Australia’s most famous wine region was settled in 1839 by Lutheran peasants and English gentry. Vines were planted from the 1840s. There are now about 60 wineries, large and small and you can learn all about winemaking at the Barossa Wine Centre in Tanunda before tasting and buying.
The English chose the high lands around Angaston and Eden the Lutherans settled on the valley floor where they built imposing stone churches. The Barossa folk preserved their language and culture through religion, music, architecture, crafts. And food. German style yeast cakes, smoked meats, smallgoods and preserved fruits have developed into a distinct cuisine and thriving specialty food industry.
Pack your picnic basket with treats from local gourmet food outlets, butchers and bakeries.
You can discover traces of gold fever during a visit to the Barossa Goldfields and the Lyndoch Lavender Farm provides a peaceful retreat.
Make sure you drive the Barossa’s most memorable road: the long approach to Seppeltsfield Winery lined with mature date and fan palms.