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Lazy Ballerina Winery

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Published March 25th 2020
Put this on your 'Magical Places to Visit One Day' list
Are you, like me, compiling a list of magical places to discover or revisit once our world is a safer place? These times of COVID-19, self-isolation, social distancing and curve flattening are challenging in a way that most of us have never before experienced. As I batten down the hatches I feel grateful that I have a myriad memories that I can recall when I need a virtual escape from our current reality; those things I've done and places I've been that warrant a revisit at some stage in the future. Here's one I thought I'd share.

The long and winding road takes you to the cellar door
The long and winding road takes you to the cellar door

There's a tiny place known as Dingabledinga in the southern Mount Lofty Ranges. It's nestled between Willunga, Mount Compass and McLaren Vale, adjacent to Kuitpo National Park. Dingabledinga doesn't qualify as a small town nor a village. It might be termed a hamlet and it shares a postcode with twelve other hamlet-like places. Its high rainfall encourages lush growth and provides the potential for beautiful gardens.

Leafy paths and beautiful gardens at Lazy Ballerina
Leafy paths and beautiful gardens at Lazy Ballerina

One such beautiful garden is home to Lazy Ballerina winery. It's a gorgeous spot to while away an afternoon, in an idyllic setting, with wine, food and friends or family.

Lazy Ballerina offers platters, pizzas and wonderful wine
Lazy Ballerina offers platters, pizzas and wonderful wine

James and Miriam set up Lazy Ballerina around twelve years ago and now offer seven different wines using grapes from nearby McLaren Vale, Tatachilla and the Adelaide Hills.

James and the wines at Lazy Ballerina
James and the wines

There are three varieties of sparkling wine, two reds, a rosť and my favourite, a viognier.

Lazy Ballerina Wines
Lazy Ballerina Wines

The wines can be enjoyed with a platter of locally sourced produce or a freshly made pizza. A 'Feed Me' menu promises a selection of the freshest and tastiest treats on the day for $40 per person. The cost for under 15-year old people is just $20 and under seven-year-olds eat free.

Lunch can be enjoyed inside or on the covered deck but when the weather is kind the garden is the place to be.

5 acres of garden at Lazy Ballerina
5 acres of garden

There are lots of bushy nooks, long tables and benches under shady trees. There is a dedicated area for a game of Petanque and a paddock where kids can throw a ball or climb a tree so all ages can settle in for a while.

Child Friendly Lazy Ballerina
Plenty of space for children to play

When normality resumes I plan to meet grown-up children and grandchildren at Lazy Ballerina. Maybe for Mothers Day.

A Platter for Two at Lazy Ballerina.
A Platter for Two at Lazy Ballerina.

There are outdoor heaters and a fire pit poised ready for when winter sets in so if my return visit has to wait till next season at least I'll be warm.

A fire pit at Lazy Ballerina
Fire Pit

We're all in this together; practising delayed gratification. My list of 'things to look forward to' is steadily growing. Is yours? There's a lot of magical places to enjoy in the world and Lazy Ballerina is one of them. You might want to add it to your list.

A future treat - Lazy Ballerina
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Why? Enjoy fresh food and wonderful wine in a gorgeous garden.
When: Friday to Monday 11-5pm during normal times. Closed for now so ring ahead later in 2020.
Phone: (08) 8556 7085
Where: 1152 Brookman Rd, Dingabledinga SA 5172
Cost: $40 p/p for the 'Feed Me' lunch menu. Plus wine by the glass or bottle.
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This is virtually just down the road from me - a place I will visit when able.
by Jenny Esots (score: 3|1507) 410 days ago
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