Visit The Barossa
There is always local knowledge when it comes to experiencing the Barossa through our eyes.
It is always difficult to define a Barossa experience especially when there is so much to offer.
The Barossa has a brilliant food culture driven by the needs of our pioneering families to be self-sufficient. In the last decade there has been a resurgence in backyard veggie patches, fruit orchards and home produce - jams, chutneys, sauces, sausage/salami making, in fact anything you can preserve.
You will see small offerings at some of the local wineries often made by their staff or family, or if you want to see a larger selection in one place you can’t go past the Barossa Farmers Market open every Saturday from 7am. Get there early and mingle with the locals, so everything isn't sold out before you get there! Also a visit to Maggie Beer's Farm is a great taste of the region with dedicated premises to see her complete offering. In Angaston, the Barossa Cheese Company is worth a look for the foodies.
There is so much on offer here, from the high end to the family on a budget. If you want the true dining experience you could try; Appellation, 1918, Vintners, Ferment Asian or FINO.
We also have a great selection of pubs and clubs that not only provide good food but a great place to have a cleansing ale. You can try the Tanunda Club (Tanunda), the Angas Park Hotel (Nuriootpa), The Greenock Tavern (Greenock) and the Angaston Hotel (Angaston) but you will find that all the local pubs have something great to offer.
For a family friendly option, you can try Roaring Forties (Angaston) which is a well renowned pizza bar.
If you feel like getting into other activities with the kids or you just like to go for walks, there are a few gems around the valley. Kaiser Stuhl National Park is a great walk, the stringy bark loop trail takes between 40 to 60 minutes and often you will come across a few kangaroos. The view from Menglers Hill is stunning and shows the patch work of the Barossa ground. There is also a great shelter shed at Bethany oval and in the winter a creek bed for the kids to explore. (You can also take a walk up the creek to the first and second waterfalls, just be aware it can get a bit slippery in the winter).
The local towns all have parks and playgrounds so good for a BBQ, or there is the Tanunda Ten Pin Bowling Centre and Mini Golf.
For the golfers, pack the clubs as Tanunda Pines Golf Club is a brilliant natural course with heartbreaking greens, a tough course but also a rewarding one.
It is always tough to put forward names of wineries as the region boasts close on 180 wineries. From a historic sense visits to Seppeltsfield, Yalumba, Chateau Tanunda, and Henschke’s show some of the old grandeur of the region's beginnings.
Some of the wineries that represent an era of new small family premium offerings from the 1980s are Rockford Wines, Charles Melton, St Hallett, Peter Lehmann, Bethany Wines, Heritage, Willows, Elderton Wines and Greenock Creek.
With the 1990s new wineries like Langmeil, Torbreck, Murray Street, Hentley Farm, Thorn Clarke, Rusden and Schild Estate.
Then you have some newer wineries (some appointment only), but certainly show a bright new generation coming through. Producers like David Franz, Laughing Jack, Travis Earth, Tomfoolery, Pindarie, Teusner, the Artisan Group of Wineries, Gibson, Tin Shed, Whistler, Kerra Yerta, Hobbs, Hutton Vale, Soul Growers, in fact the list is endless.
We would highly recommend visiting the Barossa Visitor’s Information Centre, which has maps and lists of all the wineries. No doubt there are many more to highlight and in fact you always upset someone when you make lists, so when visiting wineries always ask their recommendations.
We can recommend the Barossa Brewing Company in Greenock, well worth visiting, or if you see any of their beer around the traps give it a go - but don’t drink too much as they are only small and the locals still need their cleansing ales! There is also the Barossa Valley Brewing Company in Tanunda, open for drinks and nibbles and they are also doing some interesting brews.
Please be aware that the Barossa has a very active police force and as a region we encourage all groups to have a designated driver. Please keep our region safe as accidents can cause fatalities that are felt very deeply in our small community.
To get a taste of the Barossa you need at least a minimum of 2 to 3 days and there is plenty of accommodation offerings – from the Novotel Barossa Valley Resort (link!) which is great for families with nice rooms, swimming pool, and views to the 5-star approach, The Louise (link!) which is pure indulgence. Caravan Parks in the region have good facilities and are located in Tanunda and Nuriootpa. There are also many B&B's which provide diverse offerings from affordable to high end – a great way to share a home with friends in the Barossa.
We hope this helps those planning ahead or those just researching the Barossa as a destination. Living here is great, but visiting doesn’t mean you should miss out on living the Barossa life style.
Enjoy your visit and make sure you come to Langmeil Winery and say hello!