Wine Holiday at Barossa Valley's Wineries, South Australia

Australia's premium wine region with famous wines including Penfold's Grange Hermitage and Henschke's Hill of Grace.

The Barossa Valley is an hour north of Adelaide, and takes its wine very seriously.  While there are quite a few picturesque restaurants attached to cellar doors, production of quality wine is paramount.

South Australia's wines are exported to the world and include labels such as Wolf Blass and Jacob's Creek, which brings a smile to your face when you see that yes, there is an actual creek there.

Photo Barossa Valley Vineyards
Photo Barossa Valley Vineyards

The Barossa was founded by German settlers more than a hundred years ago and has Australia's oldest vines. To this day, the town's elders have resisted fast-food chains including McDonalds to keep their rustic piece of paradise away from the trappings of bigger cities.

While Penfold's Grange is Australia's most famous wine, some believe others such as Henschke and its Hill of Grace are as good.

Penfolds is a prolific winery with many, many good varieties including Coonawarra and  Magill Estate in red wine and Yattarna in a white, including a very good 2000 chardonnay.

And for the famous Grange Hermitage, the prices range up to about $600 for a 1998 and $700 for a 1990 vintage, considered one of the best wines ever made in Australia.

Where to stay?  Try the Barossa Resort, which is central to everything, and make your way back down to Adelaide through the Adelaide Hills, including the delightful town of Hahndorf, with is delightful German influence.

If you're serious about drinking a good variety of seriously good red wine, the Barossa Valley is one of the world's best wine holidays.

Big Map of Barrosa Valley