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 Barossa 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.
Barossa Valley Wineries
Wine has been a way of life in the Barossa since 1842. It’s one of Australia’s oldest and most famous international wine regions. Incorporating both the Barossa and Eden Valley, it’s one of the only areas in Australia to have neighbouring warm and cold climate growing conditions resulting in an excellent range of fine wines; you’re guaranteed to find a wine to call your own. Be sure to try the Barossa Shiraz or Eden Valley Riesling with hectares of rolling vineyards as your stunning backdrop.
Visit the Jacob’s Creek cellar door, which opened in 1847 when Johann Gramp missed the wine he used to drink in Bavaria and decided to grow grapes and make the wine himself. The first commercial vineyard along the banks of Jacob’s Creek, this award-winning label remains one of the most well-known, trusted and enjoyed Australian wines around the world.
If your timing is right, attend the week-long Barossa Vintage Festival. Held annually since 1947, this festival is Australia’s longest-running wine festival and traditionally celebrates the end of the grape harvest.
Choose from a variety of AAT Kings wine and food tours in Barossa. Choose the most suitable trip for you – tours range from one day trips to a full experience of Southern Australia of up to 11 days.