Recently we had the opportunity to enjoy a delicious high tea at the beautiful Barossa Chateau. The dining area and tables were set up beautifully amidst huge wine barrels. The high tea begins with a savoury course followed by a sweet course accompanied with either a glass of sparkling Chardonnay pinot or a choice of soft drink or juice.
Our savoury course includes sun-dried tomato frittata, petite egg and tuna sandwiches, smoked salmon on cucumber rounds. However, the one I enjoyed most is the caramelised onion tart. All were delicious and I was already half full by now.
After a short break, we were served the sweet course which included a huge selection of mouth-watering desserts. Except for the macarons, all were delicious. The eclairs were light and fluffy, the petite rhubarb cupcake was unusual but has a good flavour. The chocolate brownie was rich and delicious. The mini cheesecake, topped with pretzel contrasted the sweetness very well. Last but not least is their famous scone with their house-made apricot jam and cream. To finish this off we were offered a generous pot of tea or coffee.
As we bought our ticket with the Great State voucher, it comes with a guided tour of the Chateau's art and antique gallery which has one of the largest private collection of porcelain in Australia. The collection by Hermann Thumm includes pieces from the great porcelain houses of Meissen, Sevres, Worchester, Chelsea and Stinton.
Barossa Chateau located at Hermann Thumm Drive, Lyndoch, is a majestic building. There is a very well-stocked gift shop on site. Behind the building is a beautiful rose garden, officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 2002.