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Barossa wins my award for best wine region in Australia. It’s wines, most notably Shiraz, are outstanding, the scenery breathtaking, it’s rich immigrant history adds cultural depth and its artisan food prepared is with passion and care. Here are six ways to experience the extraordinary wines of the Barossa Valley.
To balance our overindulgence, we hired bikes to explore the vineyards on a small section of the Jack Bobridge Bike Trail, which winds for 27km between Gawler and Tanunda.
We packed a picnic of local cheeses, olives, cold meats and a bottle of wine and found a picturesque spot along the trail to eat and soak it all in. It was a relaxing and fun way to experience the Barossa.
The Barossa Valley is beautiful and the best way to see it is on the back of a bright yellow trike. There’s nothing like the wind blowing back your hair as you zip along winding country roads and besides the most beautiful gum trees and green covered hills you’ve ever seen. I squealed several times!
The trike tour with with Barossa Unique Tours includes in-helmet commentary so you learn about the history of the region and the stories of the people who make it so amazing. Tell your guide which cellar doors and local food experiences you want, and he’ll drive you to the door.
One of our favourite food and wine experiences in the Barossa was the Jacob’s Creek Cooking Class held in the outdoor kitchen at the historic Jacob’s Estate Cottages.
We walked amongst quince and olive trees, pulled out artichokes and herbs for our lunch, and snacked on flowers and plants such as society garlic (garlic flavour without the bad breath).
I was in heaven cooking in the outdoor kitchen with beautiful views over the vines, a poppadum snack in one hand, a glass of bubbly in the other AND no kids running at my feet!
We then got to eat our dishes in the old servants quarters of Jacob’s Estate Cottage, with matching wine from Jacob’s Creek.
The Steingarten Vineyard, on top of the hill bordering Eden Valley, is a Barossa Valley best-kept secret. Premium award-winning Riesling grows here in harsh conditions.
Our trike tour finished here at sunset. The views and the colours of the sun setting over the valley were spectacular.
It’s best taken in with a bottle of Steingarten Riesling and oysters. It’s a Barossa bucket list moment.
Founded in 1851, Seppeltsfield is one of Australia’s oldest wineries and has had a big influence on the Australian wine industry.
Their Century tour will take you inside the Seppelt family homestead, followed by a private tasting of super-premium fortified wines in the estate’s Trophy Cellar. A cool end to the tour is getting to taste a Tawny direct from the barrel of your birth year!
Barossa is famous for Shiraz.
Go a little deeper into what this means at the Turkey Flat Vineyard Shiraz Masterclass. The tastings also include a Barossa Valley Cheese Company tasting plate.
We suggest bringing your own picnic to relax in their garden afterward, a bottle of your favourite shiraz and a few lawn games! The kids will be happy!
There are century old free standing Grenache vines as you drive into the estate which are worth having a look at.