Barossa Valley

Allow 1.5 hours to get to the famous Barossa Valley. To plan your trip, visit the excellent Barossa website.  Use their great little ‘trip planner’: add the places you want to visit, then print out a customised map.  Or pick up a free map at the Barossa Visitor’s Centre in Tanunda. Here’s our list of what to do in the valley and beyond.

  • Visit the wineries – of course. A visit to the Barossa is actually an opportunity to visit two wine regions  – the Barossa itself (famous for its big wines – reds in particular) and the higher Eden Valley (famous for its flinty Rieslings and now making some good cooler climate reds).
  • Down on the valley floor Rockford is a must.  For me it is THE iconic Barossa winery – fabulous wine, fabulous setting. Other favourites include Yalumba (big, really big – but beautiful), Charles Melton (great wines, casual setting) and Bethany Wines (amongst other things because it is in lovely Bethany).  It’s also worth asking cellar door staff for their recommendations.
  • Up higher, and a bit further afield, visit Henschke’s at Keyneton. This is the home of the famous Hill of Grace and other great reds.  But there you can also taste some of the best wines Eden Valley has to offer. Well worth the trip.  Check opening times before you go.
  • If you don’t want the drive, but still want to taste Eden Valley wines, pop in at Taste Eden Valley in Angaston.   This is a one stop shop, just off the main street, where you can try wines from a number of the wineries of that region – including some smaller producers who don’t have cellar doors.
  • Domain Day in Williamstown also has some interesting cool climate wines.
  • In Tanunda, dine at fermentAsia (sensational and award winning modern Asian food) or at 1918 (great food, lovely old house, fires in winter).
  • For a VERY special occasion,  stay at  The Louise and eat at Appellation – a luxury hotel with restaurant attached.  Expensive, but gorgeous.  You can stay elsewhere – but the Appellation do a fantastic tasting menu (a number of courses with matched wine) – so, if you choose that splendid dining option, a bed nearby is essential.
  • Shop at the Barossa Farmer’s Market (Saturdays from 7.30am).  Also a great place for breakfast.  The Barossa was one of the first places in SA to be farmed – mainly by German speaking settlers from Silesia (now part of Poland). Those German traditions are still apparent and reflected in the fine food available in the district.
  • If you can’t get to the Farmer’s Market make sure you at least pick up some German smallgoods from one of the excellent local butchers: Linke’s in Nuriootpa,  Schulz’s in Angaston.
  • Have a coffee (and stock up on goodies) at Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop near Nuriootpa.  Maggie is a SA food icon, a proud Barossa valley resident and the producer of everything from verjuice to icecream to chutney.
  • Monkey Nut Café is also a good place to stop for a coffee.
  • And I know this is an odd tip – but if you need supermarket supplies while you are in the Barossa, shop at the Foodland in Nuriootpa.  It is just a supermarket – a good one, but a supermarket nevertheless.  Wonderfully though, it is wholly owned by the community.  The Co-op that runs it was established shortly before the end of the second world war when, given the district’s German origins, the community needed a project to bring it together. It worked! Still going strong – run by the community, for the community.