Barossa Valley is only an hour from Adelaide, and home to some of Australia’s best vineyards. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or simply a lover of fine wines, a trip to Barossa Valley is both educational and enjoyable. The following are a selection of the most renowned wineries in the region, and there are many guided tours that make a stop at a number of these popular wineries. Whether you choose a tour or choose to guide yourself through the many wineries, these are a few of the must-visit vineyards!
1. Penfolds Cellar Door
Penfolds is located in the heart of the Barossa Valley and is known as one of the top wine companies in the world as far as quality, consistency, and range goes. Built in 1911, this site became the focal point of Penfolds winemaking in the 1970s as more fruit was sourced from the Barossa Valley and its surrounds.
Here you will be able to discover the philosophy and spirit behind Australia’s greatest wines. It’s the best place to taste the growing range of wines that are often hard to source anywhere else, and the Penfolds cellar is one of the best places to enjoy a one-hour tasting of the legendary Grange wines and other icons from the brand.
The Penfolds Barossa Valley winery contributes fruit to some of their most iconic wines from Grange to Bin 289 Cabernet Shiraz, Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz, and the sub-region expression of Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz.
2. Peter Lehmann Wines
Peter Lehmann Wines is a must for anyone travelling through the Barossa Valley region, an old stone winery building that dates back to the 1880s. The cellar door offers tastings of more than 40 wines from Lehmann’s knowledgable staff, and this legendary winery is considered by many to have done more for the name of Barossa wine than any other.
The Barossa Valley area is all about the slow, good life, with warm, relaxed afternoons spent watching the world go by. This is the epitome of Peter Lehmann Wines, and if you visit in the late afternoons, you get the beautiful vineyards to yourself, as well as the incredible hospitality of the hosts.
The cheese, meats, and signatures wines are all to die for, and this is one winery that shouldn’t be missed!
3. Henschke Wines
Established in 1868, Henschke is a sixth generation family winery with over 145 years of grape growing and winemaking experience. Stephen and Prue Henschke, the fifth generation of the Henschke winemaking family are working towards sustainability in their vineyards using organic and biodynamic principles such as working with the natural cycles of the land and finding natural alternatives to standard fertilisers and pesticides.
Offering an intimate tasting room, stand-out staff, and a beautiful vineyard setting, this is another winery that definitely needs to be added to the list. At the cellar door, you can purchase and sample a range of their famous wines from the Barossa Valley, Eden Valley, and Lenswood. Although the tasting room is small, everyone is welcome to enjoy the wines of this amazing Australian icon.
4. Seppeltsfield Wines
You can’t miss the entrance of Seppeltsfield Winery in Barossa Valley, as it is lined by dozens of massive palm trees, giving an imposing and iconic welcome. It is another of Australia’s oldest wineries and is actually a fully self-contained, heritage-listed wine village.
Established for more than 160 years, this winery has produced over 24,000 barrels of wine and it grounds feature 250 acres of vineyards, historic wine buildings and spectacular gardens. The main attraction at Seppeltfield Winery is the staff, renowned for their friendliness and happiness to chat about what they do and what makes their estate so effective in producing these unique wines.
For a small fee, you can get a multi-course tasting menu to have alongside your wines, enhancing a truly laid back, elegant feel to the whole day. You can also enjoy guided tours, and learn about the winery’s history and operation, as well as the art of barrel-making.
5. St Hallett Wines
Established in 1944 (in an old slaughterhouse), Bill Lindner broke the family tradition of butchering to move into commercial winemaking. Their initial focus was on the production of fortified wines, however the success and quality of the first vintage of Old Block Shiraz (their signature wine) in 1980 led to a shift towards premium table wines.
A brand new building has been created for tastings and is made from materials from the old cellar door and sourced from demolished buildings around the Barossa region. The staff are known for being highly knowledgable about the St Hallett wines, and extremely warm and welcoming.
There is nothing better than spending a free day visiting a winery, and stepping out into a professional, well-loved vineyard is a magical way to spend your time. The Barossa Valley has a history and culture that stretches back over one hundred and sixty years, and is renowned for its family run wineries (many of which are now in their sixth generation of winemakers) and the quality of its produce.
Put your palate to the test and discover wines that you will love at these beautiful wineries at the Barossa Valley!