Barossa Valley, Adelaide
Visiting the Barossa wineries is a must-do activity for anyone visiting this part of the World. There are many trips available, mainly day trips as it is less than 50k from Adelaide. Familiar names like Penfolds and Jacobs Creek are encountered here. Also look out for elements of the historical German heritage, in street names, architecture (particularly churches) and the odd wurst shop.
The observant amongst you will recognise the artwork signature of their Cabernet Sauvignon. Peter Lehmann makes consistently good Shiraz and it was their Barossa Valley Shiraz that introduced me to wines of very fine tannins. I thought James Halliday was a little harsh on rating his Shiraz but try it, it is as smooth as butter. Forget Clancy's or the Grenache, just go for the straight Shiraz.
The Barossa Valley is one of the most famous wine producing areas of Australia. It is also the most prolific -- 1/3 of all Aussie wines are made here.
There are 50+ wineries to visit, most of which are open to the public for tastings. Head out on the main highway and watch for winery signs. They are very well marked.
The Barossa Valley was originally settled by German immigrants, and you'll find that a lot of the wines reflect this - rieslings, gewurtraminiers, etc. You can check out the history of the immigrants and the area at the Barossa Historical Society Museum in Tanunda - (08) 8563-0507.
This is Australia's most well known wine growing region, with up to fifty wineries operating in the area. Situated only a half hours drive from Adelaide, with beautiful scenery along the way, and plenty of towns and wineries to stop for refreshments. Listed below are some popular wineries in the area, most have tours and open cellar doors, with wine tasting and sales.
Burge Family Winemakers
Lyndoch +61 (0)8 8524 4644
9 Basedow Road, Tanunda +61 (0)8 8563 3888
Cocatoo Ridge Wines
Barossa Valley Way, Tanunda +61 (0)8 8563 6400
3-5 Tununda Road, Nuriootpa +61 (0)8 8568 7878
Rowland Flat +61 (0)8 8521 3000
Barossa Valley Highway,Nuriootpa +61 (0)8 8562 4488
Barossa Valley highway, Lyndoch +61 (0)8 8524 4303
Kies Family Wines
Barossa Valley highway, Lyndoch +61 (0)8 8524 4110
Tanunda Road, Nuriootpa +61 (0)8 8568 9408
Krondorf Road, Tanunda +61 (0)8 8563 2720
St Hallett Winery
St Hallett's Road, Tanunda +61 (0)8 8563 7000
97 Sturt Highway, Nuriootpa +61 (0)8 8568 7311
Eden Valley Road, Angaston +61 (0)8 8561 3200
The Menglers hill lookout gives superb views across the Barossa valley. Just ignore the plaster of paris sculptures nearby.