South Australia – Barossa Valley – The best in a day

By Sam Russell
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Ballooning in the Barossa Valley in South Australia

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Barossa Valley, South Australia
Grape picking in the Barossa Valley in South Australia
Barossa Valley, South Australia
Vines in the Barossa Valley in South Australia


It could be said that if you had only one day to experience the best of Australia’s wine scene, you would have to spend it in the Barossa Valley, just one hour’s easy driving north of Adelaide.

The region's renowned wine heritage grew from German settlers who planted their new lives and first vines here in the 1840s. There are now about 500 grape growing families, 120 wine companies and 60 cellar doors. Tourists happily spend weeks in the Barossa. Here’s how to sample its wine, food, culture and geography in one indulgent day.


Stop 1 - Breakfast

The Branch

New, buzzy and easy to find The Branch is opposite Nuriootpa’s Vine Inn hotel. Its membership of Food Barossa ensures your brekkie is fresh, local and distinctive. Great coffee with your Big Breakfast (scrambled eggs, local pancetta, Kainga Park duck chipolatas, slow roasted tomatoes, Swiss brown mushrooms) will amply fortify you for the day ahead ... read more.

Open 8 am to late. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Wednesday to Saturday
15 Murray Street,
Nuriootpa, 5352.
Tel  08 8562 4561 


Stop 2 - wine tour


Penfolds excels at the imaginative presentation of its products to discerning winelovers. Look no further than their recorking clinics; in the past 17 years 90,000 bottles of premium Penfolds wines from customers’ cellars were inspected and assessed free of charge.

At their Nuriootpa cellar door there’s a choice of two splendid tours. The Make your own blend 1½ hour tour takes you behind the scenes, puts you into a white lab coat and guides you in blending and bottling your own masterly red wine with your name on the label as Assistant Winemaker. The A Taste of Grange tour includes a 2 hour hard-hat tour of the world’s largest premium red wine barrel cellar and a tutored tasting of Penfolds Super Premium wines including the iconic Grange. Both tours are for small groups and are highly interactive ... read more.

Open daily at 10 am (and 2 pm for the Myob tour) or on request. Bookings advisable.
Tanunda Road, Nuriootpa
Tel  08 8568 9408 


Stop 3 - Lunch and wine tasting

Kabminye Wines

Owned by fifth generation descendants of 1840s Silesian settlers, this light-filled contemporary building is set among vines at the foot of the Barossa Range. Kabminye is a five star winery. It is the perfect spot for a respite between the morning’s busy-ness and the pleasures to come. The fare from their kitchens is an unfussy, sensitive and modern interpretation of the traditional food of the settlers ... read more.

Open 11 – 5 every day
Krondorf Road, Tanunda
Tel  08 8563 0889 

En route to Stop 4 be sure to go via Bethany, a tiny town of the 1840s, and then pause at the lookout and sculpture park on Mengler Hill. The panorama of the valley is spectacular.


Stop 4 - wine tasting


There’s plenty of history in the Barossa and it is nowhere better evoked than at Yalumba. This is Australia’s oldest family owned winery, founded by the forebears of today’s Managing Director, fifth generation Robert Hill Smith. Set in glorious park-like grounds, Yalumba continues to build on its vinous heritage while innovating with products such as its distilled V de Vie. Be sure to look at the towering spirit still near the cellar door and visit the winery’s own cooperage to watch craftsmen making Yalumba’s own barrels more. 

Yalumba Wine Room (the cellar door) is open 10 – 5 daily.
Eden Valley Road,
Tel  08 8561 3200 


Stop 5 - dinner

Appellation at The Louise

This highly regarded winner of multiple awards is considered by gastronomes a destination restaurant. Set within The Louise, one of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group, it is renowned for its imaginative local cuisine, an exceptional wine list and incomparable views. There is only one downside. It can be difficult to get a table. Try ... read more.

The Louise, Seppeltsfield Road, Marananga
Tel  08 8562 4144 


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