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Published December 10th 2018
Barossa Wines are famous throughout the world for their delicious taste, so why not travel to the birthing place? With a plentiful number of wineries to choose from, you can fill your day with beautiful sceneries while sipping on your favourite wine. My Barossa Valley tour was an unforgettable weekend, teeming with incredible scenery and delicious food and drink! Leaving the Barossa Valley with a new level of love for wine.
History of Barossa Valley's Wine
The Barossa Valley has always been a perfect spot for vineyards. Before any European settlements, the Aboriginal community used fire to help clear the area, helping to regenerate the vegetation. The continuous fires moulded a perfect open landscape for vineyards, which was noticed right away by the Europeans. There are now six generations of grapes growing in the region, with some dating back in the early 1840s. Over the generations, styles and varieties have changed, with Barossa Valley's wines now being the most popular wines in the entire country.
About the Wine
Shiraz is by far the most loved wine variety within the Valley, known globally as one of the best reds around. however, if you aren't a red lover, have no fear, as there are a huge range of varieties that have grown in success and fame. Some of the best assortments to choose from include Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Riesling, Chardonnay, and Semillon.
The Best Wineries in Barossa Valley
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Jacob's Creek is one of Australia's most well-known wines. Seen in all households around the country. Its birthplace sits in the heart of the valley, nestled near the small creek that runs through the land. The creek was named after William Jacob, who became a forerunner to have German Lutheran immigrants set out to Barossa Valley. The winery goes back to the 1840s, so stop in to learn about the rich history and taste the rich variety this famous brand promises.
Wolf Blass Winery
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What I really enjoyed about Wolf Blass was its extra attractions. Offering not just incredible wines, but art, history, and spectacular wildlife. See the artwork named 'Wolfie' that was made by David Bromley, who is one of Australia's most loved artists. It is a life-size structure, made from oil and acrylic paints. Stroll through the visitor centre to learn all about the winery's history. But don't forget the wine! As the on-site tasting room was exceptionally detailed and delicious.
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Penfolds started off just creating grenache wine, but nowadays you can try a huge range. I would recommend having a glass of the Grenache to finish with as this ancient recipe and longstanding vineyard is worth every penny.
Lambert Estate Winery
Although a large majority of the popular wineries have quite a long history, new vineyards can come shining through like the Lambert Estate Winery. Set up in the 90s by the American citizen Jim Lambert, the winery found its home amongst the 100 acres of fertile soil (more than 17 different soil types!) in the Barossa Hills. Giving them a large variety of wines to offer the public.
This winery dates back to 1946 and has grown in becoming one of the most popular wineries in the region. Nestled on the North Para River, the winery promising both incredible wine and scenery. As the building and gardens are inspired by historical European architecture. The name is derived from the Aboriginal word 'sparkling' so make sure you have some of their famous sparkling wines.
Peter Lehmann Winery
Peter Lehmann is a legend in the Australian wine industry, known as the 'Baron of the Barossa.' So what better place to spot for a cellar door visit that to the legend himself' s very own winery? It offers more than 40 different wines for you to sample on, so make you have planned your designated driver before you arrive!
Seppeltsfield is one of Australia's most iconic estate, starting in 1851 by husband and wife duo Joseph and Johanna Seppelt. The winery's 420 acres are scattered with heritage listed buildings, rows of lush vineyards, and well-manicured gardens. Take a wander through this lush greenery before settling in to enjoy a hearty meal at the onsite restaurant to go with your full-bodied red!
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For a break from the crowds, visit this charming cottage house. With six generations of Henschkes who all have a passion for wine, this delightful place is sure to satisfy any wine lover. Henschke use a variety of different vineyards to produce their delightful brand, making their red range the most widely-recognised for critical acclaim.
Turkey Flat Vineyards
Before it was a cellar door, turkey Flat Vineyard was a butcher's shop. The family who originally owned the butchers changed their profession in the 1840s to create the exceptional wine we know today! The family is passionate about bringing delicious that compliments the local produce within the region.
Elderton winery was built on a forgotten vineyard in the 1970s. Husband and wife, Neil and Lorraine Ashmead restored the ancient vineyard to produce the modern style wine Elderton are celebrated for. Nestled in the beautiful Nuriootpa vineyards. If you are looking for a natural paradise, I defiantly recommend staying at the beautiful guest house offered.