Gourmet Getaways in South Australia

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Bethany Wines vineyard in Barossa Valley, South Australia.
Bethany Wines vineyard in Barossa Valley, South Australia.

Air Adventures’ new culinary-focused itineraries, offering 10 percent commission, take guests on a gourmet getaway to South Australia’s world-famous wine regions and restaurants for samplings of the area’s best wines and local produce. The two all-inclusive programs, The High Fliers Gourmet Trail and The Great Wagyu Adventure, are perfect for adventurous foodies with a penchant for wine.

On the 7-day High Fliers Gourmet Trail, guests travel on a private aircraft from South Australia’s Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale wine regions to the nearby grape-growing areas of Victoria and Tasmania. In Barossa Valley, guests visit Maggie Beer’s Pheasant Farm restaurant for a hands-on cooking class using fresh produce from the kitchen garden. At Seppeltsfield Winery, guests go to a wine tasting in the centenary cellar before having dinner at Fino Restaurant, a celebrated dining establishment specializing in modern Australian dishes. Additional tour highlights include a cheese-making class at Udder Delights, a gourmet Australian BBQ dinner, and a wine-making class, as well as a scenic flight over The Twelve Apostles in Victoria and a trip to the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania. Luxury accommodations are provided by The Louise, an upscale boutique hotel, and Stirling Hotel, a 5-guestroom bed and breakfast. Rates start at $7,678 pp.

The Great Wagyu Adventure is a 1-day destination lunch reservation in South Australia’s Coonawarra wine region for guests to sightsee in between traveling to and from their hotels on the way to Kangaroo Island. After boarding their private aircraft, guests travel to Coonawarra for a winery tour and a make-your-own red wine blending class at Wynns Estate. There’s also a visit to boutique Wagyu beef producer, Mayura Station, and a 4-course Wagyu beef lunch. Rates start at $868 pp. For more information, visit airadventure.com.au or ultimatewineryexperiences.com.au/events/high-flyers-gourmet-trail-air-adventure.