Nowhere quite does wine like Barossa Valley. Nestled amongst rolling green fields and traditional wineries to the northeast of Adelaide, Barossa Valley is the perfect pit-stop for foodies, as well as those on the hunt for a little vintage culture. As well as high-end vineyards, the valley also encompasses a gamut of charming villages that boast cobbled high streets and a hint of Germanic history that dates back centuries.
As well as the beautiful scenery, there is also a great range of things to do in this part of Australia.
The Collection of Cellar Doors
Barossa Valley is a famous wine-making region home to some of the most recognisable brands in the world. Here, you’ll find the vineyards that make Rockford, Penfolds, Jacob’s Creek, and Henschke wines, amongst many, many others.
This high-end selection of world-class wineries is a huge draw for tipple-lovers, who can sample some of the delicious flavours, tour the cellars, and even get to make their own blends.
The Marvellous Markets
Wine regions are known for their country markets, and Barossa Valley is no different. There are a number of small, locally-run markets knocking around this part of Australia, but none quite match the standard of the Barossa Food Markets in the cute town of Angaston. Here, visitors can wander through stalls piled high with free-range meat, home-grown veg, chutneys and sauces in every flavour, and sumptuous pastries.
The Fine Food Selection
The quality of food on offer at the markets just shows how much of a foodie region Barossa really is. There are plenty of delicious experiences to be had in the area, from modern Australian cuisine at a stone villa, South-East Asian fusion food, fresh takeaways, and fun snacks from the collection of village cafes. To top it all off, TV chef Maggie Beer also has a farm shop in Barossa Valley, where you can stock up on fruits, jams, and chutneys, and tuck into baked pastries and home-cooked meals in the adjoining café that overlooks a lake.
The Fun Festivals
Barossa Valley is also known for its foodie festivals, too. In autumn, the Barossa Vintage Festival takes over town. This one-week event brings together wine, food, art, culture, and music for the masses to celebrate the end of the grape harvest. In August, Barossa Gourmet Weekend offers an itinerary packed with foodie experiences, wine tasting, markets, music, and cooking classes.