It’s always a good time to visit the Barossa. In winter, snuggle up by the fire with a glass of rich and chocolatey shiraz, while in summer you can sit amongst the vines sipping local riesling. It really is a region for any season. The Barossa is also bursting at the seams with rich, viticultural history and tradition, and while it boasts some of the country’s most sought-after wines and famous wine families, it’s also home to fresh faces and wineries paving a new route for the region. A visit to the Barossa is one of discovery – no matter how many times you’ve been before.
Just over an hour from Adelaide, you’ll find yourself in a stunning part of wine country, with rolling vineyard views, rustic cellar doors and eateries showcasing the best of the state’s produce and culinary talent. But with plenty of cellar doors to choose from it can be a hard task to decide just where to visit. Here are some of our favourite Barossa destinations, featuring a mix of our favourite well-known wineries and some newer names for you to get a real grasp on this renowned region.
Take the morning to head to the Barossa before pulling into your first stop of the trip at the RedHeads Village cellar door in beautiful Angaston. The crew at RedHeads do things differently, and we love it. They source premium grapes from around the region to craft their small-batch, sustainable, vegan-friendly wines. Chill in one of their comfy lounges, or take a seat at the bar for a personalised tasting paired with a view of the estate vines. There are some impressive wines in the portfolio, including some exciting blends such as the Esulé Woman With Gun Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvigon and the Return of the Living Red Cabernet Sauvignon Touriga. You’ll fall in love with the relaxed, approachable vibe of RedHeads and their passion for Barossa winemaking.
A long lunch is always a good idea when you’re in wine country; there’s no better place than Hentley Farm’s Atrium Restaurant. Arrive prior to your booking to enjoy a tasting through the boutique, single-vineyard wines crafted by winemaker Andrew Quin and his team. The wines here evoke a real sense of place, and are a true reflection of the Barossa terroir. Settle in for the afternoon and be taken on a journey with the Hentley Farm discovery tasting menu led by executive chef Clare Falzon. The menu features local produce from Greenock Creek and further across the Barossa, making for a dining experience you won’t soon forget.
Elderton is a much-loved, family-owned winery in the Barossa, who in 2021 are celebrating their 40th vintage. The cellar door is housed in the former family homestead, boasting a warming atmosphere with an open fire and cosy couches to settle into for your tasting. The wines are approachable, food friendly and display all the qualities you know and love of Barossa wines.
Round out your visit to the Barossa with a tasting at the renowned Henschke cellar door. Take a step back in time to discover the rich history of the Barossa and the Henschke family, who have been crafting iconic wines like the legendary Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone for over 60 years, from their 150+ year old vines.. Be sure to book in for one of their cellar door tasting experiences to truly immerse yourself in the quality of upper echelon Barossa shiraz.