The Barossa Valley is one of the premier wine growing regions in Australia. With over 150 wineries in the area, it was a tough decision choosing which ones to visit. A great way to learn about the history of winemaking in the Barossa Valley is to take part in a winery tour and this is what we did at Chateau Tanunda. It’s hard to believe that a little over 20 years ago, this beautiful building was derelict and in danger of being knocked down.
Another beautiful winery, with lovely wines, is Yalumba. The grounds are just stunning. There are five full-time gardeners who work hard to maintain them.
Another must-see spot is Chateau Barossa. Apart from being able to taste wine there, you can enjoy High Tea in their cafe, browse through their gift shop or take a stroll through the Queen’s Rose Garden. Being in the Barossa isn’t just about wine either. It is renowned for its fresh produce and many foodie delights. Many cellar doors also offer dining or platters of nibbles to go with their wines.
I can highly recommend a visit to the Barossa Valley Cheese Company in Angaston. Their Triple Cream Brie was just divine.
Whilst on the subject of food, no trip to the Barossa would truly be complete without a visit to Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop. Maggie Beer is an Australian culinary icon. Her Farm Shop features a range of her delicious products – everything from jams to chutneys, sauces, pates, vinaigrettes, and ice creams. The best part is that almost all of it is available for tasting and purchase.
There are also daily cooking demonstrations, or you can don an apron and get a photo taken in the kitchen where the television show The Cook and the Chef is filmed.
Something else the Barossa Valley has is a lot of history. The Barossa Valley was founded soon after South Australia was settled in 1836. Not long after that, a group of Lutheran farmers settled in the area and the strong Lutheran heritage can still be seen in the area. There are more than 20 historic churches throughout the region and many beautiful stone houses. You can soak up all of this history in the small village of Angaston and also by taking a stroll down the main street of Tanunda.
A great way to get a ‘bird’s eye view’ of Tanunda is to head up to the lookout at Mengler Hill. The contrast between the green of the many vineyards and the dry grasses of the surrounding countryside is amazing. At the same time, you can wander through the Sculpture Park, which features a number of pieces sculpted from stone. Very impressive.
We really loved the Barossa Valley and all it has to offer. We will be back for sure!
Mel and Brenden – All Around Oz