Why the Barossa Valley is a wine lover’s paradise
The Barossa Valley has long been the crown jewel of Australia’s wine production regions. This stunning region produces some of the world’s (officially) finest wines, with centuries-old vineyards and fertile land playing host to some of the biggest names in Australian wine.
Encompassing the towns of Angaston, Nuriootpa and Tanunda, the Barossa Valley is a haven for wine connoisseurs and holiday makers looking to try some of the region’s vintage and new drops. Given the amount of fine wines in the Barossa Valley, it’s only natural that wine lovers from across the world enjoy getaways in the region.
With legendary Yalumba, Peter Lehmann and Penfold’s wines, it’s no wonder why you might have been planning a trip to the Barossa Valley at some stage of the year.
Let’s find out why it’s such a special place for gourmet travel.
Cellar doors galore
The Barossa Valley is Australia’s number one cellar door location, with legendary winemakers serving up their world title-winning drops along with gourmet food. It seems as if every road you go down in this picturesque region there is somewhere producing a fine Shiraz, Riesling, Semillon or Chardonnay, and they proudly open their doors and allow you to get a taste as well as pick up a bottle or two to take home with you.
Some of the region’s best cellar door experiences include:
Perched above the valley at Angaston, Yalumbra proudly remains as the largest winery still family-owned and without major corporation influence. Therefore, you can certainly trust that you can taste the passion in production, with high class reds a standard to be enjoyed at this beautiful winery.
Seppelt is the heritage winery of Joseph Seppelt, a German migrant who first started producing wine in the region in 1851. The location itself is a stunning testament to the grandeur of wine, with a stunning bluestone building playing host to some truly incredible fortified and sparkling wines.
The name Peter Lehmann is legendary in Barossa lore, as Lehmann, a fifth generation Barossan, refused to allow larger corporations come into the region and spoil the quality wines being produced there. Today, Peter Lehmann offers a warm and welcoming cellar door experience complete with every one of the label’s 30 wines. It’s best to try a few and see which ones you would like to take home with as there are just so many wonderful varieties to choose from.
Enjoy delectable produce
While the Barossa Valley is renowned for its wine, it is only further complemented by the gorgeous food the region produces and serves up in their restaurants, cafes and cellar doors. The Barossa Farmers Market at Angaston is a prime example of the region’s incredible produce, with local organic fruits and vegetables, ethically-raised meats, fresh baked goods and free range eggs all making up this wondrous selection of local food.
The Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is also another amazing place providing slightly different offerings to the Barossa Farmers Market, with fresh seafood, flowers and honey all available in abundance. Finally, take a stop at the legendary Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop, where you will delight in picking up some of the famous chef’s homemade condiments, jams, sauces and other goodies that are perfect for taking home.
Planning your next trip?
The Barossa Valley is a wine and food lover’s dream vacay – the perfect place to experience the very best that the fertile Australian land can offer. From the elegant cellar doors to the vibrant farmers markets, this is an area that no gourmet traveller should ever think of passing up.