Wed to Sun | 12.00pm - 3.00pm
(open daily from 16 Dec until 27 Jan; closed on Christmas Day)
$30 -$38 (mains)
Fri | 6.00pm - 10.00pm (Pizza)
$38 (Starter, pizza & dessert)
Bookings (08) 8383 0156
Just a short 500m from Karawatha Cottages, nestled below huge old gum trees is the Woodstock Wine Estate, featuring a brand-new cellar door, The Stocks Tasting Room (utilizing Jarrah timber from vats that have been used for 70+ years in fortified production) and the 30-year-old Coterie, McLaren Vale’s first winery restaurant (or at least one of the very first ones). Coterie means “the gathering of a group of people, or rather a circle of friends, for a specific purpose…” and that’s obviously to enjoy the great food and wines that Woodstock has to offer.
A rammed earth building, with extra high ceilings, French doors all around give you the feeling of sitting outside, amongst the gum trees at all times.
The restaurant is open for lunch from Wednesday to Sundays – with option of just a light lunch by choosing one of their smaller plates (think beautiful cheeses and an absolutely amazing turkey liver pate) or you can choose the fine dining option, with variety of delicious choices available (from Italian risotto and pasta, Asian style seafood or my personal favourite, the slow cooked beef). And whilst not topping my list of favourite dishes, we had guests coming back and absolutely raving about the Jerusalem artichoke ice-cream as desert!
Definitely not too miss: if you are staying the Friday night at Karawatha Cottages, you have to book in for a Woodstock’s Friday Night Pizza; I always describe it as ‘all you can eat’ pizza, but that doesn’t do it justice (and I have to admit, there are too many bad memories of all you can eat buffets from our student times …) and the official description of ‘endless pizza’ is way better – but either way, it is exactly that: for $ 38 you do get a shared starter, endless pizza and something sweet to finish off. And the pizza is truly outstanding, small (so you can sample multiple toppings), fresh from the wood fired pizza oven and even can be made with a great gluten-free base if required. All that accompanied with live music, the Woodstock wines (you can usually taste even if the cellar door is closed) and no need to worry about driving, as it is all in walking distance of your accommodation.