Best Barossa Valley Wineries To Visit
With over 90 Cellar Doors to choose from it really is quite difficult to list the Best Barossa Valley Wineries, because there are just simply too many. The choice can be somewhat overwhelming and to be truthful they are all worth visiting and are unique in their own way. I guarantee that you will come away having learnt something new and remarkable from each family owned vineyard you visit. Therefore, enjoy my selection below of wineries that I encourage you to visit if you just beginning your search.
Jacobs Creek is located in the heart of the Barossa Valley and is a household name to Australian wine lovers, there is no doubt about that. Visit their cellar door and onsite award-winning restaurant, Our Table that will tantalize your taste buds. Offering an array of luxury wine experiences for those that really want to make their visit memorable among the breath-taking views of their vineyards, Jacob’s Creek is a winery you'll want to visit.
The Atze’s Corner Wines Cellar Door name is as unique as their Old Vine Shiraz wines and in a very good way. Their rich history of ancestry and appreciation for minimal intervention wine making is what makes their cellar door one of the best in the Barossa Valley. Enjoy a relaxed tasting of their range of wines and varietals, paired with a local produce platter out on the raised tasting floor amongst the wine barrels.
If you are looking for elegant and romantic wine experiences, St Hugo should certainly be on the top of your list. They offer a range of tastings that you can enjoy with a contemporary and wine-centric inspired meal in their renovated 1850’s ironstone building restaurant Taste of St Hugo. Want more, well they have it. Ask about their more indulgent Chef’s Table or Fine Wine Experiences which include a private helicopter ride.
Carmine (Charlie) Scalzi established God’s Hill Wines to carry on the family winemaking tradition. Today, he and son Felice produce wines made only from carefully selected grapes to produce small boutique batches. Their recently refurbished cellar door ‘Cantina Scalzi’ with its amazing views has been described by visitors as the best kept secret in the Barossa Valley. As a winery with a bit of the wow factor, this is one you’ll want to visit.
Mixing the traditional with contemporary is how Lindsay Wines Estate would be described. Their cellar door is filled with character, history and an old signature record player that you will hear as soon as you step inside. Visitors can relax in the landscaped gardens with a bottle of wine, select cheeses and homemade platters. With wines priced to suit all budgets, Lindsay Wine Estate is a cellar door that you’ll want to ensure you visit.
The Hayes Family Wines vineyards span the northern and western reaches of the Barossa Valley and are dedicated to producing boutique, organic and vegan friendly wine. Their vines are tended to completely by hand with minimal intervention to ensure the best quality of fruit. You can taste a selection of their wines including at least two premium ranges for a modest tasting fee of $5, which is refundable on purchase.
The Henschke family have continued their grapegrowing and winemaking tradition in the Barossa’s Eden Valley through six generations. The Henschkes opened their new cellar door, housed in the original 1860s Grain Barn, in late 2018 to mark the winery’s 150th anniversary. The new cellar door includes a spacious tasting area, courtyard, underground cellar, private tasting room and the Henschke Wine Room, which displays the full Henschke collection.
Located just outside of Angaston is the beautiful Yalumba Wines with its historic buildings and manicured gardens that embody its rich history. Visit their cellar door and be guided through a tasting by one of their Wine Room Ambassadors. Afterwards you can purchase a bottle of their fine wine to enjoy lounging on a picnic rug on the lawn. Yalumba Wines is also a great establishment to host events, dinners and memorable occasions.
Poonawatta Wines is a family run estate that is known for producing unique hand-crafted wines. Their signature wine is the 1880 Shiraz which is produced from two acres of original Shiraz vines planted back in 1880. Instead of having a full-time cellar door, they open their Poonawatta homestead by appointment only. Here you can taste their wines and learn about the estate history. Single travelers to large groups are welcome.
Moving from Melbourne to the Eden Valley in 2004, Fi and Col made the vine-change and established Flaxman Wines, where they produce boutique hand-crafted wines. Their cellar door is open Thursday to Sunday and visitors are encouraged to come and taste their wines, enjoyed with a cheese platter and even book in for a long lunch cooked by Col himself. You may even see the wine-making process being done during vintage.
Pindarie Cellar Door is a renovated establishment that has kept the history and farm feel of the old grain room and heritage stables it is now housed in. Enjoy a 180-degree view of the full Pindarie vineyard and working farm that provides a genuine paddock to plate experience. Their cellar door is open 7 days for visitors to enjoy a tasting of their of wines and relax in the Grain Room to a seasonal lunch made from local produce.
Kalleske Wines, located in Greenock offer a full range of organic and biodynamic wines. At their cellar door you can experience their wines while sitting in the beautiful grassed or garden area with complimentary picnic rugs and lawn games for the young at heart. They also offer different levels of experiences where you can see the winemaking process with a tour of the farm. Another must on your visit to the Barossa.
Brockenchack Wines boutique cellar door is located on their Eden Valley vineyard and offers a historical and authentic cellar door experience that is open from Friday to Monday. You can enjoy a complimentary tasting of the Eden Valley wines whilst learning some of the property’s rich history from Trevor, a personal touch only the vineyard owner could offer. The property also hosts an onsite luxury Bed and Breakfast.
Charles Melton Wines, is an award-winning unique cellar door located in Krondorf. The cellar door offers a rustic and cozy setting where you can enjoy the premium wines on offer. Alternatively take your glass outside and enjoy the view of the Barossa Ranges from the verandah, lawns or along the old Grenache bush vine. The cellar door is open daily for sales and tastings, so make sure you visit whilst in the Barossa.
Rockford Winery is hidden in Krondorf with its cellar door open 7 days a week. Here you can find traditional, high quality wines produced from some of the best Barossa grapes. The cellar door is set amongst the old stone buildings and paved courtyards dating back to Krondorf’s early settlement. Visit the cellar door where experienced staff will happily share extensive knowledge of the culture, wines and history of the Barossa.
The Willows Vineyard can be found in the northern region of the Barossa Valley in Light Pass. Set alongside the North Para River this 200-acre property was home to the Willow hospital until 1960. The grapes grown on the property include Riesling, Semillon, Grenache, Mataro, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz and are used to produce their wines that are available for tasting at their cellar door opening from Wednesday to Monday.
Barossa Chateau is home of Creed Wines, a small boutique winery located in the hills of Lyndoch. It is a family owned and operated cellar door producing unique wines and is an important part of the Barossa Chateau and Lyndoch Hill. Enjoy the property, set on 25 stunning acres including accommodation and restaurant with an extensive rose garden of 30,000 roses, or browse the world class antique and art collections while you are here.
Schild Estate Winery is located in Lyndoch in the southern region of the Barossa Valley. The Valley of Hope cellar door is open for tastings from Friday through to Sunday where wines can be enjoyed in the tasting room. Experienced and friendly staff are available to serve you a selection of wines that are exclusive to the cellar door. Relax and enjoy stories shared by the winemakers of the Schild family that are always nearby.
Two Hands pride themselves in ‘offering guests an experience like no other’ with their unique cellar door and vineyard experiences. You can enjoy a relaxed guided tasting from their knowledgeable friendly team for a small fee whilst enjoying the views from the tasting deck or courtyard. The vineyard experience is your opportunity to see firsthand, the winemaking process. A must on your day to the Barossa.
The Wolf Blass Visitor Centre is located on the Sturt Highway in Nuriootpa and your trip to the Barossa would not be complete without a visit here. The Wolf Blass Cellar Door is housed in a large contemporary modern building with an extensive selection of quality award-winning wine. The centre also has a purpose-built function room to cater for large events and provides the ultimate in regional hospitality.
Saltram Wine Estate is situated on a 45-hectare vineyard where the main winery and cellar door are completely surrounded by the views of the vines. With the vineyard spread across the warmer valley floor and over the cooler hills of the Eden Valley, the many varieties of wines produced are truly unique in flavor. Visit their cellar door which is open daily for tastings as well as an Underground Cellar Tasting Tour.
With such a diverse range of Barossa Valley Wineries that have truly unique cellar door experiences, you’re sure to find a few that suit your tastes, budget and group size. Immerse yourself in the culture of artisan, hand crafted wines that are exclusive to cellar doors and explore the bigger branded names that call the Barossa Valley home during your next trip.
Introducing Victoria McClurg, business owner, artisan cheesemaker and winemaker, wow! Victoria started the Barossa Valley Cheese Company in 2003 and is known for creating not only delicious cheeses but turning a cheese tasting into a ‘foodies dream’ experience that is paired with tea, gin, wine, cider and beer. Certainly a must visit destination.
I had pleasure recently of being hosted for a visit at Strathlyn Estate Bed and Breakfast by owner Heather Anderson. What a lovely morning that turned out to be at such a beautiful establishment with vineyard views. It was a delight to interview her as the first Meet Our Business Owners article for VisitBarossa.com.au
With over 90 Cellar Doors to choose from it really is quite difficult to list the Best Barossa Valley Wineries, because there are just simply too many. The choice can be somewhat overwhelming and to be truthful they are all worth visiting and are unique in their own way. Enjoy my selection of listed wineries that I encourage you to visit.
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