I'm a freelance writer living in Melbourne, Victoria.
Published November 25th 2018
Barossa Wines are famous throughout the world for their unique taste, so why not travel to the birthing place? I filled my adventure to the Barossa Valley to the brim with wineries to choose from. Ticking off each one as I marvelled at stunning sceneries while sipping on a delicious glass of wine.
The area is flooded with luscious green farming fields, vintage vineyards, and charming towns. On my Barossa Valley Wine Tour, I met travellers visiting from far and wide to sample the famous flavours and to tuck into the local fare. Here is a list of my all-time favourite and unmissable wineries within the Barossa Valley.
Jacob's Creek is a must do stop on your day trip adventure, as one of the most popular wineries around. The title comes from the small creek that flows through the Valley, which named after William Jacob. He was one of the forerunners in getting German Lutheran immigrants to set out and make Barossa Valley their home. They planted the very first vineyard in 1847 and soon grew into the large, thriving winery we know today. Venture here to learn the winemaking process, sample the goods, and buy some tasty wine for your next dinner party.
The Wolf Blass Winery is a great place to visit! Not only will you taste an array of wine, but there is a bunch of other attractions on offer. They set the Wolf Blass Visitor Centre right next to the original winery building. It offers a huge amount of history of the wines, the owners, and the land they use. There is a large wall which showcases the entire range of Black Labels which has ever been produced throughout history. It is a lot of wine let me tell you! As an art lover, I enjoyed seeing the local sculpture designed by David Bromley, one of the most recognisable and innovative artists in Australia. His piece 'Wolfie' is a life-size piece made with oil and acrylic, depicting the winemaker wearing his trademark bow tie. The piece was created in celebration of Wolfgang Blass' 80th birthday.
After seeing the art and history, take a seat at the on-site tasting room. Here you can taste test all the various wines while you learn more about the fascinating winemaking process and discover more about the grapes used to create your favourite tipples. After I started feeling a bit light headed, I enjoyed a coffee and a sweet treat in the on-site café to get ready for the next stop.
This winery is great for a quick break from the city, only roughly a 15-minute drive from the Central Business District of Adelaide. It is one of the regions oldest wineries, with a Dr Christopher Rawson and Mary Penfold deciding to plant some vines and making wine in the year 1844. When it was first established, it was named the Grange Vineyard after their cottage. They mainly produced Grenache from the vines they had brought over from France. Expanding in range, the winery now offers a number of popular assortments, including Chardonnay, Riesling, Shiraz and Pinot Noir.
By far my favourite part of Penfolds was their beautiful Cellar door. Here we sat down with one of the professional staff members, who gave us sips of each wine, describing the history, development, and unique flavours of each with unbelievable detail. Easy to say this guide made me fall in love with all of their reds, as I couldn't resist buying a couple of bottles from the gift shop on my way out.
Bursting with heritage listed buildings, 420 acres of vintage vineyards, and lush greeneries of gardens, Seppeltsfield is perfect for a relaxing break amongst a stunning scenery. It was the winner of an international Best of Wine Tourism award last year and offers popular wine sold all over the world. It is the only winery on the entire planet that releases a 100-year old single vintage wine every year. The vision of Joseph and Joanna Seppelt goes down in history, establishing the winery in 1851 and producing one of the most successful wines in Australia. There is an array of things to do, whether you're looking for an element of adventure, peace and quiet, or a simple sip of wine.
Probably the best experience was the Segway tour, where you can whizz along to explore the winery and its stunning surrounding scenery. Bikes are also available, for those who would prefer a leisurely cycle. If you're not an outdoor type, browse the stunning collection of local works in the on-site art gallery. The Jam Factory Contemporary Art and Design Studios are well worth the pop in. After a full day, tuck into the delicious dishes at the IIFINO, the on-site restaurant.
Elderton Wines was born after Neil and Lorraine Ashmead moved to the Barossa Valley from Saudi Arabia in 1979. Their new home came with 72 acres of old Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon vines, and after some time restoring these forgotten vineyards, the Ashmeads started producing wine. It is a family business, with the second generation of Ashmeads taking over in 2003. The winery is nestled in the Nuriootpa vineyards and is great for a more personal stop. If you are interested in staying an extra day, take a look at the beautiful guest house offered. Only a short walk from Elderton's Cellar Door, this is a charming base for any Barossa visit.
Step back in time at this charming cottage house. With six generations of Hensckles who all strived in creating the best winery on offer, this delightful place is sure to satisfy any wine lover. With a number of vineyards from Eden, Adelaide Hills and Barossa Valley all used to create the finishing wines. If you are a red wine fan, look no further, as Hensckle's reds are the most widely-recognized for critical acclaim.
My day trip to the Barossa Valley was filled with rolling hills, historic sights, and of course, delicious wine! This dreamy destination is within a credit card's throw of town and is ideal for blissed-out breaks with your partner or posse.