boost from feta and truffled pecorino.
If you're looking for a relaxed degustation of delicious local seasonal produce presented impeccably with interesting ingredients and unique flavour combinations in the Adelaide Hills, The Gallery Restaurant at Bird in Hand Winery, Woodside, may well satisfy that craving.