Visit The Barossa Valley: A Complete Guide
The Barossa Valley is one of the world’s great wine regions, and has been instrumental in introducing premium Australian wine to the international market. Located just under an hour away from Adelaide, this rare patch of earth is a must-visit location for any food and wine lover. The region has over 150 wineries, with some of the oldest grapevines on-root in the world. Whether you are a regular visitor or a first timer, we have a comprehensive list of things to do, see, and taste, during your time in the Barossa.
Barossa Valley Wine:
The most compelling reason to visit the Barossa Valley is to sample a phenomenal collection of wines. The Barossa Valley is synonymous with bold, rich Shiraz, but this is not the only drop on offer. With over 150 wineries, many of which are run by 7th generation wine families, we can confidently say that you’ll never be in want of a great wine. Visitors to Peter Lehmann cellar door will discover something new with each visit thanks to our experienced winemakers who honour the unique challenges and opportunities that each growing season brings.
Barossa Valley Food:
The very same conditions that make the Barossa Valley ideal for growing grapes also make for incredible local produce. The Barossa Valley is a hot spot for epicureans the world over who come to delight in the excellent food scene - from fine dining to the farmer’s market.
We recommend you start your Saturday morning by taking a stroll through the Barossa Farmers Market where you can sample the region’s finest milk, meats, fish, cheese, farm-fresh vegetables, oils, vinegars, and every spread and jam you can think of. Make sure you also pick up a barista-made coffee and some flaky pastries to ease into the weekend.
If you are wanting to relish in all the Barossa has to offer, a fine dining experience at one of the many critically awarded restaurants in the region is the way to go. FINO Seppetsfield, Char Barossa, and Vintner’s Bar and Grill are just a few highlights that carefully incorporate in-season produce with exceptional wine lists.
For more casual fare, head out to Nuriootpa to Maggie Beer’s The Farm Eatery. Beer’s daughter Elli runs the kitchen and focuses on vegetable-forward dishes to delight the senses. Alternatively, head down to our winery at the Peter Lehmann cellar door for a range of delicious local South Australian produce to perfectly compliment your wine of choice. On cooler days, you’ll enjoy your food in our cozy dining room, and on warmer days we’ll set up a picnic table for you on our sweeping lawns.
Where to stay in the Barossa:
The Barossa Valley has plenty of luxury accommodation options for visitors looking to make the most of their trip. The 5-star boutique hotel The Louise, enjoys views over the rolling hills of the Barossa and boasts The Appellation restaurant – a farm-to-table award-winning degustation dining experience. For Francophiles, Le Mas is where you will want to stay. This luxury French-inspired boutique farmhouse is located on the Rowland Flats, home to some of the oldest Grenache vines on root in the world. Finally, if you prefer the full resort experience, the Novotel Barossa Valley Resort has you covered. This sprawling estate has a tennis court, two pools, spa, and a volleyball court. It also hosts free Barossa wine tastings each evening.
Additional things to do in the Barossa Valley:
Get lost in nature:
While only an hour out of Adelaide, the country surrounding the Barossa Valley is verdant, green and untouched. There are a number of national parks with bushwalks suited to all manner of hikers.
Cycle the Barossa Trail:
Take your tour at a slower pace and enjoy a day along the Barossa trail – you can choose your trail based on the wineries you intend to visit and your level of cycle-confidence.
Hot Air Balloon over the Barossa:
See the patchwork quilt of vineyards from the skies in a hot air balloon adventure over the Valley. Pilot Justin has been flying over the Barossa for over 20 years, so you are in safe and experienced hands.