This was an “OK” tour. Our guide was pleasant and knowledgable but did not have an interesting narrative. This made the day sort of boring. We were not interested in spending our time going from vineyard to vineyard for wine tastings and perhaps that was a factor; however, we were under the impression that there could be focus on other features of Barossa Valley. Our guide suggested that we first drive through certain sections of Adelaide and visit historic sites to give us some insight into the background of the city. We complied to be agreeable but we had already toured much of the city and hearing more of its history was only mildly interesting. After this, we set off to the Barossa Valley for our first stop at Mengler’s Hill, a scenic overlook of the valley with an interesting collection of sculpture in the park below. From there we were taken to Yalumba for a wine tasting. This was an enjoyable experience but enough for us. We opted to continue on to our lunch at Vintners Bar & Grill in Angaston. This was disappointing to say the least. The “modern twist” signature of the chef was a bit weird. We were given a choice of 3 courses from the menu and it was difficult to spot anything on the menu that appealed to us. Unfortunately, our selections were not enjoyable. Another disappointment is that we were under the impression that we would also have the option to visit a brewery, as my spouse prefers beer to wine. This was discussed with both our travel agent and with the operator of the company, Mary Anne, who called the day before to discuss our interests. Our guide did not seem to have this on the agenda and really didn't know where to take us. He drove to Stein’s at Provenance Barossa and went inside to inquire and found that it was strictly a taproom. This was not at all what we had in mind, so we passed on it and decided to head back to the city.
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