While South Australia is undoubtedly the country’s most prominent wine growing state, Barossa Valley is its most treasured region – renowned for its picturesque countryside, welcoming wineries and premium vintages.
It was Barossa that first brought Australian wines to the attention of international audiences with the country’s signature Shiraz (known as Syrah elsewhere) in the 1980s – although the region’s wine resume now also includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Semillon as well as Grenache and Mourverde used in classic GSM blends.
There are over 150 wine estates in the ‘Barossa Zone’, which also incorporates neighbouring Eden Valley renowned for its cool climate Riesling, ranging from international exporters such as Penfolds, Wolf Blass and Jacob’s Creek to small, boutique estates handcrafting premium artisan wines.
Here is Wine Paths guide to the five best wineries in Barossa Valley:
As one of Australia’s most iconic wine estates, the Seppeltsfield Vineyard has been managed under the same family name since its inception in 1851 and is considered by some as the best winery in Barossa Valley.The estate is known for its 100-year-old Para Tawny wine, which was conceived in 1878 after Benno Seppeltsfield decided to honour his father’s death on the completion of their cellar by storing a barrel of finest vintage for no less than a century. It is a tradition that has continued every year since as part of a legacy that can be seen in the ‘Centennial Cellar’.
Although Jacob’s Creek, named after the creek that runs through the Barossa Ranges, is revered as one of the best wineries in Barossa, its history of wine making only dates back to 1976.Internationally recognised for its quality contemporary wine styles with great varietal expression, the award-winning winery has collected accolades for Best Major Tourism Attraction, Best Tourism Winery and Best Tourism Restaurant over the years.
Also among the best wineries in the Barossa Zone, is the historic Yalumba – which is settled on the more elevated terraces of the nearby Eden Valley where many of Australia’s finest cool climate wines are conceived.Yalumba is the only winery in the southern hemisphere to have its own on-site Cooperage, where barrels are hand crafted from oak to give their wines even more character. The grounds surrounding the beautiful Wine Room are carefully manicured for an idyllic wine tasting setting.
Celebrated for the finesse and elegance of its red wines, St Hugo is one of the best wineries to visit in Barossa, especially for culture enthusiasts interested in the history of the area.The estate’s 1990 Cabernet Sauvignon vintage has been hailed as one of Australia’s foremost red wines. In 2016, a new milestone was marked with the opening of the St Hugo home – allowing visitors to explore the heritage of the restored ironstone building, featuring an underground tasting room, fine dining restaurant and luxurious lounge.
Named the 2015 James Halliday Winery of the Year, the Hentley Farm Estate is on the threshold of leading the way among top Barossa wineries in terms of cellar door hospitality and innovative gastronomy.
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