If sipping some of the world’s finest and most famous vino sounds right up your vine, it’s time to cheers in the beautiful Barossa.
The Barossa region is located 65km northeast of Adelaide (50min drive).
Wine, wine, and did we mention wine?! Of course, the main draw of the Barossa is the endless wine-tasting expeditions: Shiraz and Eden Valley Riesling are the signature grapes. With over 150 wineries to taste test, there's not a dry moment in these parts. But wine aside, there’s farm-fresh food, historical buildings, and diverse experiences splashed throughout.
With a lot of good wine to go round, we thought it might be helpful to share our take on some of the best wineries the region has to offer...
You’ll find this winery in Nuriootpa, a family-run homestead that delivers an authentic tasting experience. With many awards to its name, this old home-turned-cellar door allows for standing or seated tastings with views spanning the 1894-founded vineyard. Those not partial to wine can be tempted by the espresso bar for a casual cuppa.
Kies Barossa Valley
At this winery, the focus is on quality, not quantity, so production is kept small. But the wines pack a big punch! The cellar door offers everything from dry riesling to fruity rosé, so all palettes are catered for. There’s a real feel-good factor to the cellar door with an ambience that keeps you wanting more, whether that’s wine or a hot cuppa from the onsite café, positioned adjacent to the winery.
RedHeads began life in a tiny shed in the backyard. It was a safe haven and a hub of creativity where winemakers would moonlight away from their day jobs at big wineries to make the wines they actually wanted to create. Now, the winery has a permanent home in the Barossa: an eco-friendly, sustainable cellar door.
Pop down to Pindarie for a cellar-door tasting at The Stables, a perfectly restored stable setting offering a genuine vineyard-to-glass experience. With unique experiences at this winery, you can choose to ‘walk, taste and grace’ or enjoy ‘vino and views’, a live music celebration of acoustic music and, of course, estate-grown wines.
Producing estate-grown wines across seven grape variants, this family-run winery takes a sustainable approach to winemaking. As a result, it’s the ultimate in a relaxed wine experience, even offering a ‘build your own platter’ option where you can select delicious spreads from local producers. Yum!
Sitting pretty on one of Australia’s prettiest rose gardens, the whole estate of Château Barossa covers 10ha with 5km of walkways. So, make sure to check out the stunning surroundings in between sips.
An icon in the heart of the Barossa, this château was established in 1890 and is one of the region's very first wineries. With 130 years of winemaking experience on premises, you can expect tasty wine.
Barossa Farmers Market
Explore dozens of market stalls where everything from organic fruit and veg, freshly baked breads, and ethically raised meats are up for grabs.
Maggie Beer's Farm Shop
Foodies must make a pit-stop at Maggie's, with homemade jams, condiments, and many other gourmet treats to delight the senses. But, much more than a shop, there are unique experiences to try, like the Pheasant Farm Wine Tastings, an interactive cooking demonstration, and the Ultimate Maggie’s Beer Farmshop Experience.
Appellation at The Louise
If it’s fine dining you’re after, darling, look no further than this experience. The Louise offers a world-class five-course dining menu made from locally sourced ingredients. The whole ambience and experience oozes ooh la la!
Nature is on your doorstep in the Barossa, and below are three conservation parks to pique your interest.
Mengler’s Hill Lookout and Barossa Sculpture Park
For 180-degree views of the delightful surrounds, head to Barossa Sculpture Park and Mengler’s Hill Lookout. Explore the park's abstract art or simply take a moment to sit back and absorb the scenery.
The Barossa region produces 21% of all Australia’s wines, so trust us when we say there’s plenty of vino to sip and enjoy!
BIG4 Barossa Tourist Park
Park type: Classic.
Need somewhere to relax and unwind after a day of wine tasting? Look no further than BIG4 Barossa! Enjoy variable accommodation set within pretty, spacious surrounds. The park also happens to gift the easiest access to walking and cycling trails and is on the doorstep of some of the best cafés, shops, and wineries in the region.
Equipped with a pool (one for tiny tots, too), a playground, tennis court, a communal fire pit for the cooler months, giant chessboard, go-karts, and a games room, both yourself and the kiddies will be entertained for days.