The Barossa is home to over 70 wineries with a backdrop of historic stone churches and European architecture framed by gum trees and vineyards. You may even catch a local speaking Barossa Deutsch!
There are so many ways to experience the richness of the Barossa. From hosted wine masterclasses, Farmers Market tours, cooking classes, make-your-own gin experiences, wine blending and tasting, and the opportunity to create and label your own fortified wine.
There’s no best season to visit the Barossa. Each season is important to the food cycle, from growing to harvesting and preservation, plus there are festivals and events held in the region all year round.
Below are nine ways you can enjoy one of Australia’s oldest wine regions from the travel experts at First Class.
Where there’s a wine region, there’s always a good country market or two! The Barossa Farmers Markets, held in the historic Vintner’s Sheds in Angaston every Saturday morning, serves a mouth-watering brunch from 7.30 to 11 am. Roam the markets for stunning pastries and baked goods, freshly roasted coffee and blended teas, gin and confectionery.
Feel a spine-tingling sense of arrival as you enter the driveway of St Hugo, framed by a majestic cork tree plantation. Whether you consider yourself a wine aficionado or a novice, the St Hugo and Riedel Masterclass will awaken your senses as you discover how glassware influences the taste of St Hugo wines.
Explore why a varietal-specific wine glass is a critical component of enjoying wine to its fullest as you taste four St Hugo favourites. You’ll soon understand how the shape of a glass draws different characters and personality from the wines.
Seppeltsfield is the only winery in the world to release a 100-year-old, single vintage wine each year. In fact, its Centennial Collection boasts an unbroken lineage of Tawny of every vintage from 1878 to today.
At the Seppeltsfield Centennial Cellar you can taste Tawny made in your birth year directly from the barrel, table reds released in small batches from the historic 1888 Gravity Flow Winery, or the renowned 100-year-old Para Vintage Tawny.
Don’t miss out on the Seppeltsfield Centenary Tour, one of Australia’s great travel experiences and a must when visiting the Barossa Valley.
You could easily spend a day at the Seppeltsfield Estate, exploring the buzzing community of wine, food, art and beauty, complemented by the world-class cellar door and tasting rooms.
Book a workshop at the JamFactory Contemporary Art and Design studio while you’re there for a hands-on experience in a variety of media, including ceramics, glass and millinery.
Take to the skies and witness the beauty of the Barossa from above in a hot-air balloon. There’s something about the serenity of floating above the world that makes time stand still on this Barossa Balloon Adventure.
One of Australia’s most iconic wineries, Jacob’s Creek is the perfect picnic pit-stop. Pick up your map and hamper from the cellar door and choose your own spot to lay out the blanket. Take in sweeping views of vineyards and hills as you feast on locally sourced goodies and a bottle of Jacob’s Creek’s impeccable wine.
Before you head off, take advantage of a complimentary tasting flight and check out the winery, featuring cutting-edge design based on principles of sustainability, recycling and energy conservation.
The Yalumba Wine Company is the most historic family-owned winery in Australia, established in 1849, with its magnificent estate located near the town of Angaston in South Australia’s Eden Valley in the Barossa region.
Oak barrels, family artefacts and artworks line the walls of the famous Wine Room where passionate Wine Room Ambassadors introduce visitors to the wines and many stories of Yalumba.
This the only winery in Australia and one of a few worldwide to craft their own oak barrels on site.
Explore the cooperage on a self-guided tour, smell the woody scent and see the coopers in a workshop that dates back to the late 1800s.
The Yalumba Cooperage Tour includes a tasting of five wines from the portfolio, featuring varietals iconic to Yalumba and the Barossa.
The Barossa Valley is famous for its boutique shopping with everything from unique homewares, arts and crafts, antiques and artisan edibles all here for the taking throughout the region.
Stop off at Steingarten Vineyard for the quintessential Barossa Valley snap. Situated at the end of a dirt road, this picturesque spot is well worth the effort.
Spend a romantic sunset taking in the views and sipping on a glass of Jacob’s Creek Steingarten Reisling or hit the Mawson Trail during the day on foot or mountain bike.
In the heart of the Barossa, The Louise is blissfully nestled among old vineyards and rolling hills under a vast blue skyscape. This luxury resort is the perfect place to lay your head during your idyllic Barossa weekender.
Enjoy a sunrise breakfast with kangaroos in native bushland, cycle the bush tracks adorned with native flowers and keep the camera ready to capture local birds and wildlife.