October 2021

Port elliot & barossa Valley

About the tour

A Taste of Italy in south australia Food Tour

Come and enjoy this special travel experience with like-minded people who share a love of Italy, regional Australia, quality local food and wine, and living la dolce vita … 

This 9-day tour is running from Tuesday 5th October through to Wednesday 13th October 2021 and we’ll be exploring the scenic Barossa Valley and Port Elliot regions of South Australia. 

We’ll be staying in boutique accommodation (with exclusive use for our group), and we’ll be dining on delicious food and sipping great Australian wines that will remind us of Italy. We’ll partake in a handful of cooking classes throughout the tour, along with visits to wineries and other food producers, and there’ll be sightseeing and time for relaxing too! 

Personal Host

Meredith will be your personal host throughout the tour and will be co-hosting the Port Elliot section with Renato Di Stefano, a passionate advocate for Italy, Italian food, wine, and language. Emily Tassone, travel planner extraordinaire and director of Avanti Italy, will be joining us in the Barossa Valley.


22 meals as outlined in the itinerary including a help-yourself breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 8 dinners.


3 nights at Jacob's Creek Retreat in the Barossa Valley, and 5 nights at Waverley Estate in Port Elliot.


Travel by private mini coach throughout the itinerary. Group transfers from and to Adelaide airport.

A Taste of Italy in South Australia Food Tour

Detailed Information

“I have a passion for Italy, its people, the language and culture and of course the very rich and diverse cuisine. As a TAFE lecturer for many years I introduced the concept of teaching the Italian language and culture through its cuisine giving students a small taste of the broad and varied gastronomy of the regions of Italy. I have been hosting tours to Italy for more than 17 years and I look forward to hosting this tour alongside Meredith.”
Renato Di Stefano

DAY 1 - Tuesday 5 October - Adelaide to Barossa Valley

  • 2pm – Meet Meredith and rest of group for transfer from Adelaide to Jacob’s Creek Retreat at the Barossa Valley.
  • Jacob’s Creek Retreat, your home for the next 3 nights. Jacobs Creek Retreat offers exclusive boutique vineyard accommodation. Nestled amongst stunning gardens, the historic 1840’s stone buildings have been transformed into a selection of 7 suites, across 4 different room types; all uniquely designed and furnished to create a world of relaxation and tranquillity.
  • Welcome drink with hosts; Meredith & Emily (director of Avanti Italy).
  • 6.30pm – Private wine tasting and welcome dinner at Lou’s Place at Lou Miranda Estate Winery (4 course meal and wine included). Lou’s Place offers a modern interpretation on Mediterranean cuisine in the beautiful and charming family-owned Lou Miranda Estate winery. Seasonal, local produce, wholesome and generous menu and a relaxed, fun dining experience that brings a taste of the Mediterranean to the Barossa Valley.
  • Opening especially for our private group, it is sure to be a special dining experience.

Overnight: Jacob’s Creek Retreat

DAY 2 - Wednesday 6th October

  • Continental breakfast.
  • 9am – 3pm –Cooking class and 4-course lunch (with wine) with Matteo Carboni at Casa Carboni. Moving to the beautiful Barossa Valley from Parma in Northern Italy, Fiona and Matteo Carboni established Casa Carboni in December 2012.
  • Matteo and Fiona’s desire to pass on the knowledge of Italian cooking using beautiful Barossa produce, combined with fine wine and the joy of sharing both with good company is the cornerstone of everything they do at Casa Carboni. Please note: Every effort is made to accommodate all dietary requirements; however, some dietary requirements may not be able to be met in the cooking class component. Please discuss your dietary requirements with Emily at time of booking.
  • Approx 3pm – Enjoy a visit and tasting at Barossa Valley Cheese Company.
  • Transfer to accommodation for rest before dinner.
  • 7pm – Light dinner at the Pavilion by Meredith.

Overnight: Jacob’s Creek Retreat

DAY 3 - Thursday 7th October

  • Continental breakfast.
  • 10.30amVineyard visit and wine tasting at Cirillo Estate Wines with Marco Cirillo. The Cirillo family moved to the small district of Light Pass in 1970. Vincent Cirillo became the custodian of some exceptional vineyards that were planted in 1848; today it is noted to be the oldest surviving and producing Grenache and Semillon parcels in the world. Their prized fruit went to well‐known producers; Rockford, Peter Lehmann, St. Hallet and Torbreck. Marco Cirillo, the youngest of four children had always helped the family cultivate and preserve their precious Grenache, Semillon and Shiraz vineyards. It was during the late 1990’s when Marco was studying winemaking through Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, and actively working as a cellar hand where he honed his skills as an exceptional winemaker that he is today.
  • 12pmSignature Experience at Seppeltsfield Winery. Join us in the Centennial Cellar with a wine from your own birth year direct from barrel. Followed by a long lunch at destination restaurant Seppeltsfield FINO, matched with our award winning Seppeltsfield wines.
    You will start with an immersive experience of the Centennial Cellar – the jewel in the crown at Seppeltsfield, privately hosted by a Seppeltsfield wine educator. Walk along-side the longest lineage of single vintage wines in the world dating back to 1878, culminating in a taste of Para Vintage Tawny direct from barrel of your birth year – a bucket list experience! Then enjoy a thoughtfully curated, regional shared menu, paired with Seppeltsfield Wines, celebrating the best of South Australia. Let us feed you, with award-winning food and wines while you sit back and enjoy the picturesque surroundings.
  • After free time to explore the Seppeltsfield Village, transfer back to accommodation.
  • 7pm – Dinner by Meredith at the Pavilion (at Jacob’s Creek Retreat). Enjoy a casual evening together with dinner prepared by Meredith.

Overnight: Jacob’s Creek Retreat

DAY 4 - Friday 8th October - Barossa Valley to Port Elliot

  • Cooked breakfast by Meredith in the Pavilion (at Jacob’s Creek Retreat).
  • 10am – Transfer from Jacob’s Creek Retreat to Port Elliot.
  • 12pm – Enjoy a set-menu lunch with wine at the famous Star of Greece restaurant located right on the ocean’s edge in Port Willunga.
  • Approx 3.30pm – Arrival at Waverley Estate – Understated elegance with a hint of coastal European style.
  • Welcome drink with hosts; Meredith and Renato. After settling into your room, join your hosts Renato and Meredith in the main house for an aperitivo with the other guests.
  • Welcome dinner by Renato. Enjoy a delicious 3 course dinner with newfound friends in the dining room.

Overnight: Waverley Estate

DAY 5 - Saturday 9th October

  • Continental breakfast.
  • After breakfast in the main house, the morning is at leisure followed by a culinary art session which includes fresh pasta making with Renato and then indulge in the fruits of your labour at lunch.
  • A leisurely afternoon playing Bocce in the garden followed by wine tasting at Cellar 58 is the perfect way to welcome the evening before dinner.
  • Pizza night for dinner at Cellar 58.

Overnight: Waverley Estate

DAY 6 - Sunday 10th October

  • Continental breakfast.
  • After breakfast we will head into Port Elliot for free time to explore this little town before taking the 12.30pm Cockle Train to Victor Harbor.
    and thus gained its name. The Cockle Train travels along the oldest steel railed railway in Australia dating back to 1854 when it was constructed to provide a link between the River Murray and the ocean wharfs at Pt Elliot and later at Victor Harbor. Why is this icon journey called the “Cockle Train”? In early days of settlement, the local residents would take a horse drawn train to Goolwa to collect Cockles from the sandy beaches near the Murray mouth. It was a great day’s outing.
  • Free time in the lovely coastal town of Victor Harbor for lunch, sightseeing and shopping.
  • 3.30pm – Transfer from Victor Harbor back to Waverley Estate.
  • Cooking class followed by dinner with Renato and Meredith.

Overnight: Waverley Estate

DAY 7 - Monday 11th October

  • Continental breakfast.
  • Enjoy a free, leisurely morning at Waverley Estate; play bocce, perhaps a hit of tennis or go for a walk into town.
  • 12.30pm – Transfer to Goolwa Wharf for a 3.5 hour cruise of the Coorong, including a light lunch.
    A delicious light lunch is served on board as we cruise downstream from the port of Goolwa along the historic wharf & towards the Goolwa Barrage. Travel through the lock chamber, down to sea level and spot a few lazy fur-seals lounging about. We then meander along the waterways of the Coorong, following the last kilometres of the mighty Murray River to the Murray Mouth and its opening to the Southern Ocean.
    Cruise on past the Murray Mouth and into Storm Boy country, passing by the quaint fishing village of the Coorong Shacks before pulling up onto the beach for a optional guided walk through the dunes, Indigenous Midden site, rich cultural interpretation and bush-tucker trail to the infamous 90-Mile Beach and the roaring Southern Ocean.
    Learn the ‘Coorong Shuffle’ and dig for Pipi’s on the beach before returning back to the vessel and continuing our cruise past Storm Boy filming sites and towering dunes. Afternoon Tea is served on the meandering return journey back to Goolwa. Beautiful scenery, bird-life, seals and expert commentary along the way – this 3.5 hour cruise of Discovery is the perfect way to see the remote and wondrous wetlands of the Coorong.
  • 4.30pm – Transfer back to Waverley Estate
    Dinner at Waverley Estate by Renato and Meredith.

Overnight: Waverley Estate

DAY 8 - Tuesday 12th October

  • Continental breakfast.
  • After breakfast we head to Aldinga Beach to visit Arthur at Golden Dove Olive Farm for a visit of his olive grove followed by olive oil and olive tasting.
  • We then head to McLaren Vale to Coriole Vineyards for a private wine tasting, followed by a 5-course tasting menu lunch with matching wines.
  • And to finish the day we visit boutique family winery, Vigna Bottin. Here we will enjoy a wine tasting with owner, Maria Bottin in their Tuscan inspired cellar door.
  • Travel back to Waverley Estate for rest and relaxation before dinner.
  • Dinner at Waverley Estate by Renato and Meredith.

Overnight: Waverley Estate

DAY 9 - Wednesday 13th October - Port Elliot to Adelaide

  • Farewell breakfast at the villa.
  • 10am – After breakfast transfer from Waverley Estate to the Adelaide (approx. 1.5 hrs – should arrive into Adelaide by 11.30am).
  • Arrivederci e Buon viaggio!
  • $5,990 per person/twin share (excludes airfares)
  • Early bird Discount of $150 per person if booked and deposit paid before 15 June 2021
  • Single supplement $2,500
  • Deposit (Non-refundable*) AUD $1,000 per person upon booking. *If the tour is unable to proceed or a guest is unable to attend due to COVID restrictions – then a full refund or credit for a future tour will be offered.
  • Final payment is due no later than 27 August 2021.
  • Meredith as your personal host throughout the tour
  • Renato di Stefano as your local host in Port Elliot
  • Emily Tassone as your local host in the Barossa Valley
  • Sightseeing per itinerary with entry fees
  • 3 nights stay at Jacob's Creek Retreat
  • 5 nights accommodation at Waverley Estate
  • Culinary art sessions with Renato
  • Cooking class at Casa Carboni
  • 22 meals as outlined in the itinerary including a help-yourself breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 8 dinners (with limited wine, additional wine available for purchase)
  • Travel by private mini coach throughout the itinerary
  • Group transfers from and to Adelaide Airport
  • Please note that most meals do include some beverages, however additional beverages and snacks are not included in the tour.
  • Meals, snacks and drinks other than those specified in the itinerary
  • All items of a personal nature such as telephone, laundry
  • Airfares

Final payment is due no later than 27 August 2021. Cancellations of bookings will be subject to AUD $1,000 per person cancellation fee, however if the tour is unable to proceed or a guest is unable to attend due to COVID restrictions – then a full refund or credit for a future tour will be offered.

Prices specified are based on tariffs applicable at the time of printing; these may be subject to change without prior notice until final payment date. Group cost quoted for this tour is based on a minimum of 10 guests. If the minimum number of guests is not reached the tour will be cancelled and deposits will be refunded to those that have paid. Itinerary and accommodation subject to change.

If Meredith Morschel, Renato di Stefano, or Emily Tassone is not able to fulfil his/her commitments as host due to illness or death in the family then the tour will either be cancelled or a replacement host will be appointed. It is strongly advised to take out an insurance policy that covers you for such an unlikely event.

Come and enjoy this special travel experience

For more information, send me an email and I will answer any questions you may have. Meredith x