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In the Barossa, the choice of wine is overwhelming. With more than 80 cellar doors and 150 wineries, where do you start?
From big name bestsellers to boutique wineries, each is worth a visit, but how long have you got? You can download the Barossa wine region map to help you plan your visit. Luckily, the Barossa Valley is a close-knit community. The annual Barossa Gourmet Weekend, held at the start of spring, is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the best of the region.
The Barossa is home to the biggest names in Australian wine, including two of the most prestigious –Penfolds (Grange) and Henschke Cellars (Hill of Grace). We’re pretty sure you’ll have heard of Wolf Blass and Jacob’s Creek too.
A small but distinguished group of wineries including Rockford, Charles Melton and Grant Burge and Krondorf are all on Krondorf Road. Another, St Hallett Wines, can be found on St Hallett Rd.
"Liquid sunshine" is another name for fortified wines, something else the Barossa does really well. Sample some of the best at Grant Burge Illaparra (the fortified wine specialty cellar door on Murray Street).
Indulge in single wines or "flights" that include specially chosen food sensations. Try fortified Barossa chocolates, jam and rich fruitcake.
Take a couple of hours and learn about the winery’s history at Seppeltsfield Wines. Founded in 1851, today their bluestone cellars produce the sublime 100-year-old Para Vintage Tawny. You can even sample vintage tawny from the year of your birth.
Langmeil Winery houses one of Australia's oldest surviving vineyards. The iconic Freedom Shiraz is produced from their 160 year-old vines.
The local produce platters available at Peter Lehmann Wines are a bit lighter, but equally special. Choose a picnic table and relax on the rolling lawns among the red gums. If it's a bit cooler, settle inside to enjoy your feast beside an open fire.
Occasionally, Turkey Flat Vineyards opens wines they normally don’t offer for tastings. They’ll also teach you which local cheeses match your favourite drop. Join them in the Butchers Block tasting room for a master class you'll never forget.
Many winemakers from nearby Eden Valley do not have their own cellar doors. Instead they show their wines at Taste Eden Valley in Angaston. It’s perfect for tasting!
You’ll find even more boutique wines in the appropriately named Barossa Small Winemakers Centre, in the historic Château Tanunda. Set aside some time because there are wines from more than 20 producers to choose from.