Home to world renowned food and wine, the Barossa is one of South Australia’s favourite tourist destinations. With so many diverse wineries, dining experiences and now with breweries and distilleries becoming more prominent, it’s difficult to choose where to begin your Barossa adventure. Here is a list of some of our favourite must see and do’s…
The Barossa is world famous for its wine, in particular its Shiraz. There are a number of major wineries and small batch producers in the region with incredible cellar doors, restaurants and tasting experiences. For amazing views, Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre is the idyllic, picturesque venue where you can learn all about the history of this label, taste a range of their wines, relax outside on their loungers and even play a game of tennis overlooking the vineyard.
Just a little further down the road you’ll find another well-known winery, St Hallett, where wine has been in production since 1944. When visiting the cellar door at St Hallett, you’ll enjoy their Old Block Shiraz and single vineyard wines, as well as optional cellar door offerings, including chocolate pairing and cheese platters.
Tucked away on Seppeltsfield Road in Marananga is Tscharke’s Place, a quaint German-style cottage cellar door. A trip to Tscharke Wines should be on every Barossa travellers visiting list as you can’t purchase their wine everywhere. Not only will you try a mix of Mediterranean and classic style drops, the cellar door is also a pottery gallery, showcasing Eva Tscharke’s products that are available for purchase and used in the tasting room.
Download the Barossa Touring Map here. It features a list of cellar doors, restaurants, bars and breweries
Enough about wine! It’s breweries and distilleries that are beginning to make waves around the Barossa region. For those who aren’t fussed for wine, there’s plenty of craft beer, cider and gin. Barossa Valley Brewing is first on the list where you can enjoy their beers in the sunny beer garden with some tapas or one of their great pizzas made with dough from the brewery’s Golden Ale. Using quality produce from the region such as locally roasted coffee beans and smoked malt, BVB produces beer that’s as world class as the wine.
A newer resident to the region, Provenance Barossa hosts a variety of different tasting options and experiences including craft beers from Stein’s Taphouse. Here, you can try a range of Australian craft beers. With 14 taps, continuously rotating, there is always something new to try. Grab a brew and in the outdoor deck area in summer, or in winter, cozy up indoors next to the heater. Another resident of Provenance Barossa is Barossa Distilling Company, which leads us into the next category…
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Named the regions ‘second drink of choice’, Barossa Distilling Company creates deliciously refreshing gins using ingredients and botanicals from the Barossa Valley region, however at BDC, you’ll not only be able to try the company’s variety, there’s also the chance to taste and select international spirits that are available from the menu.
Christmas is fast approaching! • If you would like to secure yourself a bottle of Barossa Distilling Company's Gin or purchase a bottle as a Christmas gift for a lucky someone special, you will need to get your on-line order in fast! • The last day to order their delicious gin is this Friday 15 December so be sure to get online and order yours now from www.barossadistilling.com. • Of course, you can always visit them at Provenance Barossa to pick up a bottle or 2 – why not have a tasting at the same time! • Have a very happy Christmas! 🍸🍸
The rise in popularity of gin is evident at Durand Distillery where the Barossa Gin School takes place. If you’ve ever wondered how gin is made or you want to create your perfect gin, this is the place to do it! Using different botanicals, participants will make their gin and enjoy in a four course long lunch before packaging up their creation to take home.
One of the Barossa’s most famous wineries are also trying their hand at distilling with Seppeltsfield Road Distillery soon opening their doors to the public and displaying their gins. Keep an eye out, this one will definitely be worth a visit.
The problem with choosing which wineries to visit is also the case when it comes to dining. There are many restaurants that boast impeccable dishes from locally sourced ingredients that you won’t be able to find anywhere else and some stand-out restaurants that are hard to beat.
Hentley Farm is one of the most popular fine dining experiences, having won countless awards including, ‘Restaurant of the Year’ in both 2013 and 2016 and ‘Best Regional Restaurant’ in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. An experience you and your tastebuds will not forget, you’ll indulge in dishes created by Head Chef Lachlan Colwill and his team that include local flavours and ingredients matched to Hentley Farm’s award-winning wines.
Treat your dad to some sour sobs this Father's Day!🌼 We still have a couple tables available and will be serving this poppy seed French toast with burnt apple sorbet and jersey cream, just for the dads!! Plus a few other special treats!! Call 0885628427 or email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org to snag a table for the weekend. #hentleyfarm #barossa #relaischateaux
fermentAsian is another acclaimed fine dining restaurant that both locals and tourists flock to. Guests will enjoy authentic Vietnamese cuisine, using local produce and vegetables sourced from the chef/owner, Tuoi Do’s home garden. Expect dishes that include Oxtail dumplings with aromatic consommé and Massaman Curry with grilled Mayura Station wagyu beef and taro.
If you’re planning an overnight stay or getting up bright and early on your visit you’re in luck, as the Barossa has a fantastic café culture with delicious breakfast, brunch and lunch crowd pleasers. The Table Café & Wine Bar in Lyndoch, serves up breakfast favourites with something for everyone. Enjoy egg’s benedict with Lyndoch Butcher double smoked ham and fresh hollandaise or for the sweet tooth’s, French toast made with brioche and served with fruit, cinnamon, cream and honey.
Located on the main street in Tanunda is Darling’s Coffee with a Passion – which as the name describes, serves an incredible cup of joe! Before exploring the region, fuel up at Darling’s with a hearty breakfast and be sure to take one of their tantalising Portuguese tarts for later!
Another must-see is Bean Addiction located back at Provenance Barossa. If you’re looking for that caffeine fix, this is the go-to as Bean Addiction sells its own brand of roasted coffee. While you’re fuelling up, there is also the ability to taste the extensive tea list that’s available.
There’s so much to do, see and taste in the Barossa – why not see for yourself? Plan your next visit here.