Chef Maggie Beer shares her best Barossa Valley wineries, restaurants and retreats; number 63 on Australian Traveller’s ‘100 amazing places you haven’t been to yet‘. Nominated by: Maggie Beer, cook, author and restaurateur.

Ask Maggie Beer to share her favourite Barossa secrets, and you’ll have trouble stopping her. “There are just so many,” she exclaims.

Her favourite wineries are “the ones that are so small they’re one step up from a tin shed – they’ve got real character, the passion is obvious and the owners are there at the cellar door”; among them Rockford, Willows, Tuesner and Pindarie.

There are also lots of great little eats, she says, particularly in the town of Angaston. Restaurant Casa Carboni is a tiny little Italian place, she says. “Go there on Sundays and they do an extended menu, so you can have a long lunch with perfectly handmade pasta, and a wonderful wine list and the most beautiful wine glasses,” she says.

But the biggest secret of all? Her very own country-luxe retreat, situated in the middle of her working farm. Set in the middle of a working orchard growing apples, pears, apricots, peaches and nectarines, ‘The Orchard House’ “has a full Miele kitchen, we’ve spared no expense,” Beer smiles, “and it’s so beautiful.”

Located across the creek from Beer’s iconic pheasant farm, the two-bedroom retreat comes with a fully-stoked pantry – including eggs from the chooks Beer keeps at her house – “and we would absolutely encourage you to get out and pick apples or pears from the orchard,” she says. “It’s very much a place for people who want to cook.”

Sounds like a place where we’d like to do just that. From $515 a night.

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