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Climate & Seasons – Barossa

Climate & Seasons

The Barossa heart has always been tuned to the turning of the seasons, and the modern Barossa community continues to keep a watchful eye on the moon, the harvest and the long-term forecast.

Each season is important to the food cycle, from growing to harvest to preservation – all in the fullness of time – with markers that reveal the rhythm of traditional family values and traditions.

Spring (September – November)

Sunny days with mild temperatures, providing great weather for outdoor activities.

Pack lighter clothing for the day and some warm clothing for the cool evenings. Local tip: be prepared to layer, as the mornings can still be quite crisp.

Average temperature range: daytime 17C-24C; nights 6C-10C

Mean number of rainy days: 18

What you might see

  • In early spring, budburst throughout vineyards moving out of winter dormancy.
  • Fruit trees covered in blossoms of pink, white and red.
  • In late spring, vines are fast growing, with bright green leaves and tendrils.
  • Canola flowering provides seas of yellow in paddocks.
  • Warming weather = long outdoor lunches.

Summer (December – February) 

Sunshine and warm to hot days! Balmy evenings are ideal for outdoor dining. 

Pack light clothing including short sleeved shirts, shorts, skirts and dresses. The sun can be very strong during the summer months, so hats and suncream are also helpful. Local tip: pack a pair of long pants and a sweater in case of a cool evening. 

 Average temperature range: daytime 26C-29C (with frequent hot days of 30C-36C); nights 12C-14C 

Mean number of rainy days: 8 

What you might see

  • Vines have a dense canopy of dark green protecting bunches of ripening grapes.
  • The paddocks change from green to golden, as cereal crops mature. Grain harvest generally takes place before Christmas. 
  • Orchards boast abundant stone fruits ripening. 
  • Grape harvest begins, with grapes being hand-picked, tractors and trucks transporting to wineries and grapes made into wine.
  • Angaston Show (Agricultural, Horticultural and Floriculture).
  • Celebration of the Declaration of Vintage. 

Autumn (March – May)

Mild but sunny, with evenings becoming colder. 

Pack light clothing during the day with warm clothes for the evening.

Local tip: even if the day has been warm to hot, once the sun goes down it will get chilly!

Average temperature range: daytime 17C-26C (with heat spikes); nights 7C-12C

Mean number of rainy days: 14

What you might see

  • Early in autumn the grape harvest continues. 
  • Orchards yield autumn favourites in abundance (quinces, figs, apples and pears). 
  • Field mushrooms popping up in paddocks throughout the region. 
  • Magnificent sunsets. 
  • With the first cold snap, leaves begin to turn to gold across the Barossa, the long awaited first rains fall and a green tinge appears across the Barossa ranges. 
  • Mid to late season, autumn leaves on the vines are a sight to behold. 
  • Tanunda Show (Agricultural, Horticultural and Floriculture). 
  • Biennial Barossa Vintage Festival.   

Winter (June – August)

Pack warm clothing, with extra layers, and a coat or jacket.

Local tip: enjoy Barossa hospitality in front of a cosy log fire to stay warm.

Average temperature range: daytime 12C-16C; nights 3C-6C

Mean number of rainy days: 29

What you might see

Woodfires taking the chill off homes, restaurants and cellar doors.
Dormant vineyards have lost their leaves for the winter, and are being pruned.
Ripe olives are harvested for oil or pickling.
Paddocks sown with cereal crops are bright green and wave in the wind.
Barossa Gourmet Weekend.



Annual temperatures & Rainfall