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Why Visit Barossa Valley?

The Barossa Valley has often been referred to as 'South Australia's answer to Napa Valley' thanks to the abundance and quality of its wines. Less than 50 miles from the Australian capital of Adelaide, the region is home to some of the most famous names in Australian wine, and it's not hard to see why. The vineyards are plentiful, the wine tasting opportunities numerous and Aussie hospitality some of the warmest in the world! Variety is the spice of life here, with various sub-regions including the pretty Clare Valley and elegant Eden Valley sitting slightly further out from the centre of Barossa and providing picturesque and peaceful views alongside yet more great wine. Here, visitors can soak up the good life amongst five-star wineries, intimate accommodation and gorgeous views of the Australian countryside.

The way of life here is laid-back and easy, with plentiful outdoor activities from trail cycling and mini golf and helicopter and hot air balloon rides alongside a proliferation of wine experiences with some of the biggest and best that Australia has to offer. Instantly recognisable names include Penfolds, Wolf Blass, Peter Lehmann and Jacob's Creek, and the majority of wineries are more than happy to throw open their doors to eager guests.

The food traditions here are also excellent, with vast quantities of outstanding local produce showcasing the fertility and plenty of the land. The towns of Tanunda and Nuriootpa are both brilliant culinary destinations, with everything from coffee shops to fine dining available to calm those hunger pangs ... best paired with a glass or two of local wine, of course! 

The Barossa Valley is  a wonderfully celebratory destination, with an overflowing yearly calendar of events offering something for every kind of visitor. Wine tasting masterclasses with various producers are available at all times of year, whilst the Barossa Gourmet Weekend in early September is a fabulous way to experience the gastronomic specialities of the region. There are also various agricultural shows offering local produce. If you're visiting in April, don't miss the Barossa Vintage Festival, one of the area's biggest and best regional events. With up to 90 events taking place across 5 days, the festival features everything from music to wine, all presented with classic Aussie conviviality!

Plan Your Visit

Best Known Grapes

Barossa is home to one of the world's most distinctive styles of Shiraz. The black Shiraz grape (often known as Syrah in Europe) creates wines with rich, unctuous flavours of ripe fruit, baking spice and dark chocolate, delectably drinkable and full bodied - but watch out, as alcohol levels in these all-too-easy-to-drink wines can be on the high side! One of the world's most iconic Shiraz-based wines, Penfolds Grange, is made here, and one of the hallmarks of this region is truly excellent quality and a pioneering mindset which has earned Barossa winemakers a worldwide reputation. At the fringes of the region, Eden Valley and Clare Valley also produce delicious Rieslings with wonderful notes of minerality and white blossom alongside Shiraz and more than a little Cabernet Sauvignon. 
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Best time to visit

The Barossa Valley is very temperate, with temperatures in the coldest winter months (between June and August) rarely dropping below 12°C. Peak summer temperatures hover around 30°C, making this a balmy destination for those visiting from the cold of the Northern Hemisphere! Grape harvest time usually begins around February and is an exciting time to be around, although do bear in mind that this is the busiest time of the year for wineries and so availability for visits and tastings may be a little more limited than usual.
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How long to stay

Factor in around 5 days for a trip combining a visit to the Barossa with some time enjoying the hustle and bustle of Australia's capital city, Adelaide. Linger in the city for one or two nights before heading into the Barossa for a long weekend - take Friday to Monday or Monday to Thursday and experience the very best of this welcoming region.
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How to get there

The Barossa Valley is just over 1 hour's drive from Adelaide Airport . Adelaide has excellent domestic and international links, with daily flights to most other major Australian airports and regular international services with airlines including Emirates, Cathay Pacific and Air New Zealand.
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