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Barossa Valley
Barossa Valley

Cherie Hausler's Barossa

Thursday, May 5, 2005

The best way to discover the secrets of the beautiful Barossa Valley is to visit with a local. Cherie Hausler, co-presenter with Scott Cam of Channel Nine's new Our Place, jumped at the chance to take a Getaway crew on a poke around the famous wine-growing area of South Australia.

Angaston in the heart of the Valley is Cherie's favourite town. Named after George Fife Angas, it is a pretty town with well-established parks and a creek meandering through.

Angaston Cottage Industries was started in 1972 by a local group keen to put surplus produce to good use and show off their creative talent. The shop has all sorts of homemade goods and crafts from over 300 contributors.

A visit to Blond Coffee Shop is a must. Cecelia Parsons and Amanda Fleming have locals and visitors alike talking about their great coffee and cake.

Another good place to visit is the Barossa Cheese Company, run by a mother and daughter team who specialise in cow and goat milk soft cheeses. They constantly trial new cheese and always match their product with local wines. They are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Cherie visited her dad Ian, who recently retired after 34 years in the wine industry, most recently with the award-winning winemaker Wolf Blass. There are 70 wineries and cellar doors in the district and one of Ian's favourites is Saltram Estate.

The Saltram Vineyard has had a presence in the Valley since 1844. William Salter, an English immigrant, was one of the first to purchase land and built a stone house for his family, naming it Mamre Brook. It still stands as the spiritual home of Saltram, with wines named in its honour.

Shiraz, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, malbec, petit verdot, barbera, nebbiolo and sangiovese vines are planted here. Visitors are welcome at the gabled cellar door. Salters Restaurant serves light meals or long lazy lunches and dinners.

Cherie's Our Place colleague Maggie Beer is Queen of the Barossa. She and her husband established a small vineyard 28 years ago. They farmed game birds, which led to the establishment of their award-winning restaurant Pheasant Farm, which in turn led to a superb range of pates and condiments sold in their Maggie Beer Shop and in gourmet shops around Australia and internationally. Maggie's quince paste is sublime and you can buy it any day of the week between 10.30am and 5pm.


About an hour north of Adelaide.


Saltram Estate is open from Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, weekends and public holidays from 10am to 5pm. They open for lunch every day and dinner on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.

More information

Nooriootpa Road
Angaston SA 5353
Ph: (08) 8564 3355
Fax: (08) 8564 2209

Angaston Cottage Industries
38 Murray Street
Angaston SA 5353
Ph: (08) 8564 2596

Blond Coffee Shop
2/60 Murray Street
Angaston SA 5353
Ph: (08) 8564 3444

Barossa Valley Cheese Company
67b Murray Street
Angaston SA 5353
Ph: (08) 8564 3636

Maggie Beer's Pheasant Farm Shop
Pheasant Farm Road
Nuriootpa SA 5455
Ph: (08) 8562 4477
Fax: (08) 8562 4757

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