The Barossa Valley is one of Australia's greatest assets – a world class wine region a stone's throw away from the city, with gorgeous cellar doors to sample both a drop or two and some of the fantastic produce.
Hentley Farm is really something special – the restored 1840s building and the fine dining restaurant are set on the banks of the Greenock Creek. The cellar door has four tasting areas, one of which is filled with art by local artist Greg Donovan for you to admire as you sip, as well as a private dining room for members, a gorgeous space that seats 12 people.
If you have limited time and are looking for some gifts to take home, Taste Eden Valley offers an overview of the region. The historic cellar offers daily comparative tastings from ever-changing producers including Henshcke, Dandelion Vineyards, Hotton Vale, Radford, Poonawatta Estate.
For those in the know, Damien Tscharke is the young wine maker to watch in the Barossa. Making shiraz, tempranillo, graciano, montepulciano and other varitals in traditionalist method, the Bavarian-style tasting room and a sunny courtyard is intimate and approachable.
If you want tradition and history, Yalumba should be at the top of your list. It is the oldest family-owned winery in Australia, founded in 1849. The cellar door is as beautiful as the vineyards, with an open fire in winter in one of the original stone buildings where you can taste Viognier, shiraz, Grenache or some emerging styles such as Marsanne, Tempranillo and Sangiovese Rose.
One of the most exciting wineries in the region, Two Hands are doing something a little different with their cellar door experience. Pay $5 and you will get a structured wine tutorial where winemakers take the time to talk you through the wines. Housed in a beautiful 19th century cottage, make sure to try one of the delicious pizzas on the back deck after your tasting.
Are you more of an ‘off the beaten track' type when it comes to your taste in wine? The smaller vineyards can't always support a cellar door so Artisans of the Barossa had the brilliant idea of combining seven of the smallest producers to showcase their wines. The cellar door has a stunning view of the surrounding vineyards and valleys.
The Cellar Door is housed in a wonderful old building dating back to 1847, which was formerly the old Schulz family butcher's shop. Try a traditional tasting or take part in a Master class tasting ($30pp), a retrospective including rare and back vintage wines as well as a Barossa Valley Cheese Company Tasting Plate.
If you are close to popping the question to your other half, this would be a pretty special place to do it. VIP touring and tastings on appointment only, you will get a private tour of one of Australia's most famous single vineyard with the beautiful church in the background.
If you need a place to stay overnight, Charlie Melton and Virginia Weckert have converted the 1864 church at the front of their vineyard into a charming bed and breakfast with a large kitchen full of local, gourmet provisions. Try a private tasting for groups up to 20, the GSM and Brut Peche are something special.
Drive along a palm-lined road and a stunning sight will be waiting to meet you – historic winery building and lush gardens as well as a 100 year old barrel cellar. Seppetsfield is the largest producer of Fortified wines, ask nicely and they will let you taste a port from your birth year.