With summers producing hot, dry days and mild temperatures in winter, the Barossa is a veritable playground for both oenophiles and casual imbibers at any time of the year.
Incorporating both Barossa Valley and Eden Valley, the region is one of the only areas of neighbouring warm and cool climate growing conditions in Australia. Gnarly grapevines connect rolling hills and charming villages in the undeniable hub of Australian wine.
Settled mainly by European Lutherans, the Barossa's living heritage can be found in its historic towns and beautifully preserved buildings and chateaus. Tanunda is considered central to any Barossa break; a town distinguished by stone facades and leafy boulevards lined with great eats and comfortable sleeps.
Cellar doors are scattered all throughout this undulating landscape of dusty green hills and from Tanunda, most are a short drive away. If you'd prefer to leave the driving to someone else, take your pick from coach tours, mini buses or luxury car transfers.
From big names to boutique labels, there are over 80 cellar doors in the Barossa. No doubt you've heard of Penfolds and Wolf Bass, a couple of little wine labels who call the region home.
All three are worthy of a stop, though there are myriad established makers offering a more boutique experience. Don't miss the stone settler's cottage cellar door of Rockford, or the insights from the tight-knit knowledgeable crew at St Hallett, a reputable local label famous for its Old Block Shiraz.
The bold, powerful Shiraz and Eden Valley Riesling may be the Barossa's biggest stars, but Cabernet Sauvignon, Mataro, Grenache, Viognier, Semillon and Tawny all cement the wine region as one of the world's greatest.
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Younger generation Barossans are making waves for their contemporary wine-making processes and unique cellar doors. Hit Lindsay Wine Estate for a tasting with a difference; your flight of wines can be paired with tunes of your choosing from an extensive vinyl catalogue.
You certainly wouldn't be amiss if you visited just to swirl and sip, but the spoils of the Barossa extend beyond the cellar door. Maggie Beer's famous farmhouse is a gourmand's dream, with picnic fare and her renowned pantry products (verjuice, anyone?). You may even catch a glimpse of Maggie at the Barossa Farmer's Market in Angaston, open every Saturday and packed to the brim with smallgoods, baked treats and local produce.
The Barossa has truly become a tantalising hub of fantastical feasts and languid lunches.
Hentley Farm is a popular lunch stop with an ever-changing menu based on what is abundant, fresh and of the highest quality. Expect wizardry on your plate at this lauded dining room. For dinner, few can go past the modern, Vietnamese flavours of FermentAsian. Their tables are some of the hottest in town – be sure to make a booking.
The Barossa is a true mecca for anyone who loves a good drop, but its pairing with regional flavours make it a gourmet haven for any bon vivant seeking a no-fuss day trip from Adelaide or languid getaway.