Barossa Valley's Best Places to Wine & Dine
What makes the Barossa Valley wine region special is not limited to Shiraz, although there’s no denying that that’s how it all started. The wine, the food, the rolling patchwork of vineyards and fields dotted with farmhouses and villages, it all makes for a warm, welcoming landscape of people, culture and all of life’s delicious pleasures. If you ever find yourself in Barossa Valley, here are some things you have to experience to get a good bite out of the region or find out more about our exclusive Ultimate Food & Wine Experience in the Barossa Valley.
Seppeltsfield Winery is one of the few places where you can drink a 100-year-old tawny Port with a sweet, sophisticated taste that could stay with you for a century. But before you even get to that, you’ll experience world class Shiraz that’s enhanced with a multi-course meal pairing and a picturesque vineyard that’s lined with palm trees. Seppeltsfield has friendly, knowledgeable staff on hand to round out the whole experience.
Jacob’s Creek combines Barossa Valley’s aged wine culture with 42 hectares of bike trail crossed vineyards, ranges and creek that embody the region’s natural beauty. Arrange outdoor picnics with wide, hillside views. Take an outdoor cooking class that involves picking fresh produce from the kitchen garden. And, of course, taste some of the valley’s best wines with a paired two-course lunch.
Out of all the wineries in Barossa Valley, St. Hugo has a kitchen, presentation and history like no other. The wine estate, named for Louis Hugo Gramp, who planted his first Barossa Valley vineyard in 1847, is a historic site that’s been maintained with modern touches. Take a tutored tasting session in its private subterranean tasting room. Tour its vineyards, cellars and cork tree orchards before enjoying a chef and sommelier-guided wine and dinner with a view of the Barossa mountain ranges.
Besides being one of the most internationally recognised wine brands in Australia, Penfolds Winery stands out for its interactive and fun Wine Maker’s Laboratory. Learn to blend and accent your own brand of Shiraz, Mourvedre and Grenache using Barossa grapes. Then, with an expert guide to lead you, tour the wine-making process and learn about Penfolds’ long history in the wine world.
As one of the five restaurants in Australia with membership in the Relais et Chateaux Association, you can expect top notch warmth and taste. Hentley Farm’s old brick stable, built in the 1880s on the serene banks of Greenock Creek, has been restored and transformed into a unique culinary sanctuary, devoted to the earth and air of Barossa Valley. Their menu is always a unique and authentic dining experience since it changes day to day and highlights the best local ingredients from nearby farms, their own herb garden, and wild plants.
Founded in 1849, Yalumba is Australia’s oldest family-owned winery and the only winery in Australia that makes its own barrels by hand. Yalumba knows how to use its heritage to provide a unique and earnest experience in wine culture, with a step-by-step tour on how they make their barrels to best age and accent their wines. Also, get a truly unique wine tasting experience by having one in one of Yalumba’s massive, old wine tanks—a one-of-a-kind ambience that pairs well with the wine and tasting-menu.
Appellation at The Louise
The Louise is Barossa Valley’s most luxurious, all-encompassing accommodation. Its restaurant, Appellation, takes all its ingredients from sources that are at most 30 km away from its kitchen. Experience a true and original farm-to-plate dinner that showcases the region’s best and freshest flavours and ingredients with expert recipes. For a really wild experience, The Louise can take you out into the bush for breakfast, amidst rolling hills and grazing kangaroos in the distance. Our Ultimate Food & Wine Experience includes two nights in a luxurious suite at the Louise and a 4-course dinner at Appellation.
Barossa Farmers Market
Every Saturday morning, mingle with Barossa’s local community as they visit their favourite stands. Ask them who, rather than where, they get their favourite produce, baked goods, and other speciality items. During holidays you can expect themed special seasonal foods and product and festive handicrafts. In fact, Winter is the best time to visit for produce because it’s the bountiful harvest season.
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