Updated: Feb 8, 2021
The Barossa Valley is one of Australia’s oldest and most famous wine regions, housing some of its most renowned wineries. The valley is an hour’s drive northeast from the city of Adelaide, the Barossa Valley has a history that dates back to the 1800s where German migrants settled in the valley.
The region is best known for its Shiraz and vines that are over 150 years old. The wines themselves boast rich notes of chocolate and spices. You’ll also find other grape varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Mourvedre, Riesling, Semillon, and Grenache.
With the rolling hills covered in vines and picturesque landscape, the Barossa Valley is a beautiful day trip from Adelaide. You can tour the wineries yourself, which we did, or you can join a tour. I was told the tours are also great. Whatever you choose, you’re destined to find yourself with a delicious glass of wine and in the company of wine specialists dying to share their knowledge with you.
South Australia, the state, is most well known for being a wine region. However, we’ve been staying in Adelaide, also known as the city of churches, and have also been enjoying the architecture and relaxed beach vibe.
Things to Do
The Barossa Valley is made up of several small towns that you can drive around. Each town has its own personality, good food, and specialty wines, be ready to stop and take photos all along the way.
You’ll assuredly need a rental car to get around. We packed a lot into a day, but if you stayed for several days, you’d easily fill your time exploring.