We have been in love with Kies Family Wines up in the Barossa Valley for as long as we can remember. It was always such a beautiful stop off on a Barossa wine tour or day trip, that we could not wait to take the kids up to soak in the serenity and tuck into a fabulous meal.

Located out at Lyndoch, under an hour from the CBD, this stunning estate offers a family friendly vibe that we find really hard to come across in what are usually adult centric venues. Our intrepid foodies, Mr 2 and 8, loved the lawn games (in what was a predominantly fenced area which we loved) and the staff catered for us wonderfully with a small table which was perfect for the younger ones. Sitting on the bench, beer in hand (locally brewed of course….we chose Rehn Bier from the Barossa), sun beaming down watching the kids play cornhole (thats the official name for ‘throwing the bean bag in the hole’) and quoits was true adult core memory stuff. Better yet they didn’t even fight!

So we have covered the speccy views (also a lovely rotunda if you want to bring along a bigger group) but the food at the Monkey Nut Cafe was second to none. Options include fish and chips and kids platter box, which were a nice alternative to the usual nuggets and chips. The milkshakes were the real standout here and what the kids raved about, with plenty of flavours and just enough to give them the insta wow factor but not overboard to make the kids sick on sugar. Well played indeed! For the adults, marquee platters are an unsurprising recommendation here, but if you are flying solo like we were with the kids on our trip, the salt and pepper squid was to die for.

The cellar door is beautiful and many an hour can be whittled away at the bar chatting to Jess who will bring you up to speed on the inspiring family history of this iconic winery. Did we mention the Tea? Because you simply cannot leave without a visit to the adjoining Tea Shop to pick up on some of the families fabulous Teas.

All that can be left to say is book in a lunch and enjoy your drive through the beautiful Adelaide Hills. It will be a day to remember!

Kies Family Wines
Location: 1303 Barossa Valley Way, Lyndoch
Opening Hours: Check their site for current opening times
Phone: 08 8524 4110 Email: cellardoor@kieswines.com.au
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