The continent of Australia offers visitors almost a limitless array of things to do and see from unique wildlife to incredible scenery. The vast country is often overwhelming when trying to choose where to go and what to do and the decision is often made on the key interest of the visitor. If your key interest is relaxing in the sun enjoying a glass of award winning wine then a visit to the South Australian region of the Barossa Valley should be your first port of call.
The Barossa Valley is located 60 kilometres northeast of the states capital, Adelaide. A city in itself well worth a day or two of exploring and experiencing. However, the Barossa is the must do for wine buffs and foodies alike.
The region is home to the Barossa Ranges named by Colonel William Light in 1837, a clerical error saw the correct spelling of Barrosa transcribed to the name we use today. The region has a relatively small population of just 20,000 with the majority of residents in the three main towns of Angaston, Nuriootpa, and Tanunda.
The Barossa Valley is most well known for it’s Shiraz wine variety with some of this variety being used in the famous Penfolds Grange. Despite this key variety the region also yields many other wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Riesling as a nod to it’s strong German history, and Semillon.
There are two major events that are held to celebrate the regions wonderful industry – the Barossa Valley Vintage Festival which is held every two years on odd numbered years and includes competitions, concerts, a large street parade, and of course food and wine tasting. The second event is the Barossa Valley Gourmet Weekend held towards the end of winter. A wonderful weekend of food and wine as well as musical events and other entertainment.
Foodies can also indulge with the wonderful array of locally grown produce and you can enjoy these at the many wonderful cafes and restaurants, or if you prefer you can visit the local farmers market to meet the producers of the food. You’ll learn about the fascinating food history of region with the many Europeans settlers add their own personality and style to the food that is produced as well as offering great wine matching advice. The farmers market is set up in the historic Vintners Sheds offering you a chance to experience the history as well as learn about it.
The Barossa Valley offers visitors stunning scenery, a rich history, fresh contemporary cuisine, and award winning wine. Add to that beautiful weather and warm hospitable people and your trip to the Barossa Valley will be one you won’t forget.