Best Things to See and Do in the Barossa Valley Wine Region
Arguably the most successful and famous wine region in the whole of Australia, the Barossa Valley wine region produces wine famous all around the world. But where exactly is it? What are the best wineries to visit? And is there anything else to experience besides wine tasting? Let’s go deep into the vineyards and find out what makes up this beautiful countryside called the Barossa Valley wine region.
Keep reading to discover the best cellar doors for wine tasting and tours, cycling trails and the fabulous attractions that are at the heart of the historic Barossa Valley wine region.
Situated 70km north-east of Adelaide in South Australia, the Barossa Valley wine region is made up of nine towns located in the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley. These towns include Tanunda, Angaston, Gawler, Greenock, Kapunda, Lyndoch, Williamstown, Nuriootpa and Seppeltsfield.
Recommended Cellar Doors
With over 150 wineries and 80 cellar doors it’s understandably hard to know where to start. If indeed it is wine tasting you are after, I have selected some must see cellar doors. I believe what makes for a good visit to a cellar door is uniqueness, architecture and a personal touch that enhances your tasting experience and leaves you wanting more. Some of the following recommendations are famous and commercial, while others are boutique and vintage. Try to get an experience from all kinds of cellar doors to grasp what the wine from the Barossa Valley wine region has to offer.
Here are my top five cellar doors to visit in no particular order:
This cellar door has the ‘wow’ factor upon arrival due to the distinct large grounds and stone buildings. The tasting room is cool and spacious, the staff were very knowledgable and considerate, and there is an onsite cooperage room for viewing, that has been making the Yalumba oak barrels since the turn of the 20th century.
Langmeil Winery was definitely a highlight for us both. Our experience left us more knowledgeable, and the staff were very hospitable, taking the time to personally show us around the vineyards and winery in full vintage swing. They also let us taste to our heart’s content. This cellar door was a combination of not being too big and commercial, nor was it too small and unpopular. The wines themselves tasted spectacular!
Rockford Wines in the Barossa showcases a traditional and boutique wine-tasting experience, starting at their small, stone cottage cellar door. Though it can quickly get crowded and the staff are quite busy, it is busy for a good reason. The wines themselves are exclusively sold through their cellar door, which in itself makes the visit worthwhile. Tip: The P.S. Marion tawny is my absolute favourite fortified wine.
Artisans cellar door offers a unique tasting room that promotes some unusual styles of small-batch wine-making. There are wine lists from seven different wineries including Sons of Eden, Spinifex, Teusner, Schwarz Wine Company, Massena, John Duval Wines and Hobbs of Barossa. This cellar door also offers a great view and a renowned chef.
Seppeltsfield Winery offers an experience as if you are visiting a small village. Here you will encounter over 100 years of history, the Jam Factory (art studio), tasting room, gardens, cooperage, kiosk, different types of tours, a gift shop, accommodation, catering functions and FINO Restaurant.
We enjoyed the ‘Daily Heritage Tour’ for $15 per person.
“This tour gives a behind the scenes look through the estate’s treasure trove of historical buildings and spectacular surroundings. Learn of the Seppelt family history and their profound influence on the Australian wine industry.”
This tour was insightful because of the history but was very impersonal and doesn’t teach you anything about the wine making process that you wouldn’t already know.
Local Sights and Activities
If indeed you are looking to experience more than just the wine, there are many exciting options available.
Take a visit to the Barossa Reservoir where you can walk across the Whispering Wall. The name comes from the unique acoustics it offers. You can have a quiet conversation with someone standing at the other end of the wall, about 140m away.
Do you like views? How about seeing the whole of the Barossa Valley wine region in one go. Experience this by either helicopter or hot air balloon. Barossa Valley Ballooning offers a thrilling adventure ride over the patchwork countryside at $300 per adult. Barossa Helpcopters provide different packages ranging from $35 for a four minute flight, to $230 for a thirty minute deluxe flight.
Prefer to stay on the ground? Try the scenic Barossa drive, or get on your bike and cycle the Jack Bobridge Track as it winds through vineyards between Gawler and Tanunda. There are even segway tours for those who are really co-ordinated!
Perhaps somewhere to eat is on your mind. A visit to the Barossa Valley wine region is not complete without a visit to Maggie Beer’s Farm Cafe, which offers all-day eating, overlooking a lake full of turtles and an olive grove.
I hope you find the time to visit this picturesque and historic part of the country called the Barossa Valley Wine Region. You will not be disappointed now that you are in ‘the know’ with the best things to see and do in the Barossa Valley. So, rally some friends or that special someone and have fun!