Recognised as one of the worlds top 5 wine regions, Barossa Valley sits alongside Bordeaux, Tuscany and Napa as a must visit location for foodies and wine enthusiasts alike.
It’s an easy, if un-scenic, 1 hour drive north from Adelaide. The region is one of Australia’s largest wine regions, and focuses predominately on premium wines – most notably Shiraz. While there are plenty of names you will recognise – Jacob’s Creek, Wolf Blass, Penfolds; there are many more boutique producers waiting to be discovered. Some providing a great snapshot of the diverse styles the region produces include Turkey Flat, Henschke, Langmeil, Elderton, Two Hands Wines. Each of these wineries is from a different subregion and shows what Barossa does so well.
Originally settled by English settlers and Lutheran religious refugees from Germany/Poland shortly after South Australia was settled in 1836. These settlers were very much about hard work, and self-sufficiency. Consequently it seems like there is a multitude of bakers, butcher and wine-makers in every town. The foodie vibe is alive and well in Barossa. One experience not to be missed is the weekly Barossa Farmers Market held just outside Angaston every Saturday morning in the Vintners sheds.
Another Barossa native and great supporter of Barossa food is Maggie Beer. This Australian foodie, who settled here in the 1970s, now oversees an epicurean empire which includes cookbooks, TV, cooking classes, pheasant farming, a cafe and the Maggie Beer range of products. One of the delights of her shop is almost everything is available to sample. This makes walking away empty-handed nigh on impossible.