The Barossa Valley is one of Australia’s oldest and most famous wine regions. Located only an hour away from Adelaide’s CBD, the beautiful Barossa will enchant you with its gorgeous vine-grown hills, quaint country towns and wonderful local wineries. We caught up with talented local artist, Ben Lewis, who gave us an insider’s perspective on the best Barossa wineries for you to visit on your getaway.
1. Sieber Wines
Set in stunning gardens with sweeping valley views, Sieber Wines is a winner on all fronts. Well known Barossa personality and owner, Val Sieber, delivers a wonderfully personal experience and a laugh that will brighten your day. This winery is definitely a must visit, just remember to leave plenty of space in your bags because you won’t want to leave without taking some of their beautiful wines home with you.
2. Bethany Wines
Built in an old quarry and boasting gardens with hand-crafted local sculptures and spectacular views, this little cellar door is easy to miss but impossible to forget. Flip a coin as you can’t really go wrong with any of the Bethany wines – in fact, their white fortified wine alone is worth the visit.
3. Tscharke’s Place
If you want to try some of the Barossa’s unadvertised vegan-friendly masterpieces then Tscharke’s is definitely for you. No expense has been spared as owner Damian has created his vision. The cellar under the main service area is a must-see, having been built around the giant locally sourced slab table. The Distinction Shiraz and the Eva are not to be missed.
4. Gomersal Wines
Nestled on a back road in the heart of the Barossa and with an authentic Australian feel is Gomersal Wines. The modern open plan cellar door features corrugated iron and original art pieces that add to the country warmth and ambience. Give some love to the friendly cellar door dogs as you enjoy their traditional Barossa wines.
5. Hentley Farm
Hentley Farm produces brilliant wines that really showcase the difference between those aged in French or American oak. The Beauty Shiraz & its partner, The Beast, are both worth trying here – or take home a Beauty & the Beast pack if you like them both! The food at Hentley Farm is also highly recommended if you want to experience the very best of local produce.
6. Rockford Wines
Utilising the original buildings and rustic setting to perfection, the cellar door at Rockford Wines is set in an old outbuilding that really showcases how the area once looked. Dusting above the beam line in the building is strictly forbidden which is another thing that adds to the originality & authenticity of this tasting experience (oh, and the wines are pretty good too!)
7. Jacobs Creek
Jacobs Creek Visitor Centre is perfect for those looking for a family-friendly option with plenty of activities and large grassed areas for the kids to run around on. Here you’ll find a great selection of wine catering to all tastes and budgets or, if you like, you can even book a personal blending experience to create a wine blend based on your own tastes.
This list has been curated by local Barossa artist Ben Lewis of Naughty Dog Designs. When he’s not drinking beautiful Barossa wine, Ben creates incredible one-of-a-kind sculptures, artworks & furniture using sustainable, reclaimed materials – giving forgotten things new life!
Credit: Tourism Australia, Pernod Ricard Winemakers & Nick Rains