Sip back and relax in Barossa Valley—the wine capital of South Australia.
Barossa Valley has a beautiful, simple way of doing things. Your glass of Shiraz comes from the surrounding vineyards, and the food on your plate grew in a paddock over the road. Our local guides will help you experience the Barossa's history, traditions and relaxed pace of life with all five senses. You could be winding through endless rows of grapevines on a bicycle, sipping your way through 80 cellar doors (OK, you might need to go on another trip!), eating traditional German pastries and bread in the village of Hahndorf, or watching the sunset over the valley with a picnic hamper filled with local goodies. Your glass will always be half full in Barossa Valley, and we’re not just talking about the wine.
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Visit a traditional German village
The last thing you’d expect when you’re in wine country is to stumble across a small German town. Reaching the historic town of Hahndorf is like stepping back to Germany in the 1800s. It’s the oldest surviving German settlement outside of Germany with quaint cobbled streets lined with bakeries, pubs, cheesemakers, candlemakers, breweries and wineries. Indulge in German bread and pastries, grab a Pilsner, listen to traditional music or soak up German culture in the Hahndorf Academy.
Sip your way through wineries
Home to the most unique variety in Australia – Barossa Shiraz – and over 40 other grape varieties, it’s no wonder Barossa Valley is world-famous. There are over 150 vineyards and 80 cellar doors, and while one trip definitely isn’t enough to get through all of them, you can definitely make a dent. Penfolds, Seppeltsfield, Wolf Blass and Jacob’s Creek are but a few wineries you can visit. Sip your way through Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Shiraz or Semillon and wash it down with some delicious cheese.
Cycle the Barossa Heritage Trail
With rolling green hills lined with neverending grapevines, quiet winding streets, abundant orchards and lush paddocks, the views in Barossa Valley are just as tasty as the wine. Experience the beauty of the wine region from two wheels on the traffic-free Barossa Trail. There’ll be plenty of opportunities to hop off your bicycle and pop into cellar doors for a tasting (or two) and soak up the wine with some delicious food.
Visit Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop
If you haven’t heard of Maggie Beer – one of Australia’s most loved TV chefs – you soon will. Maggie fully embraces the paddock to plate ethos and you can taste the fruits of her labour (quite literally) in everything she cooks and sells. Pop into the Farm Shop for a coffee and a slice of cake, enjoy a cheese platter and cool glass of white on the deck or taste Maggie’s full range of relishes, jams, chutneys and sweet treats.
Indulge in top-notch food
Barossa Valley is an oasis for foodies. From the farmers’ markets and fine-dining restaurants to cosy village cafes and local takeaway shacks, you’ll see, smell and taste good food everywhere. They roll with the seasons here in the Barossa, and there are always new dishes popping up on menus inspired by the latest seasonal produce – all washed down with a glass (or two) of great wine, of course.
Soak up the smells and tastes at Lyndoch Lavender Farm
Lyndoch Lavender Farm is the largest lavender farm in South Australia. Wind through endless rows of purple with sweeping views across the hills and breathe in the fresh scent of lavender flowers. Make your way into the cafe where you can taste lavender biscuits, scones, dukkah, mustard and other lavender-infused goodies.
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Barossa Valley is located about 70km northeast of Adelaide in South Australia. It’s easy to get to with good road and public transport links to Adelaide and various other destinations in the state. It takes about 1-1.5 hours to drive to Barossa Valley from Adelaide. You can also take a local Adelaide Metro train from Adelaide Railway Station to Gawler Central. From Gawler Central, you can transfer to Barossa via a local bus operated by Link SA.
The best way to get around Barossa Valley is by going on a tour (especially if you want to enjoy a glass of vino or two) or driving. You can also get around by bicycle on the Barossa Trail – a 40 km traffic-free cycling/walking trail that begins just east of Gawler and ends Barossa Valley Way in Lyndoch. It goes through the heart of the region and showcases some of the best wineries and views. It's also a cheaper and more eco-friendly way to get around.
Home to around 150 wineries and 80 cellar doors, Barossa Valley is the place to be if you love wine.
Barossa Valley is most famous for its Barossa Valley Shiraz with its deep, bold and intense flavours of plums, blackberry, dark chocolate and spices. Other popular varieties are Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon, Grenache and Chardonnay.
Barossa Valley experiences a mild climate similar to the Mediterranean, which is what makes it such an amazing place to produce high-quality wine. It typically has cool winters with some rain, and warm and dry summers with plenty of sunlight. Autumn days are balmy and dry with cool nights and spring is mild and sunny. The Barossa has always been a place that rolls with the seasons and you can have an amazing time all year round. That being said, it really comes alive in autumn when the harvest begins and the weather is warm. Autumn is also when the Barossa Vintage Festival is on.
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