Barossa Valley, Australia

The patchwork valley hillsides sustain more than 80 vineyards, producing over a fifth of Australia’s wine – mostly big, ballsy reds. A distinct local foodie culture has evolved alongside the drinkables, with cool cafés and sexy restaurants extolling regional fare with a doff of the cap to the valley’s Germanic heritage. Fleeing religious persecution, Lutheran immigrants came to the Barossa in 1842, bringing with them hardy vine cuttings. Historic stone-wall towns like Tanunda, Bethany and Angaston are infused with Teutonic tastes: admire gothic church steeples and brass band festivals and rifle through food stores for smoked wurst, pretzels and sauerkraut. Guten appetit!

Areas in Barossa Valley

When to go

Summer in the Barossa (December to February) can be hot and heaving with visitors: better to time your trip during autumn (March to April) when the grapes are being harvested, the days are fresher and the nippers are back at school.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    The Barossa is a one-hour drive (on a good day) north of South Australia’s capital city, Adelaide. Domestic flights from all other Australian capitals and many regional centres fly into Adelaide’s international airport (
  • Automobiles

    The Barossa is compact – 25 kilometres end-to-end – but you’ll need a motor to get there and access back-road cellar doors and townships off the main tourist trail. Hire a car at Adelaide airport or in the city itself, where all the major rental brands are represented.
  • Taxis

    Barossa Taxis (0411 150 850; operates around the clock, and has two nine-seater taxis if you're travelling en masse. Barossa and Light Cab Service (08 8563 3631) also runs a 24-hour service throughout the valley. A cab from Tanunda to Angaston costs around AU$20.

Barossa Valley

Barossa Valley

Ease into the end of your ideal holiday in the rolling Barossa Valley, a patchwork of hillsides with more than 80 vineyards, producing mostly robust reds. A distinct local foodie culture has also evolved with cool cafés and sexy restaurants extolling regional fare. Settle in on a vine-lined hillside at The Louise, an exquisite, contemporary boutique hotel featuring 15 architecturally inspired suites in seductive mod tones, each with superb ensuites with spa tubs, an outdoor shower for star-lit shampooing and a private terrace. The facilities are state-of-the-art and the restaurant is truly outstanding. But, you’ve got reds to sample, and your Mr & Mrs Smith planner will help organize only top-flight private tours, tastings and meet-ups with influential winemakers at wineries like Charles Melton and Two Hands. Cheers to that…

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