I can’t stop singing South Australia’s praises. It’s a beautiful state, filled with wonderful people, delicious food, culture, variety and the best wine you’ll ever drink. In four years, squeezed into my days off, I’ve managed to see bits and pieces of SA – but not nearly as much as I would like. I can’t wait to hike the Flinders Ranges, camp in Innes National Park and explore the beaches on Eyre Peninsula. I look forward to ferrying across to Kangaroo Island and exploring the underground mines of Coober Pedy. Naturally, one of my greatest wishes is to eat a donut from every bakery in this fantastic state.
One of my bucket list destinations was Clare. Nestled in a valley this wine-making haven is home to one of my favourite wines – Reisling. So, at the start of February, we found ourselves on the road heading north towards Clare. In one hand I held a lengthy list of vineyards to attend, in the other a list of restaurants not to miss.
Clare Valley was charming. The Reisling trail exceeded expectations and left our legs weak, the delicious restaurants left our bellies full. The wine was superb and leaving Clare we had a much heavier car, plus much emptier wallets.
At the end of our stay, on our way out of town, it occurred to me that we had yet to review a donut. To travel all this way, and not have a blog to show for it, would be a crime. So, a quick Google led us to the nearest bakery, right on our way home.
The Little Red Grape Bakery is situated adjacent to the main road. At 10AM it was pleasantly busy, with people sitting out on its deck enjoying the fresh air. The staff were polite, the shelves well stocked. From signage there appeared to be a cellar door adjacent, a dangerously delicious combination. The donut didn’t disappoint and although we shared it between two, I would have happily had more.
Yes, Clare, like so many places in the magical state of South Australia, is a wonderful secret – full of surprising delights. I can’t wait to return.