Less than an hour’s drive north-east of Adelaide is the Barossa, a valley formed by the North Para River. This beautiful scenic region is famed for its European heritage, hectares of picturesque rolling vineyards, gourmet delicacies and not to mention its world-class wine region – a delight for all senses.
The Barossa was founded soon after South Australia’s settlement in 1836 and derives its name from the Barossa Ranges. Adelaide’s founder, Colonel William Light named the region after the Barrosa Ridge in Spain, however due to a registration error the place earned a name of its own - Barossa.
Regarded as the wine capital of Australia, it’s one of Australia’s oldest wine regions, home to 170 wineries and diverse soil varieties resulting in an excellent range of fine wines. Although overshadowed by its flourishing wine industry, significant food production also occurs in the Barossa with delights such as Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop and the Barossa Valley Cheese Co – a must visit!
Take in the gorgeous landscape of the Adelaide Hills as you journey to Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. Its tree-lined streets, ‘Fachwerk’ buildings and delicious traditional German delicacies offer you a unique cultural experience like no other.