Just a short drive from Adelaide, there exists a bounty of culinary curiosities to keep you sated amidst vineyard-blanketed hills. Barossa Valley culinary excursions balance fresh foods, vintage wines, and plenty of laid back sun-basking.
The Barossa Valley is an ideal corner of Australia where epicurean culture is celebrated and savored. With Ker & Downey, you can wind your way through the villages and wineries in a vintage car or soar high above in a hot air balloon to get a bird’s eye view of the rows upon rows of vineyards, sometimes visited by kangaroos. Settled by German immigrants in the 19th century, the sixth generation of these grape-growing families are still producing some of Australia’s most popular wines. It’s a foodie destination that can’t be missed.
Take a tour of the historic Seppeltsfield estate, one of the oldest wineries in the country. Founded in 1851, it is known for its Para Tawny: the world’s only unbroken collection spanning 120 years. Experience tastings with a timeline as your guide; you can even create your own custom flight around anniversaries and birth dates from your own personal history.
Two Hands Wines
Jump into a Land Rover and head out to the Two Hands Wines’ vineyards to see the actively cultivated blocks. Unwind with a glass of Semillon on the superbly-situated decks that blend seamlessly into the natural surroundings. It feels like home here; Rhodesian Ridgebacks Daisy and Saffy frequently lounge in front of the fireplace and the tasting room is small and cozy.
Sample wines produced from the world’s oldest surviving Shiraz vines, dating back to 1842. In the tasting room, you’ll also hear stories about the German family that founded this quaint and quiet place. Even if you don’t drink wine, you will enjoy the history and tranquil setting.
Browse the shops at the JamFactory, an 1850s stable converted into a hub for local artists and craftspeople to create, exhibit, and sell their creations.
Snap postcard-worthy pictures and enjoy visions of a bygone era in this village. The towering white steeple of the town’s Lutheran church is a striking contrast against the blue sky and green fields. You can also listen as the century-old Maranga Brass Band belts out a tune during a practice session.
Stroll along the main street and pop into little cheese shops, cafes, bakeries, and wine shops. On Saturday mornings the town hosts the Barossa Farmer’s Market, brimming with over 50 vendors selling the best of the area’s seasonal dairy and produce.
Lyndoch Lavender Farm
Near Angaston, breathe in the heady scent of the 90 varieties of lavender. Butterflies make up the majority of the population here, fluttering happily among the flowers.
Stay in one of the 15 luxury suites at this intimate and entirely relaxing property. Freshly baked bread and food prepared from produce plucked from its garden is on the menu at the Appellation Restaurant, and paired with perfect local Grenache.
Our exclusive South Australia Explorer journey is the perfect blend of history, wildlife, and delicious culinary diversions. To customize your own journey to Australia, contact the Ker & Downey luxury travel experts.