More than just a place in South Australia, Barossa Valley is a celebration of cultures, food, art, and of course, wine! A 50-minute drive northeast of Adelaide will take you to one of Australia’s oldest and most premier wine regions.
It’s a powerhouse. Even though it’s just 25km long, it’s the source of 21% of Australia’s wine – that’s the Australian spirit for you!
Barossa Valley wineries and wine culture is heavily influenced by the German settlers who arrived in the area in the mid-19th century. After years of trying different agricultural crops, the settlers decided that the warm and fertile soil of Barossa Valley was perfect for viticulture and so Barossa Valley started its journey of becoming one of the world’s most renowned wine regions.
Murray Street Vineyards
The name of this winery sounds like an address. That’s because it is – the address to one of the best wines in Barossa Valley. It was established in 2001 with an aim to utilise the perfect mix of wet winter and dry summer weather to create some very fine fruit. Today, the estate specialises in producing in some amazing blends of Shiraz and Shiraz.
Visit the Greenock Estate Tasting Room where you can enjoy an excellent wine paired a local produce platter against the beautiful backdrop of Western Ridge. The Tasting Room has been rated as a “number 1 thing to do” by TripAdvisor in 2015, 2016 and in 2017. Quite an accomplishment, we say.
Owned and operated by the Lindner family for six generations, Langmeil Winery is home to the oldest block of Shiraz in Australia – the first vine being planted back in the 1840s. It’s also where the famous Langmeil Freedom 1843 Shiraz comes from.
Today, the Langmeil Winery is known for making award-winning premium wines all over the world. The estate was resurrected in 1996 and now offers a host of wonderful experiences including the famous Freedom Experience. The Freedom Cellar is an underground cellar where you can taste Langmeil’s most rare and sought-after wines. It also includes a guided historical tour of the 1842 Langmeil property and a visit to the Freedom 1843 vineyard.
A family-owned property, Pindarie Winery features a 100-acre vineyard, a 750-acre farm, and a multiple tourism award winner cellar door.
Winemakers Tony and Wendy have spent over 20 years restoring Pindarie’s original farm buildings. Today, the cellar doors offer a fantastic 360-degree view of the vineyard that goes very well with the handcrafted wines including Shiraz, Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The cellar door’s Grain Store offers seasonal lunches made from local produce. Enjoy a range of delicious handmade pies, seasonal platters, beverages, cheeses, and much more!
Four generations of the Pfeiffer family have dedicated their lives to growing grapes of the highest quality. Established in 1999 by third-generation brothers Chris and Martin, Whistler Wines produces seven varieties of estate grown wines including Shiraz, Merlot, cabernet sauvignon, Riesling, and more.
Currently, the winery is headed by fourth generation grape grower Josh Pfeiffer who has combined modern and traditional practices to create premium yet sustainable wines.
Experience some of these amazing wines at the cellar door along with cheese platters. The winery is also famous for holding food and wine events featuring local artists and food producers. Wine, food, and music create the perfect atmosphere for a good time.
Kies Family Wines
The Kies family has been a part of the Barossa wine culture since 1857. The current generation of winemakers Tina and Michael opened the Kies Family winery in 1985 by renovating a little cottage which was once used as a chaff mill, into a rustic ironstone cellar door.
The winery produces an award-winning wine range of fruit-driven whites, full-bodied reds and a selection of fortified wines in small quantities. Their philosophy has been “not to get bigger just get better” which is why they focus on quality rather than quantity.
The wine can be paired with platters and light snacks that are served at the Monkey Nut Café. They also have great coffee and homemade dishes on offer.
Founded in 1976 by Ralph Jones, Kellermeister is a family-run winery, owned and operated by the Pierce family who acquired the business in 2012. Today, the winery is rated in the top 7% of Australian producers by wine critic James Halliday.
In the mudbrick cellar door, you’ll be treated to a range of award-winning wines, cider and fresh local Barossa produce platters. Pair this with picturesque views of the Barossa Valley and you get one of the best cellar door experiences in the valley.
Peter Lehmann Wines winery was built in 1979 in Tanunda on the banks of the North Para River. The winery has some of the oldest vines of Shiraz with which they make some of Australia’s most prestigious wines.
In the winter, guests can sit by the open fire and enjoy some very fine wines. While on a sunny day, the picnic tables and open grounds make for the perfect setting to relax with your friends and have a good time.
The Cellar Door offers tastings of more than 40 wines which can be enjoyed with a
fresh and the locally-produced food menu that changes seasonally.
Built in 1911, the Penfolds winery sits comfortably in the heart of Barossa Valley. The Penfolds vineyard in Barossa Valley is home to the Kalimna Block 42 vines which are thought to be the oldest continuously-producing cabernet sauvignon vines in the world.
The cellar door is a must-visit. Not only does it provide some great wines to taste but also the Make Your Own Blend Tour. Learn the philosophy and spirit behind Australia’s greatest wines – by creating your own. You get to enter the winemakers’ laboratory and use popular grapes to make your own blend which is then placed into a bottle for you to take home.
Being so close to the state’s capital city means transportation is no problem. There are daily flights to Adelaide from all major airports. After your arrival at the airport, you can drive from Adelaide airport to Barossa Valley in just an hour. Public transport options and car rentals are also available.
In Parafield, there is a light-plane airport for private charters. You can reach in about 45 minutes from there.
Things to do
Yes, the valley is known for its wine but that’s not all. It’s also famous for its food, people and entertaining local festivals. You have cycling tours, hot-air balloon rides, farmer’s markets, music festivals, award-winning restaurants, and more to keep you entertained for your entire trip. You’re not getting bored at Barossa Valley.
Also, if you want to view Barossa Valley from a spectacular angle with the chance of seeing western grey kangaroos? Go to the Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park and you can do both.
We know there’s a lot waiting for you in Barossa Valley. From gorgeous scenery and intimate cellar doors to cultural festivals and amazing food. But instead of rushing, take your time to plan the perfect trip. Here are a few helpful tips to make the most out of your getaway.
- If you can, try to make it to at least one of the festivals – The Barossa Vintage Festival in April that celebrates the end of grape harvest or the Barossa Gourmet Weekend in September which is Australia’s largest and longest running wine tourism event. Welcome the spring by enjoying food and wine with winemakers and producers.
- Want to sip on a fortified wine that was made in the year you were born? The Taste Your Birth tour allows you to do just that. Pretty cool if you ask us.
- Barossa Valley isn’t too big which makes biking around the region a pretty good way of exploring the valley. You can also hire a Segway from Segway Sensation.