The Barossa Valley Wine Region
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The Barossa Valley is probably the most famous of the 3 Adelaide Wine Regions. It is particularly well known for its big Reds, notably, Shiraz.
Not only has it got great wine, but the scenery is beautiful. It really is a wonderful part of Australia and worth a visit.
The history of the region stems back to 1847 when German settlers first planted vines here. The word Barossa comes from the Spanish word “Barrosa” meaning “hill of roses”. In this charming area, there are plenty of cellar doors to visit.
Getting here and when to come
The Barossa is 84km (1 hour from Adelaide) so is an easy day trip from Adelaide.
You can take an organised day tour from Adelaide or self-drive. I'd opt for the self drive but stay at least a couple of days to really appreciate the scenery and of course the wine.
You can visit the wineries all year round and each season offers something different. The scenery in Autumn is particularly stunning. Or come in the winter and enjoy a more cosy stay. Summer is of course hot and humid with the vintage being picked at the end of January.
What to see and do
You can easily spend a couple of days just admiring the views in the Barossa valley but here are my picks of what to do:-
See it in style in a Vintage car with Auburn Tours. The itinerary is flexible and can include lunch at one of the wineries or they will supply a gourmet picnic hamper. Tours from $120 per person plus $60 pp for hamper.
If you would rather take a self drive around the Barossa Valley, then there are plenty of wineries to visit mainly in Tanunda and Nurlootpa .
The most well known (and therefore worth a visit) are probably Penfolds Wolfbass Jacobs Creek.
St Halletts - well known in Australia (great wine at reasonable prices) and they have a nice picnic area.
Or stop for lunch at Saltram which is on the way to Angaston from Nurloopta.
The farmers market just outside Angaston is held every Saturday morning until 11.30am. Great for tasting and experiencing the local produce.
Take part in the Butcher Baker Winemaker Trail. You buy a card for $65 which gives you a hamper of local produce. You then pick a wine trail and enjoy your food at various wineries along the way. Each course is then matched by the wine along the wine trail.
Where to stay
For an authentic experience why not stay on a vineyard – Jacobs Creek from $280 for one night orBarossa Shiraz Estate $220 minimum 2 night stay)Stonewell Cottages – www.stayz.com.au $205 per night
Budget accommodation: Barossa Valley Tourist Park Cabins from $47
Where to eat
There are some real culinary delights in the
so eating out should be a total pleasure. Or, buy some produce at the local famer's market and eat in.
Appellation at Marananga is an award winning restaurant featuring in the top 50 list for all of Australia. Book ahead but definitely worth it.
Jacobs restaurant on the Jacobs Creek estate is also well known for its food. Worth a trip
Salter's Kitchen at Saltram Winery for lunch is a good option in a stunning vineyard setting
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