Visiting the Barossa Valley is a real treat for anyone who loves wine, and it provides a magical setting to relax and enjoy what are undoubtedly some of the world’s best varieties. Located just 60km from Adelaide, the Barossa Valley includes four main communities of Angaston, Lyndoch, Nuriootpa and Tanunda, and has the feel of a hamlet hidden far from the rest of the world. The following are some of the main things to know if you are thinking about visiting the Barossa Valley.
The Barossa Valley was settled in 1842 by English and German immigrants, many of whom were fleeing religious persecution. The first settlement was set up in Bethany and a variety of mixed farms were soon established. In 1847, the first vineyards were planted and, within a few short years, vineyards were popping up across the area, starting what has been over 150 years of quality wine making. Some of the early wine producers to succeed included Seppelt, Jacobs, Gramps and Penfolds, all of whom are still thriving today.
The Barossa Valley is most famous for its Shiraz, winning numerous international awards for its extremely high quality product, though there are also quite a few other varieties on offer in this special region. Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Mataro and Merlot are all produced here too, along with some great Riesling, Semillon and Chardonnay. Barossa Valley winemakers have also recently expanded into some newer varieties of wine such as Viognier, Tempranillo, Zinfandel and Marsanne.
When to Visit
Autumn is the best time to visit the Barossa Valley, as the harvest will have been recently done and there is no better way to enjoy this awesome region than by attending the Barossa Vintage Festival. This incredible festival goes for nine days and consists of dozens of events, so you can not only sample some great wines, but also enjoy great local food and music while you are at it. If you only go to the Barossa Valley once, come for this great autumn festival.
How to Best See it
It is really quite easy to navigate your own way around the Barossa Valley and see the highlights, though if you don’t want to have to deal with any of the planning, jump on one of the Barossa Valley day tours and you are sure to see everything and learn a lot. Day tours are an easy way to make sure you don’t miss a thing, and plus, you are better off not driving if you are going to want to enjoy a glass or two of great wine while you are here.
The best way to see this fantastic region is to spend a few days checking it out properly, so why not check into one of the great local hotels or B&B’s and take your time? There is quite a lot of accommodation on offer in the area, though if you are coming during the summer or for a big event, be sure to book early to ensure you secure a place.