The Barossa has been long known for its world-class wine, but the food and dining culture is quick to give it a run for its money. Picking out the top Barossa foodie experiences is a difficult (but delicious) task with so many options to choose from. From a market visit where you’ll find delectable handmade delights to a fine dining degustation experience you’ll remember for years to come; a mini-break to the Barossa never sounded so good.
1. Casa Carboni
Find ‘Little Italy’ in the middle of the Barossa right on the main street of Angaston. Join a class at the cooking school with Matteo and Fiona as they take you on a journey through Italian gastronomy where you’ll soak up their knowledge of Italian cooking and love of food’s way of bringing people together. The Casa Carboni Enoteca/Wine Bar also offers all day dining. Try Matteo’s legendary soft nougat and select from a daily menu bursting with fresh pasta featuring seasonal produce – best matched with a glass of European wine. On Fridays, hit the wine bar and sample a flight of 4 wines by the glass over tapas and pasta or experience the Sunday long lunch, rich with local produce direct from the Barossa Farmers Market.
67 Murray Street, Angaston
Open Thursday-Sunday 8am-4pm; Friday nights 6pm till late
2. Barossa Farmers Market
Experience the hospitality that the Barossa is famous for and pay a visit to the Barossa Farmers Market. Local foodies, makers, growers and producers all gather every Saturday morning to display their produce. Fresh produce from around the region as well as smallgoods, condiments, jams, baked goods, cheeses, sweet treats, warm drinks and ready-made meals are on offer to try and take home. The Market also hosts special events such as film screening, children’s cooking classes and more.
Cnr Nuriootpa and Stockwell Roads, Angaston
Open Saturday from 7:30am-11:30am
3. Barossa Valley Cheese Company
Visit the Barossa Valley Cheese Company to explore the artisan cheese producer’s cheese cellar. Open for tasting and sales, you’ll sample the finest locally made cheese, created with milk sourced from local dairies. The range has expanded to 25 styles of cheese and is made under the watchful eye of passionate owner Victoria.
67b Murray Street, Angaston
Open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am,-4pm and Sunday 11am-3pm. Closed public holidays.
4. Maggie Beer Farm Shop
Maggie Beer! The myth, the legend, the local sensation that Barossa is proud to call its own. While we’d all dream of having her as a guest in our own kitchens, the next best thing is paying a visit to the Maggie Beer Farm Shop. Sample the delicious array of products, most of which are made close by in their commercial kitchens in Tanunda. Grab a bite to eat from the Farm Shop Picnic Fare Menu which is full of seasonally inspired treats. Join the free Verjuice demonstrations daily at 2pm or an exclusive group demonstration for 10-25 people (bookings required), where you can taste Verjuice and Sparkling Ruby Cabernet, seasonal roast vegetables with Verjuice and salads tossed in Verjuice Vinaigrette – with a special bottle to take home too!
50 Pheasant Farm Road (via Samuel Road), Nuriootpa
Open daily from 10:30am-5pm
5. Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre
The Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre is the best place to get your bearings once you arrive in the Barossa. Dine in the restaurant or book into one of their tours or experiences. The program can be found on the website and is filled with masterclasses, lunches, picnics, cooking classes, and historical tours. Experience dining in style in the restaurant with Our Table, which features fresh seasonal food offerings from the estate’s kitchen garden.
Barossa Valley Way, Rowland Flat
Open daily from 10am-5pm, with the restaurant open from 12-3pm daily.
6. St Hugo
St Hugo is the new kid on the block, a combination of class, luxury and exceptional food and wine. Enjoy a tour of the estate or dine at their restaurant where Executive Chef Mark McNamara has created a four or eight-course menu from fresh regional produce, with each dish created to enhance and complement a unique St Hugo wine. For the ultimate foodie experience, book the Chef’s Table, which begins with a walk through the vineyard and kitchen garden, then leads you on an exclusive wine tasting in the underground wine room before sitting down to dine at the Chef’s Table, which overlooks the open kitchen allowing you to mingle and watch the chefs at work while they prepare your food. The whole experience is 3.5 hours and will set you back $200. Contact them for bookings or bespoke experiences.
2141 Barossa Valley Way, Rowland Flat
Open daily from 10:30am-4:30pm with lunch Thursday-Monday from 12pm and dinner Saturday & Sunday from 6pm
7. Harvest Kitchen
Harvest Kitchen has opened its welcoming doors at Artisans of Barossa, who are a group of passionate, like-minded producers who work to protect and promote small batch, sub-regional winemaking. With a passion for wine, comes passion for food… Barossan food. Their communal menu is designed to complement the wines of the six Barossan producers that make up Artisans of Barossa. Take on their Feed me like a Barossan tasting menu for $59pp and be blown away, eating like a true local in style.
Cnr Light Pass & Magnolia Road, Vine Vale
Open daily for lunch from 11:30am and dinner on Friday and Saturday from 6:30pm
Fino have gained a reputation for being a culinary institution in the Barossa. Situated in Seppeltsfield Winery, apart from providing gorgeous surroundings the restaurant produces world-class food. Accompanied by their delicious Fino bread that is baked in house (which they retail on Fridays), their contemporary regionally focused menu is designed for sharing, highlighting the premium quality produce from around the Barossa as well as Australia-wide.
Seppeltsfield Winery, Seppeltsfield Road, Seppeltsfield
Open daily from 10:30am-5pm
fermentAsian takes modern southeast Asian cuisine to the next level. Chef Owner Tuoi Do’s Vietnamese heritage acts as the inspiration for many of the dishes, which are prepared mainly using ingredients from their home gardens. With BYO wine at $20 per bottle, it’s the perfect dining stop if you’re grape-soaked coming off a day of tastings and impulse cellar-door purchases. Select the Chef Tasting Menu for $70pp or order a la carte, either way it’s pegged as the one of the very best Asian dining experiences in the Barossa.
90 Murray Street, Tanunda
Open for lunch Thursday – Sunday, 12-2:30pm; dinner Wednesday-Saturday 6-9:30pm (BYO N/A on Fridays, Saturdays and over long weekends)
10. El Estanco
El Estanco opened its doors just over a year ago and immediately became a new sensation through word of mouth. Renowned for its rustic charm, great vibes and amazing food, the inviting atmosphere has become a popular spot in the Barossa for locals and visitors alike. El Estanco’s small, everchanging menu screams fresh and local. Whether you pop in for a quiet coffee, group lunch or wood-oven pizza dinner date on Friday nights, you’ll be returning soon enough.
23 Murray Street, Greenock
Open Saturday to Thursday from 7am-4pm, with Fridays open till 9:30pm