One of Australia's most iconic wine-growing regions, the Barossa Valley lies an hour’s drive to the northeast of Adelaide. It includes the towns of Tanunda, Angaston and Nuriootpa where historic stone cottages and Lutheran cottages are a lasting legacy of the German settlers who arrived here in the 19th century. More than 150 wineries and 80 cellar doors scatter in the surrounding area, with Shiraz grapes being the local specialty.
Spend a day (or three) touring the cellar doors of the Barossa Valley that include some of the biggest names in Australian wine (Penfolds, Wolf Blass and Jacob’s Creek to name a few). Visit one of the oldest wineries in Australia at Seppeltsfield and discover the new generation of boutique and artisan winemakers leaving their mark.
Aside from its wine, the Barossa Valley is famed for its seasonal produce and artisan food, with the Butcher, Baker, Winemaker Trail an ideal introduction. Explore by car or bicycle with a picnic hamper in tow and fill it with gourmet produce at various stops along the way. Pick up smoked sausages and handmade relishes, as well as artisan cheeses, bread and a bottle of wine or two.
Follow the Barossa Heritage Trail that links the historic towns throughout the valley or grab a bike to explore the Barista, Brewer, Wine Cycle Tour. It takes you through vineyard-swathed landscapes dotted with artisan coffee makers, wineries and craft breweries. For something a little different, opt for a sunrise hot air balloon adventure to get a bird’s eye view of the Barossa Valley’s vineyards and villages, complete with a champagne breakfast.