On a warm Monday morning, we found ourselves south of Adelaide celebrating my husband’s birthday. An early start got us to Victor Harbor by 8AM, where we visited the fabulous Waitpinga Farm for some quad biking. Once finished, and with all limbs accounted for, we had most of the day still ahead of us. So, as we drove through McLaren Vale on the way home, we took the opportunity to sample some of their local goods.
The plan had been to stop only at Settler’s for some gin, but before we knew it we added Mollydooker and a new, gorgeous cellar door called Samson Tall to the list. A friend came and joined us mid-afternoon and once we had filled ourselves with wines – or at least had tasted them for those of us designated to driving – it occurred to the party how hungry we were.
Willunga is a charming town. Beautiful old buildings ooze character and class with gnarley old trees, expanses of green lawns, and pleasant shaded parks lining its streets. Not only is Willunga aesthetically pleasing, but it’s surrounded by rolling vineyards, which at this time of year where dripping in juicy grapes.
The bakery matched the style of the town both inside and out. It was an old building which embraced its past with a collection of pictures and oddities that would rival an antique store. A mismatch of wooden chairs graced square tables covered in a multitude of different fabrics. Even the bakery cabinet hailed from a bygone era – beautifully crafted, no doubt by hand, it had stood the test of time. The bakery had its charm being stuck in the last century, not even having a card machine, but only taking cash (there’s an ATM next door).
The lady who served moved with precision and grace, serving up our pies and donuts with ease. We sat outside in the afternoon sun appreciating the view and our goods. It was a fabulous donut to finish a fabulous day.