Australia: Barossa Valley SA

Mention South Australia’s Barossa Valley and images of gorgeous stone cottages with rose gardens, rolling acres of vineyards, good wine and equally good local fare come to mind.

Little wonder then that the Barossa made the perfect food and drink fest for our long awaited covid free girls’ trip. Friends since our 70s uni days, we three flew into Adelaide, picked up a hire car and carved out an itinerary featuring some of the 170 wineries and restaurants on offer in this Mediterranean climate blessed region.

First settled by Peramangk people, the 1840s witnessed the arrival of Germans escaping religious persecution. These Lutheran Prussians, mainly farmers, honed their skills in grape growing and wine production. Today, the Barossa is world renowned for its reds, particularly Shiraz, but Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon are quickly gaining ground.

We based ourselves in Tanunda, a buoyant town which fitted our bill given its focus on cafes, wine bars and an array of interesting shops, all within an hour’s drive from Adelaide.

Barossa Bed and Breakfast a thoughtfully restored stone cottage was our home for 4 wonderful nights. Luxury fittings with touches of extras as well as a short walk from the town centre mean it comes highly recommended. Check for this stunning gem.

A most relaxing after dinner drinks area

The following pics tell the story of our Barossa sojourn

Take a low deep bow Musq Bar with your 400 gins and excellent food
Shawn Kalleske’s Laughing Jack winery where Briony Kalleske tends to her customers with utmost care
It’s a peaceful easy feeling looking out over Laughing Jack’s vineyards
An oldie but still a goodie – Chateau Tanunda
St Hugo Winery – perfect pick for a long lazy lunch
Rockford Wines was definitely open for our visit. We arrived early since the tasting line for their very famous Sparkling Shiraz is indeed fierce. Bottle limits apply
Grant Burge’s children’s wine venture in Tanunda
Paul Bangay designed the stunning gardens at Barossa Valley Estate
Taking a flight at Barossa Valley Estate
Getting the wine mood on at Krandorf Cellars in downtown Tanunda. A tasty platter accompanied by some fine rose and chardonnay made short work of an afternoon.
Krandorf – promoting tasty local fare in the tastiest way
A surprisingly large enterprise is Peter Lehmann Wines.
A most pleasant setting for a delicious Maggie Beer lunch. Was good, but tourists abound.
Kalleske – maker of heady shiraz and grenache
Ruston Winery with its great gardens
Lamgemil Lutheran Church was preparing for Palm Sunday when we visited but still the staff made time to talk to us. The church’s cemetery is a walk through Barossa Valley Lutheran history from the early 1800s.

The Barossa worked its magic in that nice, slow, easy way that makes you vow to return. There’s something really, really terrific about great company, choice wine and first rate food. Something akin to winning the trifecta.

Adding on two nights in Adelaide – on arrival and departure – made sense. Gave us the chance to explore a little of South Australia’s capital city – large country town that it is.

Arrival hotel – Mayfair with its fabulous Hennessey Bar views over the iconic Haig’s Chocolates
Departure hotel – the funky Indigo Hotel
Delicious Italian fare at Chianti Restaurant Hutt St on our last night – didn’t disappoint

Auf Wiedersehen Barossa!

6 thoughts on “Australia: Barossa Valley SA

  1. Wonderful photos Wen. One scroll thru is not enough. I will look at these again tomorrow morning. Interesting descriptions too. What’s that ‘children’s wine venture’ all about?! Have to catch up. I will be away in May. Home all June. Then I’m meeting Sam and the three grandkids in Darwin, July 11 till 18. Home after that till end Sept. xxxxxx

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