Woodstock winery has me almost lost for words and that is rare. This place is a dream for kids and adults alike. Firstly it’s pretty big, there is loads of space and you really feel like you’re in the country which we loved. The big old trees are really special and make the whole place feel quite magical.
We arrived in time to do the kangaroo feeding which happens around 11.30 and it’s just the sweetest thing. The winery has a roo sanctuary that also houses an emu and you go in with a staff member and give the Roos a bottle of milk and some weetbix. The girls loved it as did I. I’m scared of emus and kept my distance but he just ate his carrots and the girls thought it was gorgeous. Find out more about the Woodstock Wildlife Sanctuary here
After the Roos we headed straight to the playground where the old swing was the fave.
We had booked and the table was set for us inside but after the playground there was no going back so the staff kindly set us a table right by the playground and it was just perfect. The girls could play and pop back when the meals came and we could chat.
There is the tasting room near playground so you can always get one adult to hang with the kiddies and the other to pop in for a little tasting while you’re there. I can highly recommend their sav Blanc.
Meals at Woodstock winery are exquisite and I cannot rave enough about the flavours, presentation and detail. The girls all got kids meals and the gluten free meal was accommodated beautifully with the chicken tenders not being crumbed. We loved the fact that all the kids meals came with a fresh and delicious salad on the plate and were extra happy when all the girls ate it!
We also loved the fact that the kids menu has the option to choose any main meal from the menu and have the chef make this a kids sized meal. This idea is genius and I’m hoping it takes off far and wide to get our wee ones expanding their taste buds and eating more broadly. I often choose things from the menu that I don’t make at home and I was spoilt for choice here so we decided to taste broadly from the menu and share. It was a taste sensation which started with the sour dough bread.
The staff are so full of knowledge around the menu and it’s like a lesson in culinary delights and produce which we really enjoyed and it started lots of good conversations with the girls about food too.
It’s fudge and mousse and parsnip ice cream and so much more. The detail and care and what can only be described as art that goes into the food cannot be explained easily. Have a look online and the menu and then book a table.
There were families that came in and set up by the playground and simply got a bottle of wine from the cellar door and you could add to this by getting desert or meal etc. The food really needs to be experienced.
After lunch we headed out the back to the the grass area (that has in the past hosted an old school favourite Peter Coombe ) for some cartwheels and climbing (the kids) The lawn shouts “come play….come and do cart wheels on me” and that we did.
I left here feeling that it’s so much more than a place to just eat, with the Roos and the playground and meal experience it really is a destination in itself .
Final thoughts on Woodstock Wines…
- Children’s delights and Culinary highlights. Head here for amazing food and kid fun!
- Ensuring you arrive for the kangaroo feeding, its cuteness overload and laughs will be had
- Older kids will love the open space and the stocks.
- Allow time to enjoy the playground and the ‘stocks’
- Encourage adventurous young palates to enjoy the chefs ‘child sized main’ at $18 Or for less adventurous there is a chicken or pasta kids menu at $15
- Discuss the art of food and amazing produce used here with the kids at the table (this was a hit for us)
For other places and things to do with kids in McLaren Vale check out this link