Things to Do in Barossa Valley
Barossa Wines are famous throughout the world for their delicious taste, so why not travel to the birthing place? A patchwork quilt of farming fields, vintage vineyards, and charming towns make up the sprawl of the Barossa Valley. Known predominantly for its wonderful wineries, visitors come from far and wide to sample its famous flavours and to tuck into the local fare. Covering just 25km, the Valley is a hotbed of culture, producing over 20% of Australia’s wine.
Back before European settlement, the Aboriginal community used fire to burn the Yarra Valley region, helping regenerate the vegetation and to drive animals away from the undergrowth. Due to this regular burning ritual, the region became an open landscape full of rich soil. The first Europeans to see the area saw the potential for a winery region. The name Barossa Valley, came from Colonel William Light, South Australia’s first surveyor, in 1837. It was named after Spain’s ‘Barrosa’ region in Andalusia. The original spelling was the same as Spain’s, but due to an error in the registration process, the spelling Barossa was born.
Amongst the array of excellent wineries, there is a smattering of local towns that are imbued with a Germanic vibe. Dating back to the German settlers in the mid-1800s, they provide visitors with the chance to step back in time and experience the fascinating past of the region. There are still numerous remnants of the colonisation of the Barossa Valley, including Gothic steeples that jut skywards, and traditional stone cottages, not to mention the selection of eateries serving favourites like wurst and sauerkraut.
Barossa Valley is home to some of Australia’s top wineries, including household names such as Jacob’s Creek, Penfolds, Wolf Blass as well as Seppeltsfield. To discover all the different varieties of wines, your best bet is to venture to over one winery for a day or weekend trip. Each winery offers an impeccable tasting, with a professional wine expert to tell you’re the process and history behind each drop. Try out a signature wine and pair it to some delicious local food available in the winery’s restaurants.
Take a break from the array of wineries to experience the other amazing attractions on offer.
Visit the villages nestled between the wineries, such as Bridgewater, Aldgate, Stirling, and Crafers, all of which have an incredible history and charm. Picture-perfect spots for kicking back and relaxing, as you watch the world go by. Visit historic towns, such as the wonderful Tanunda, set in the heart of the Barossa Valley. See sights such as historic squares, Lutheran churches, as well as one of the best lookouts in the region. Mengler’s Hill Lookout captures a breathtaking view of the Valley, guaranteeing a perfect photo opp. One of the most visited towns within this region is the renowned Handorf. A slice of European life, this town was settled in 1839 and is bursting with historic buildings, charming shops, and a wide selection of museums and galleries.