Barossa Valley Wine Tours
Visit South Australia’s Wineries
Situated just an hour north east of South Australia’s capital Adelaide, the Barossa Valley is home to some of Australia’s most famous wines.
Gentle hills and fertile valleys characterize the area’s landscape. Lutheran farmers originally settled the region in the 1830s, and it is now home to more than 50 wineries. These include international companies and smaller boutique vineyards.
Barossa Valley Wines
The region has a Mediterranean climate which is ideal for producing full-bodied reds and delicate whites. The Barossa is home to some of the oldest Shiraz vineyards in the world, dating back to the 19th century, and they produce some of the most delicious Shiraz wines around. But the Barossa is also renowned for its cabernet sauvignons, mourvedres, merlots, rieslings, semillons, chardonnays, and fortified wines.
Barossa Valley Wineries
Few travelers ever visit all of the Barossa’s wineries, but here are a few that shouldn’t be missed.
Tanunda Road, Nuriootpa
Penfolds creates a diverse range of wines including shirazes, cabernet sauvignons, chardonnays, and rieslings. Everyone can taste these varieties, but for something truly special it’s worth taking the Taste of Grange Tour. For $150, tourists can enjoy Penfolds’ internationally acclaimed Grange range and other premium wines. Another unique tour allows travelers to create their own unique wine blend. For $55, this is a truly educational, and delicious, experience.
97 Sturt Highway, Nuriootpa
Wolf Blass is renowned for its shirazes, grenaches, cabernet sauvignons, mourvedres, merlots, rieslings, semillons, and chardonnays. If all that sounds confusing, don’t worry. Wolf Blass offers tutored tastings to make it all a lot clearer. Once tourists are clued in, they can learn more about the winery’s history in the Wolf Blass Experience Room, and hear about the use of oak in winemaking in the Barrel Room.
Para Road, Tanunda
At the Richmond Grove cellar door, visitors can sample their favorite varieties, and special wines only available at the cellar door. These include the Cellar Door Old Tawny Port and vintage varieties of their popular whites and reds. Richmond Grove also runs a Basket Press Cellar Tour, which teaches travelers about the winery’s heritage and winemaking techniques.
Corner of Barossa Valley Higway and Sepeltsfield Road, Tanunda
This small family vineyard creates a range of popular wines including rieslings, sauvignon blancs, verdelhos, and cabernet merlots. While these wines are lovely, they’re not the main reason people tend to visit Chateau Dorrien. Its greatest appeal is its delicious sweet and spicy meads. Chateau Dorrien is one of only a few Australian vineyards that create this honey wine.
Two Hands Winery
Neldner Road, Marananga
Two Hands Winery are shiraz specialists, but their range also includes rieslings, moscatos, semillons, and grenaches. The cellar holds free public tastings, but the best way to learn about the wines is to take the masterclass. At $25 it’s very affordable, and gives tourists a greater understanding of Two Hands’ premium range.
While the Barossa Valley is within easy driving distance from Adelaide, many travelers choose to leave the car at home and take a coach tour instead. This gives tourists the luxury of enjoying as many tasting sessions as they like without worrying about driving home. Barossa Valley Coaches offers a daily service between Adelaide and the Barossa, although travelers using this service will be responsible for making their own way around the wine region.
For a completely hassle free experience, a guided coach tour is the way to go. These are a little more expensive, but the expert guides and door-to-door service make them worthwhile. Groovy Grape Getaways Australia and Echidna Tours offer day trips that visit a number of wineries and other local attractions. These tours may also be customized.
The Barossa Valley offers a range of accommodation solutions, all with the region’s trademark country hospitality. The Novotel Barossa Valley Resort offers luxury, while the Tanunda Caravan and Tourist Park is great for travelers on a budget. However, the region specializes in traditional bed and breakfasts, like Applecroft Cottages in Lyndoch and Barossa House in Tanunda.
Every second April – The Barossa Vintage Festival is Australia’s biggest and longest-running wine festival. There are more than 100 events during the week. (NOTE: Website currently down)
Every second April – Gawler Gourmet and Heritage Festival is a biannual celebration of local food, wine, and heritage.