The Barossa Valley
home to some of the oldest wine producing grape vines in the world. A
region rich in European heritage and Australian history. A valley with
over 50 of Australias top quality vineyards producing some of the
worlds most celebrated and awarded wines.
Whatever your taste in wine
and fine food the gentle sloping hills of the Barossa is sure to inspire
and bring you back again and again for more.
First settled in 1842 by
German settlers fleeing religious persecution in Prussia and
Silesia, the valley still retains its distinct Germanic flavour and
beautiful, well-tended area, only 50 minutes drive from Adelaide which
encourages casual visits for tastings and cellar sales. Wine has
become a basic part of life in the area. Wealthy settlers first
established the wine industry here in the 1850s and 60s. The major
difference in the Barossa from European wine growing practice is that
the Barossa growers sold their wines to the wineries whereas in Europe
the growers bottle their own wine.
appreciate the area, you need to get off the main road and take the
narrow back roads between settlements. The central town is
The first settlement in the region is Bethany a hamlet settled by
Prussians a little off the beaten track but well worth a look on the way
to Mengler Hill Lookout which provides a panoramic view over the entire
district. There are many small settlements throughout the region each
providing their own flavour and some with a distinct Germanic flavour
others such as Angaston a distinctly
The region abounds with Festivals such as the Lyndoch Lavender
Festival, the famous Barossa Vintage Festival - Australias most
prestigious wine festival celebrating everything Barossa, Barossa Jazz
Weekend, Kapunda Celtic Festival, Barossa under the Stars, Barossa Music
Festival, Para Road Wine Path, Angaston Garden Affair & Rose Show, Viognier Symposium - featuring International and Australian Viognier
experts, and the Barossa Markets held each weekend at the Chateau
Dorrien Winery, Barossa Valley Way between Tanunda and Nuriootpa.
scenic time to visit is between July and October, because the vines
are heavily pruned during the winter months. The busiest months are
from March to May when the grapes are harvested.
There are several other wine-growing regions in the state, notably
the south-eastern corner around Penola, Coonawarra and Padthaway; in
the Clare Valley, north of the Barossa; and around McLaren Vale on
the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Check out our listing of
Barossa Valley accommodation. With so much to see and do, we have listed a
selection of attractions, wineries and other links. You can also drop into the
local tourism visitor centre for additional attractions, tours and other