Whistler Wines, Barossa Valley, South Australia
Family Friendly Winery Review
Review by Susannah Marks
On a recent trip to the Barossa we stopped in at Whistler Wines. If you love the Barossa and exploring different vineyards with your children in tow then we think Whistler Wines is worth a look. There is so much here that is geared to families relaxing and enjoying themselves. The wines are also delicious.
The play area here is good fun for little people with sturdy plastic play equipment, a swing set designed for children under the age of eight, another swing set for older children – and there’s also a cricket pitch.
You can even perch on a stool under the verandah and relax while the kids play.
Resident dog Cooper (featured in the Wine Dogs book which you can peruse inside the cellar door) keeps an eye on the children and seems very friendly.
The brightly coloured play equipment is perfect for little people, and there are also logs to climb on.
This is the separate swing set which will appeal more to older children.
The swing set includes a couple of swings, a jigger and some rings for budding gymnasts. Note: there is no soft fall rubberised surface here!
It’s amazing how many kids were able to squeeze into this at the same time. With windows that slide open and shut and a roof that you could poke your head out of, this cubby house kept my daughter busy for ages.
Trees for Climbing
Seating and Eating
Long tables outside lend themselves to a lazy lunch, or you can grab a stool in the shade under the verandah. One family we saw were enjoying a picnic and had an umbrella attached to their baby’s highchair.
Whistler Wines Cellar Door
Friendly, knowledgeable staff and a little toy corner for small people make Whistler Wines’ cellar door an inviting place to come to with small people. There’s a couple of toy baskets and even a tiny little wooden writing desk.
Whistler Wines Larder – Build Your Own Platter
We thought this was an excellent idea. If you don’t fancy the thought of a full sit-down winery lunch, or if you’ve got kids with rumbly tummies, then the larder gives you the flexibility to try some local produce and make up your own platter. You just grab a big wooden board, select the items you want and pay at the counter.
They even have kids’ lunch packs for around $5 which include things like crackers and cheese and fruit juice. My children were keen on the little plastic containers of almonds ($1) and olives ($2).
This review was written and photographed by Susannah Marks. Originally from New Zealand, she now calls Adelaide home and loves getting out and about and exploring all the fabulous things for families to do in Adelaide. See her blog Seesaws & Cellar Doors for more of her work.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Whistler Wines website.
What: Whistler Wines Review
When: Open 7 days 10:30am-5pm (closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, New Years Eve & New Years Day)
Where: 241 Seppeltsfield Road, Stone Well (see map here)
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As per all our Play & Go reviews, this is not a sponsored post and our review is done completely independently. All photos are by Susannah Marks for Play & Go. See her blog Seesaws & Cellar Doors for more of her photographs.
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