A POM living the dream Down Under and loving every minute!
Published November 13th 2012
Life is a Cabernet
The Barossa Valley is a major wine-producing region in South Australia, located 60 km northeast of Adelaide.
It has many attractions, but here are three great reasons to visit.
1. Go wine tasting
There are an estimated 50 wineries to choose from in the Barossa Valley region and a variety of different wine tours.
We, rather ambitiously, chose to do a bike tour of the area. We hired bikes which were delivered directly to our door, but after 2 km into the ride, we learned that our (much fitter) friend had planned a 25km round trip from Lyndoch taking in 6 wineries! (Note to self: get more involved in planning future trips). At least we had burnt the majority of the wine off by the time we got back to the cottage though.
If you fancy a more sedate afternoon of wine tasting, there are definitely plenty of tours of the region to choose from.
My favourite wineries were:
Grant Burge - has many premium wines, with a beautiful outlook.
Rockford - it also has a little farm shop next to it selling various preserves and sauces.
Keller Meister - recently voted to have the best Shiraz in the world. Yes, world! You couldn't taste this wine when we were there as unsurprisingly they were out of stock, but it did have a number of other nice bottles of Shiraz and even some cider if you have reached your peak on wine by this point. It also has a beautiful outlook which you are free to enjoy.
Maggie Beer is a well-known chef who has also appeared on several episodes of MasterChef. She has a beautiful farm shop located at 50 Pheasant Farm Rd, Nuriootpa.
You can browse the store, sampling and buying a selection of goodies from Maggie's famous collection including pates, cheeses, olives or simply stop by for a coffee and cake. The Chocolate and Seville Brownie was to die for and good value at $2! You can always burn it off with a picturesque nature walk around the lake afterwards.
It opens everyday from 10.30am to 5pm with the exception of New Year's day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday.
I've spent the last two weekends in the Barossa. It's such a gorgeous place. Also went to Maggie Beer's farm shop last weekend, and was surprised by just how many free tasters there were. The duck, vino cotto, and star anise pâté was one of my favourites.
Another great reason to visit the Barossa is to go up to a Breakfast Rave. It's a great community event, with delicious breakfast!