Wine lovers will find Australia’s Barossa Valley a haven to Australia’s oldest surviving wineries and vineyards.
While this wine region is still largely undiscovered, it is gradually emerging as an international wine destination. In fact, last year the country’s wine capital saw its largest increase in international visitors.
Several Wine Regions
The Barossa Valley is just an hour’s drive north of Adelaide and offers a nice selection of wines as well as food, homey hospitality, and natural beauty. The wine regions surrounding Adelaide, include Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Barossa.
Barossa Daimler Tours offers independent tours of all four regions. This company has been around for more than 20 years, and says that about 80 percent of their clients choose to visit Barossa’s 150 plus wineries and 80 cellar doors.
While this is a small fraction of what one would experience in the Napa Valley which has around 3 million wineries within the same size area, visiting the more intimate wineries of Barossa lets guests connect with winemakers for a special experience.
John Baldwin of Barossa Daimler Tours says, “We would lose our charm if we got a million people a year.”
Touring with John Baldwin makes for a complete experience with outstanding wines, an opportunity to learn about historic buildings, the area’s heritage, as well as the taste of local gourmet foods.
Multi-region tours are available with overnight packages that provide local accommodations. If a tour like this is something you’ve never tried before, you can start with a full day tour to the region of your choice.
Lodging and More
Over the last ten years, Barossa has developed lodging options to complement its wine experience with new generations of grape-growing families opening boutique style labels. Along with the growing number of lodging options and new wines comes a vanguard of food artisans.
As all their efforts come together, Barossa has become one of Australia’s premier gastronomic tourism destinations.
Photo credits: South Australia