The secret ingredient is dirt
The fertile soil of the Barossa is home to some of the world’s most lauded vineyards but wine isn’t all that tastes great in the Barossa.
The Barossa is a great romantic escape. The hills and valleys have inspired many local artists, so take some time, just the two of you and escape here for the weekend. Spend the night in million-star accommodation under clear skies.
Eat Local SA
Eat like a local in the Barossa. Try real dill cucumbers and preserves, smoked and cured smallgoods, locally made egg noodles and baked goods. Eat Local is an easy way for you to eat and buy authentic South Australian food. Look for the Eat Local signs or visit Eat Local SA.
The food at FermentAsian in Tanunda has its roots firmly planted in chef Tuoi Do’s Vietnamese heritage, while her fresh vegetables and herbs are planted in the same soil where these famous grape vines grow.
You wouldn’t expect to find traditional Vietnamese food in the Barossa but you’ll be glad you did. Find the magic, and unexpected flavours, in the Barossa.
The Visitor Information Centres at Gawler and Tanunda are open seven days a week and the friendly staff are always on hand to help you with your plans, so drop in and say hi. Visit the Tourism Barossa website for more local information.
Of course there's wine
The Barossa has cool summers and rainy winters which makes it perfectly suited for red wine production, particularly Shiraz and richly flavoured Cabernet.
Nearby Eden Valley boasts a stellar reputation for premium wines thanks to its higher altitude and cooler climate - which is perfect for producing Riesling and Chardonnay.
Unlike us, wines don't really enjoy travelling. If you have picked up a few treasured bottles, don't leave them in the car on a warm day. Many cellar doors offer specialist wine transport services to make sure your precious cargo gets home safely.
History and heritage
Before South Australia was colonised, the Peramangk Aboriginal people roamed through most of the Barossa region, sharing the northern part with their Ngadjuri neighbours.
When Colonel William Light first visited the region more than 175 years ago he named it "Lynedoch Vale" after his "esteemed friend" Lord Lynedoch. The hills were named "Barrosa Range" after the site of Lynedoch's victory at the Battle of Barrosa in 1811.
Both names were subsequently misspelt on maps, resulting in the unique local names used today.
In the late 1830s, the chairman of the South Australian Company, George Fife Angas, employed gifted linguist and mineralogist Johannes Menge to explore the local colony. In April 1839 he described the district as "the cream, the whole cream and nothing but the cream".
A year earlier, in 1838, copper was discovered in Kapunda and Australia's first mining town was established.
Aside from an amazing array of wines and wineries to discover, there are regional arts and a rich, pioneering history worth exploring, including the short-lived gold rush of the 1860s. Of course, with great wine comes great food. So make sure you leave enough time to sample all of the locally produced delights the Barossa has to offer.
All of this and more is available via a network of well signposted heritage trails that can be accessed by car or on foot.
Iconic Seppeltsfield Winery was founded in the early 1850s and the 10 kilometre-long Seppeltsfield Road is home to some of the Barossa’s most famous wineries and gourmet destinations. For more information about where to eat, drink and stay along Seppeltsfield Road, visit the Seppeltsfield Road website.
The Barossa Visitor Guide features information on local history, wine, food and culinary experiences, retail, art and adventures. Plan your holiday with the Barossa Visitor Guide and see why the Barossa is a taste of the good life.
Download a Barossa map to help find your way around when you visit. Plenty of cellar doors, of course, but there’s also an impressive list of attractions and several walking trails too.
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Things to do
Here are some great ideas for you to try while you’re in the area.
There are plenty of events on in the Barossa. Here are some ideas you might like.