Winter Warming Weekend [2 days]
Pack your snuggliest scarf, your nattiest hat and a thick pair of socks – the Barossa in winter rewards the adventurous at heart and those who are prepared to take a relaxed pace, with hidden valleys, gourmet treats galore and the odd open fire place to toast your toes.
Slow down and warm up in the Barossa this winter.
Your first stop is the renowned Barossa Farmers Market. Being an undercover market means you can do your strolling and sampling without worrying about the vagaries of the weather. Wrap your hands arounds a Barossa Coffee Roasters latte (made with local milk as well) and take a wander through the aisles of fresh, local produce. Plan ahead for breakfast tomorrow by picking up some Dairyman’s bacon, free range eggs and some of Eleni’s famous ciabatta for a Barossa breakfast you won’t soon forget. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, it’s over to the Breakfast Bar for one of their world-famous Market Burgers, with all ingredients sourced from the stallholders. Add lashings of locally made chutney or relish and you’ve got your day off to a solid start! The Barossa Farmers Market holds as Barossa Trust Mark, so you're assured of an authentic Barossa experience.
Local’s tip: seek out Brian from Barossa Gourmet Confections – his chocolate freckles are the best!
(The Barossa Farmers Market is open Saturday morning 7.30 – 11.30am. If you’re visiting on another day, head to casacarboni in Angaston for Matteo’s wonderful breakfast bruschetta and a great coffee).
Once you’ve taken your fill of the Farmers Market, take a short drive up the road to Yalumba, Australia’s oldest family owned winery which was established in 1849. The grand yet welcoming cellar door boasts an open fire to warm you up, and a truly all-encompassing range of wines to sample. Make sure you try their Viognier; don’t be tempted to skip past it because it’s a white and it’s a little chilly outside. Viognier has a beautiful, floral, apricot aroma and a lovely, silky texture that makes a perfect white to enjoy during the cooler months.
Now it’s time for a corner of the Barossa that not everyone sees. By taking the long way around between Angaston and Tanunda, via Eden Valley, you’ll discover some of the most beautiful scenery in the Barossa which is easily missed on a quick jaunt down the main highways. Green hills and gullies are dotted with lambs in various shades of white (depending on how long it’s been since they had a shower!), slow chewing cows and the odd kangaroo, while low hanging mists mean you can come around a corner and suddenly find yourself in a winter wonderland.
Local’s tip: a stop in at the Eden Valley Hotel front bar for a portergaff is a step back in time and real slice of the Barossa you won’t see on TV.
While in Eden Valley, stop in at Fernfield Wines. Scott and Rebecca Barr are the proud owners of this beautiful, tiny cellar door, originally built in 1856. Toast your toes by the fire, and work your way through their range of cooler climate, high altitude wines. They also offer local produce platters – perfect for a light lunch – and a chocolate pairing experience for dessert, featuring Artisan chocolates produced on-site.
(Fernfield Wines’ Cellar door is open 11am – 4pm Friday to Monday. If you’re visiting outside these times, head to Taste Eden Valley for a great overview of the Eden Valley high country’s wines and a gourmet platter of locally sourced produce for your light lunch).
Now it’s time to check in to your accommodation. The Barossa has a wonderful array of options for your home away from home. Some suggestions with open fire places and particularly cosy atmospheres are listed below. For a full list of all accommodation options, click here.
Once you’ve settled yourself in to your chosen accommodation, it’s off to dinner. There’s a good reason that Vintners Bar and Grill is one of the most beloved restaurants in the Barossa among locals and visitors alike. Sit back and enjoy the huge open fire place and let Rami, Pete and the team take care of you. With a winter menu featuring five spice duck, Parmesan crusted lamb rack and ricotta ravioli, and one of the best wine lists in the Barossa, you’ll be warmed from the inside as well!
Local’s tip: ask Rami to book you a cab ahead of time so you can relax into another glass of wine and know that you’ll be delivered safely home.
Have a lazy start to the day with your breakfast provisions from the Farmers Market, or if you’re feeling energetic, head in to Darling’s Café in Tanunda for a hearty breakfast of their Boston Baked Beans – the perfect way to fire you up!
We’re starting the day at Langmeil, proud custodians of the some of the oldest vines in the Barossa in their Freedom 1843 Shiraz vineyard. Park yourself in front of their open fire place and let Jonathon, Tracey and the team guide you through their wines on offer – they pride themselves on making sure their visitors feel like part of the family so allow enough time for a yarn or two. Tours of their Freedom 1843 Vineyard are held most days – book ahead to confirm availability and then take a moment to tune into the idea that you’re standing amongst vines that were planted fifty years before electricity was in its infancy in South Australia. Make sure you try their Valley Floor Shiraz, a proud holder of Barossa Trust Mark.
Just down the road is Peter Lehmann Wines – another marquee name of the Barossa wine industry. Their cellar door boasts a warm, welcoming open fire (are you beginning to see a theme here?!) and a raft of passionate staff who will guide you through their portfolio. Take a moment to wander through their gallery space, with evocative works by local artists including Rod Schubert.
And now it’s time for lunch. A short drive will bring you to 1918 where you’ll be greeted by another open fire place and an even warmer welcome from Sid, Tanya and their team. Their “Taste of the Barossa” menu is a meander through some of the Barossa’s best produce, paired (or not, as you like) with local wines. Either way, make sure you end with a little glass of Tawney Port and spend a few moments gazing into the fire (or each other’s eyes…).
Two last stops beckon after lunch, depending on which way you’re planning to leave the Barossa. If you’re heading north towards the Northern Expressway, call in to Pindarie Wines Trust Mark. They boast unparalleled views of the Barossa Ranges, a smattering of comfy couches in front of a roaring fire, beautiful old stone buildings and wonderful staff. Sample their wines, savour a coffee and a little sweet treat, or just take a bit of time to relax and soak in the atmosphere.
Pindarie Wines' Cellar Door has been awarded a Barossa Trust Mark so you know you'll be enjoying a real slice of the Barossa.
Alternatively if you’re heading South via the Adelaide Hills, stop in at Kellermeister, also proud holders of a Barossa Trust Mark for their Cellar Door. Their beautiful mud brick cellar door is kept toasty warm in winter thanks to their open fire and they also offer another incredible vista from their front lawn. If you’ve had your fill of wine over the last two days, refresh your palate with their award-winning Boots Cider. Kellermeister host regular events at the Cellar Door, so make sure you check out our Events Calendar to see if there's something coming up that tickles your fancy.
A final tip for those who are south bound – an essential stop on the way home is Bar 41 in Williamstown. A fantastic little café with a wonderful menu, great coffee and the Barossa’s best (perhaps only, but still incredible) Persian Love Cake. Round out your Barossa experience with a slice of this and one of Marco’s coffees and you’re guaranteed to leave on a high.
Winter is a wonderful time to visit the Barossa. The backdrop provided by the rolling green hills of the Barossa Ranges gives way to cosy cellar doors, intimate dining, roaring fires and a chance to really slow down and rejuvenate. Enjoy your time, and we’ll look forward to welcoming you back in Spring!