Wolf Blass has been a household name in Australian wine for decades. The modern winery and visitor centre is still on the spot where Wolfgang Blass AM started his first winery in 1973 on the Sturt Highway in the northern Barossa Valley.
A beautiful vineyard and wetland area in front of the winery envelops the impressive circular building featuring the iconic Wolf Blass Eagle in its open-air centre. Wine tasting is available in the huge tasting room on the right as you enter. The massive, light-filled space is dominated by the wall of wine to demonstrate the breadth and depth of Wolf Blass's celebrated labels. Glittering showcases carry a captivating array of trophies and awards which are just some of the 10,000 awards that Wolf Blass wines have won since inception.
We enjoyed a lunch deal available through www.wolfblass.com. The offer consists of a tasting of four wines in the tasting room before heading to the dining room. On arrival in the dining room we were presented with a magnificent flight of five wines served to match a gourmet tasting platter (which was already on the table), a chef's selection mains platter, and a warm tawny infused pudding with cream and tawny sauce. The tasting platter features local meats and cheeses, chutney, pickled squid, pickled cauliflower, and cucumber gazpacho amongst a packed plate of food to share. The wines are laid out with accompanying instructions on what foods to enjoy with each. We loved it and there's something for everyone. It's a real pleasure to enjoy wine so expertly matched to food.
The chef's selection platter features steak with truffled potatoes, broccolini and red wine jus, a pumpkin arancini ball with salsa verde and some seriously amazing shaved parmesan, and crispy skinned salmon with goats cheese, zucchini, mint and preserved lemon. We were a little disappointed as the promo shots show two arancini balls, but we'll forgive them. All three dishes are small portions but super impressive when matched with the wines and it's all more than enough to satisfy the senses for lunch. The pudding is a simple sweet treat to finish. I'm not a fan of tawny port (which goes with the pudding) but each to their own, the pudding is delicious either way. About two and a half standard drinks will be served to each person so be aware if driving.
Before you head off into the wild blue yonder you can head back to the cellar door to buy some wine, grab a coffee, check out the architecture and art around the centre in detail, and maybe wander among the vines outside.
From Adelaide the Wolf Blass visitor centre is an hour to an hour and a half from the city. Try using the Northern Expressway to by-pass Main North Road and Gawler. Follow Port Wakefield Road north from Gepps Cross to reach the expressway. Once reached, it's mostly an easy drive along the expressway and Sturt Highway (by-passing the centre of the valley) direct to the winery. Another option is to make the winery the northern halfway point of an extended day trip through the middle of the Barossa Valley from Gawler.