While the Barossa is famous for time-honoured wine names such as Penfolds, Orlando and Henschke, this region also offers a rich blend of the tranquil and the traditional.
Nineteenth century European influences are seen in the churches, shops and homes in towns like Lyndoch, Angaston and Eden Valley. Settled mainly by immigrant Lutherans, the Barossa is passionate about celebrating its heritage and traditions. ‘Slow food’ owes much to the culinary techniques and farming practices that are alive and well here: you’ll see their fruits on a specially designed trail of traditional butchers, bakers and wine makers; you’ll also find them at the lively Barossa Farmers’ Market in Angaston. One of our true culinary champions – in fact, a household name in Australia’s kitchens – is resident Maggie Beer. At her Farm Shop, you can enjoy picnic lunches that properly utilise ingredients raised on the rich lands of the Barossa.
But of course, in the Barossa, conversation will always turn to wine. Iconic sights include Jacob’s Creek, the incredible views from Mengler Hill Lookout, the 20,000-plant rose gardens of Barossa Chateau and the Wolf Blass Visitor Centre. For the perfect souvenir, try your hand as a winemaker at Penfolds’ Nuriootpa winery: pull on a labcoat, mix varieties to taste and have it bottled and labelled with your own name.
The Barossa is an hour from the city through the beautiful Adelaide Hills. Be sure to stop at the Whispering Wall near Williamstown. A feat of engineering in 1901, the wall gets its name from the acoustic phenomenon that enables messages whispered at one end to be heard at the other, 140 metres away.