Dreaming of wine country? Australia has a lot of great choices when it comes to grape country but one of the most loved wine regions surely has to be the mighty Barossa Valley, only a 50-minute drive north east of Adelaide. South Australia local and Flight Centre Australia Travel Expert Carolyn shares her top recommendations for food, wine and fun in the Barossa Valley!
Alkina Cellar Door
Newly opened, Alkina is one of the smaller cellar doors around the Barossa. There are so many to uncover when you get off the main tourist route. Alkina serves up wine flights, gourmet grazing platters and luxury accommodation.
Barossa Farmers Market
Grab a coffee and breakfast before browsing through the Barossa Farmers Market. Pick up local vegetables, fruit, meats, breads and cheeses. Plus there’s a bounty of quality olive oils, preserves, pastries, cakes, sweet treats, drinks and other local specialities to stock up on for your Barossa break! This bustling and cosy market is the perfect place to meet the locals and talk about everything food and drinks! Open Saturdays from 7.30am to 11.30am.
Seppeltsfield Road Distillers
Take some time to relax at this award-winning gin distillery, where you can sit out on the open deck along the picturesque Seppeltsfield Road sampling handcrafted flights of gin, cocktails and perfectly paired platters.
Three75 bar + kitchen @ The Louise
One of the most recent additions to the famous The Louise luxury accommodation and renowned Appellation restaurant at Marananga Barossa Valley is the Three75 bar + kitchen. Dig into mouth-watering comfort food including legendary burgers in a chilled out bar setting, it’s a great space to relax overlooking the picturesque Barossa vineyards.
Barossa Bowland & Mini Golf
The whole family will love this fun centre with ten pin bowling - 12 lanes replete with glow in the dark lightning and dinosaur themed mini golf - what a combo! Chillout in the relaxed licensed outdoor area, and if you’re hungry, dig into a yummy wood-fired pizza. Barossa Bowland has been a family favourite for many years and will be for many more to come!
The Barossa Trail
A 13km sealed track from Tanunda to Angaston following the old railway line, the Barossa Trail is a must! For cyclists and walkers this trail takes in the vineyards of the Barossa. Plus you get to finish in Angaston at the recently added Barossa Adventure Station where there is a mountain bike loop, skate ramp and picnic areas.
Barossa Valley Chocolate Company
Want to have the traditional wine tasting experience in the Barossa? How about pairing it with chocolate? Winning combination! Watch as chocolatiers carefully craft over 250 varieties of chocolate. Enjoy chocolate in every form (the hot chocolate is a must!) and balance out that sweet tooth with a delightful meal made from locally sourced produce enjoyed on the dining deck overlooking vineyards and water.
This unique Colombian restaurant operates out of a former 19th century General Store in Greenock, one of the smaller towns surrounding the Barossa. Dishing up a tasty South American twist on Barossa produce in authentic surroundings, El estanco is a locals' favourite. It's open for breakfast and lunch, and on Friday nights you can kick off the weekend at their Friday Fiestas with wood fired pizzas and local wines.
This blog was originally written by Carolyn Barton for Flight Centre Australia.