Have a very merry Christmas feast with these quality products from the Barossa

There’s no better time to indulge in the best, so why not give the gift of delicious, quality produce from the Barossa. Take the opportunity to visit cellar doors as you shop, picking up the obligatory bottle to accompany your delicious hoard of food – it would be rude not to.

Whether you’re looking for little treats to stuff those stockings with or something a bit more substantial for the Christmas hamper – the Barossa Valley has a huge range of locally produced food and wine products to please even the biggest Grinch at the party.

The Barossa Cheese Co.

Be sure to keep your gifts somewhere cool in the lead up to Christmas because everyone is going to want some Barossa Cheese as a naughty treat for being so nice this year. Choose your own style of Barossa Cheese gift box, selecting from cheeses, dried fruit, olive oil, olives, nougat, fresh bread and crackers, toffee and more.

With a huge variety of lovingly hand-made cheeses, Barossa’s cheesemaker Victoria McClurg has something to complement every Christmas antipasti or charcuterie plate. Enjoy the pure quality with friends and family and be sure to pair it all with a carefully selected Barossa wine. Visit the cheese cellar for tastings, expert advice and sales.

67b Murray Street, Angaston

Image: The Barossa Valley Cheese Co.

Maggie Beer

Is a Christmas hamper, really a Christmas hamper, without a touch of Maggie Beer? We think not!

Make life easy and choose from one of Maggie’s own hampers for the perfect food-lovers gift. Or choose individual favourites from a huge range of Maggie’s products including cookbooks and kitchenware, jams and chutneys, olive oil, beer, cider, wine and non-alcoholic wine, ice creams, pates and cheeses. Make Christmas extra special this year with the unmistakable taste of Maggie Beer produce.

Visit Maggie’s Farm Shop to taste products, have a meal at the Farm Eatery, or book a hands-on cooking class to enjoy with friends and family. Or for those Gin inclined (and who isn’t?) there’s the Gin School which is presented with the Durand Distillery. ‘Students’ will choose their own botanicals and brew, label and take home their own, hand-made gin. Now that’s a Christmas present we can all get behind.

50 Pheasant Farm Road (Via Samuel Road) Nuriootpa

Image: Maggie Beer

Barossa Coffee Roasters

Paul and Janelle Amos are the proud owner/operators of Barossa Coffee Roasters – a small batch roasting operation where flavour and smiles are big.

The focus of the Barossa Coffee Roasters is very much about complementing the boutique wine industry, so it makes sense that seasonal, single origin coffee would be important. The coffee production reflects regional quality and a wine production philosophy that’s also used when tending to the family’s patch of Shiraz.

Purchase the perfect stocking stuffer for the Java lover in your life (even if that’s you) by shopping a variety of blends and roasts online or visiting an impressive list of stockists. For a slightly more extravagant gift treat that coffee fanatic to a Hario Syphon 2 cup brewing kit.

85 Krieg Road, Seppeltsfield (appointment only)

Image: Barossa Coffee Roasters

Barossa Kitchen – Barossa Bark 

Barb Buggy has earned her Barossa Trust Mark making bespoke Barossa crispbread for Barossa cheeses, chutneys, pates and dips to be enjoyed. She created a Barossa favourite 20 years ago when she recognised the need for something special to accompany the regions quality sharing board produce, that would complement the flavours and textures as well as the appearance.

Easily recognised by its likeness to the shards of blue gum that peel from the Gum trees, Barb’s crispbreads are never uniform but instead take a natural shape. There are a variety of different flavours available to accompany different types of produce, but they all taste amazing. Barossa Bark is a must for any cheese, chutney, dip or pate lover this Christmas.

Barossa Kitchen, Barossa Bark can be purchased from a huge range of retailers throughout the country.

Image: Barossa Kitchen

Linke Central Meat Store

Linke’s Mettwurst made at the Linke’s Central Meat Store family butcher is something very special that would make a welcome addition to any Christmas hamper. Made from a family recipe dating back to the 19th century, the Linke family are European settlers and have been in the Barossa since 1838. Graham Linke runs the butcher now and is as dedicated as his ancestors were to preserving the unique flavour of the Silesia style meat. You can visit the butcher as part of the Barossa, Butcher Baker, Winemaker tour or simply drop into the Barossa Trust Mark butcher and say hello when you’re in Nuriootpa.

Linke’s Central Meat Store, 27 Murray St, Nuriootpa

Image: Dragan Radocaj Copyright Barossa Grape and Wine (BGWA).

Eleni Barossa Hand-Made

Eleni Barossa Hand-Made is the Swedish gem in the Barossa bakers crown. Having worked as a head chef before studying the culinary arts in Sweden, Eleni made her way to Australia to become assistant to Maggie Beer, helping with product development in the Barossa Valley. Eleni started her own business and became the Barossa’s artisan specialist creating focaccia, ciabatta, sourdough, gourmet pies, Danish pastries, croissants, French almond and fruit tarts, quiches and more – all famous at the Barossa Farmers Market and throughout South Australia.

You can find her delicious range of products available at many grocery and food outlets throughout the Barossa and Adelaide region as well as Lucia’s Fine Foods and the Adelaide Central Markets. You’ll find a full list of stockists on her website: www.elenibarossahand-made.com.au/where-to-buy/

Scholz Avenue, Nuriootpa

Image: Eleni Barossa Hand-Made

Hutton Vale Farm Preserves

Hutton Vale Farm has been pickling, preserving, drying and bottling their farm grown vegetables for 30 years and have mastered the process of infusing flavour in their quality chutneys. The Barossa Bushfire, Oops Onion and Mint, and So’s So Good Tomato Chutney should make their way into your Christmas hamper for a Christmas Day or Boxing Day flavour explosion.

You can also purchase Hutton Vale Farm’s dry grown wines online or by getting in touch via phone or email.

65 Stone Jar Road Angaston

Image: Hutton Vale Farm

Dairyman Farm Butter

The Dairyman Farm Butter is made in small batches from the farm’s own cream and churned on site. The butter is made the traditional way with only a small amount of added salt to maintain a creamy, rich and pure flavour. You can purchase butter directly from the farm website or from:

  • The Barossa Farmers Market – every Saturday morning
  • Lucia’s – Adelaide Central Market
  • Adelaide Showground Farmers Market – every second Sunday.

The Farm Shop also sells the farm’s own bacon, pork sausages and cream in addition to butter. You can order any of the above items through the website.

Image: The Dairyman Barossa

 

Steiny’s Mettwurst

Steiny’s Traditional Mettwurst is not just a Barossa favourite, but has become somewhat of a South Australian household name when it comes to German Mettwurst, Beirsticks, Pepperoni and Beef Jerky. The team specialise in traditional fermentation and smoking methods that create the German style taste South Australians love.

Only the best quality ingredients go into Steiny’s products which are smoked using Riverland Mallee timber for a unique flavour and local, trusted quality.

Steiny’s Barossa Valley Trust Mark meat products are available online, at their factory and shop or from a wide variety of retailers throughout South Australia and Australia wide including many local supermarkets and of course the Barossa Farmers Market.

9 Barossa Valley Way, Tanunda

Steiny’s out and about at the Royal Adelaide Show in 2017 – find them at regional events and farmers markets.

Apex Bakery

The Apex Bakery is a family owned and operated slow ferment, wood-fired Barossa trust mark bakery in Tanunda. You’ll be hard up to find a bakery with a family legacy as strong as the Apex, with 98-year-old Chiney and his sons in charge of every bake, assisted by a friendly team of locals.

The 1924 wood fired scotch oven is the heart and soul of the bakery which produces slow ferment doughs and bread and pies and pasties made from European recipes dating back to the 1800s. The Aussie favourite Bee Sting – traditionally the ‘Bienenstich’ doesn’t get any better. You can order from the bakery online or visit the bakery Monday to Saturday for an honest and delicious food experience. Pop a fresh loaf of the Apex Bakery’s San Fran Barossa Sourdough in your Christmas hamper and you’ll be in the good books all through 2018.

1A Elizabeth Street, Tanunda

 

Image: Apex Bakery

Gully Gardens Farm Shop Fruit

The Gully Gardens Farm Shop in Angaston is sweet and petite and sells farm grown, dried and packaged fruit – ‘al naturale’ or covered in chocolate or yoghurt – perfect for Christmas. They also sell a variety of Riverland grown almonds.

You can purchase a variety of baskets and other gift ideas from the shop and enjoy a tea or coffee and light snacks from the shop’s café.

175 Gawler Park Rd, Angaston

Image: Gully Gardens Angaston

The Barossa Butcher, Baker, Winemaker Trail

We’ve not even begun to list wines to fill your stockings with this year – that’s for another post, but pick up a butcher, baker, winemaker map and make the most of the Christmas break by exploring, tasting and enjoying as much as the Barossa Valley as possible – including the world-famous wine.

For the ultimate Christmas gift for that Barossa food and wine connoisseur, pick up a VIP voucher booklet and gourmet picnic hamper for just $79 from the Barossa Visitor Information Centre. It’s got everything you need to navigate and enjoy the Butcher, Baker, Winemaker Trail – the perfect day out in the new year.

The Butcher, Baker, Winemaker Trail is a great way to explore the region. Journey through the Barossa where you can create your own tasting picnic, collecting bread rolls from one of the local bakeries, choose a bottle of wine from a cellar door and meet the locals behind the Barossa’s incredible quality produce.

 

The Barossa has your Christmas all wrapped up so why not make a festive day of it and taste, explore and meander your way through the region, returning with a hamper of goodies and a smile on your face. It’s the way Christmas shopping should be.