St Hugo, Barossa Valley, South Australia © St Hugo
Unmissable winery experiences in the Barossa Valley
The Barossa Valley prides itself on producing some of the world's best wines as well as superb gourmet food.
By Marc Llewellyn
South Australia's world-famous Barossa Valley is just an hour by car north-east of the centre of Adelaide. This beautiful part of the world, with its vivid green grape vines and tracts of forest, incorporates four towns – Angaston, Tanunda, Nuriootpa and Lyndoch – as well as smaller villages. There are about 150 wineries in the area, and you can taste wine and eat local, seasonal produce at more than 80 cellar doors. Discover some of the region's unmissable winery experiences here.
Indulge in a Seppeltsfield experience
Seppeltsfield is the only winery in the world to release a 100-year-old single vintage wine every year. Taste tawny fortified wine made the year you were born, straight from the barrel, on a Taste Your Birth Year Tour. Or taste wine made at five important moments in time, including when Elvis Presley died (1977) and the Titanic sank (1912), on a Moments in History Tour. The This is Your Life Tour allows you to select five wines from important moments in your life. There's also a Fortified Wine & Canapé Tasting Experience, and a Daily Heritage Tour of the estate's historic buildings and surroundings. Seppeltsfield has a fine dining restaurant, Fino, set in an enclosed garden veranda and garden terrace. Or you can buy cheese and wine from Octeine Coffee and have a picnic in the gardens.
Enjoy a gourmet picnic at Jacob's Creek
One of Australia’s most successful wine companies, Jacob's Creek has been producing wines in the Barossa Valley since 1847. Visit the home of Jacob's Creek, set on 42 hectares (104 acres), with a bicycle track that weaves between the vineyards. Relax under a gum tree with a glass of wine and some produce from the winery's kitchen garden and other local artisan producers on a Jacob's Creek Gourmet Picnic. Learn how to match great food and wine and increase your wine knowledge at the cellar door.
Go back in time at Pindarie Wines
With a cellar door created out of a restored grain room and stables, family-owned Pindarie Wines oozes history. There's lots of old wood and exposed stone and brick, and the original tin roof sheeting acts as the internal ceiling of the tasting room. The Grain Store restaurant serves gourmet pies, such as the wild western rabbit and mushroom pie. Tasting plates include the Shearers Platter for Two, with local meats and cheeses, chutneys, olives and wood-fired bread.
Join the family at Turkey Flat Vineyards
The old bluestone cellar door at Turkey Flat Vineyards was formally a butcher's shop run by the Shultz family, who own the building and vineyards today. It’s nestled between the vines on the edge of the historic township of Tanunda. The family vineyards date back to 1847. You can taste wine and nibble on snacks in the cellar door building, or share a bottle by the fire or out in the garden looking onto the vines.
Taste wine from old vines at Elderton Wines
With shiraz and cabernet sauvignon vines dating from 1894, and a homestead in the heart of the Barossa Valley township of Nuriootpa, Elderton Wines is a family winery that makes world-class vintages. Although known for their exceptional single vineyard reds, they also produce most other varieties, so there's something for everyone. You can taste the wines at the cellar door or take part in the Elderton Elite Tasting Experience to taste some of the best wines and local cheeses and meet the owners. Alternatively, explore the diversity of shiraz in a Barossa Shiraz Masterclass. The cellar door has a nice outdoor area, where you can match your wine with a tasting plate, such as a cheese plate, or locally cured Atlantic salmon.
Match local food and wine at St Hugo
With its striking ironstone buildings, exceptional restaurant and a reputation for excellent wines, St Hugo should be high on your winery bucket list. Explore the connection between food and wine with the Chef’s Table experience, hosted in the beautiful historical surroundings of the Jacob’s Family Estate. Guided by a St Hugo Chef, you'll prepare lunch and develop your kitchen skills before feasting on your culinary efforts alongside a selection of St Hugo wines. Those keen to brush up on their stemware knowledge might be tempted by the St Hugo & Riedel Masterclass, a wine education experience for novices and aficionados alike.