Start the day with a hearty bakery breakfast at the Little Red Grape, or opt for the cosy, buzzing St Just Cafe in Burra. But don’t overdo it, because come midday there are unmissable, scrummy options. Mr Mick Cellar Door and Kitchen has tapas-style dining. If your heart is set on a picnic hamper, stock up at the Shut the Gate Provedore Store before settling down in the sun.
The award-winning Bush DeVine Cafe at Paulett Wines runs on bush tucker flavours, with a long winery lunch menu that specialises in foraged, local and homegrown native ingredients. For another special lunch, the Slate Restaurant at Pikes Wines is delectable, with native food options like kangaroo tartare or local Gawler River quail.
For dinner, the seasonally sourced food at fine-dining Terroir Auburn is hard to top, and Conner’s Restaurant views over Lake Inchiquin are only surpassed by its fresh produce, exclusively Clare Valley wine menu, and a post-dinner nightcap at Conner’s Bar.
For casual drinks and food, Seed Clare Valley has a deli by day, bistro by night and rooftop bar that serves up woodfired pizza. Have a hankering for high-quality pub food? The Rising Sun Hotel’s menu ranges from classic tavern fare to fusion dishes that use South Australian ingredients.