Barossa Valley

barossa valley

There’s a new advertisement that springs more life into the Barossa Valley. The slogan is ‘be consumed’, and its truly a gift for the senses. The ad shows country living, beautiful fresh food, home-grown vegetables and stormy skies. Every fantastic image you would want to see in a successive collage appears in this ad, and I can’t stop myself from watching it continuously. (It’s down the bottom if you can’t wait!)

The Barossa Valley has always been renowned for its wine-filled, food-producing feast for the tastebuds, and it hasn’t shown any signs of slowing. Tourists seeking “a taste of the good life” travel to Barossa Valley, to be greeted by picturesque rolling hills, regional produce and acclaimed wines. The official Barossa site describes the valley as a recipe book, with a host of ingredients making up the final product. Each time you sample the flavours of the Barossa Valley, you’re forced to reconsider your opinions of this beautiful wonderland.

The choice of restaurants, wineries and local events is endless, so planning your trip can be useful. Keep your plans flexible, however, in case something even more exciting comes up. There are a number of self-guided tours found on the website that allow you to meander through the Barossa Valley. The heritage walks, museums and tourist drives allow for a far more relaxed exploration of the valley and the pieces that make it what it is today. The Butcher, Baker, Winemaker Trail sounds especially tantalising, with access to delicious foods and heady wines.

There is a nifty feature on the Barossa Valley website that hands you the reigns in crafting your own journey. The Trip Planner allows you to add up to nine attractions to your itinerary, then prints out all the necessary details in pdf form.

barossa valley

But of course the food and wine attractions take the cake when it comes to the appeal of the Barossa Valley. The many exciting things to do include a visit to Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop, where tastings and sales of seasonal produce are offered. There are beautiful country views, cooking demonstrations and a selection of meals to peruse for lunch. The Barossa Farmer’s Market is a Saturday favourite, starting at 7.30am and running until 11.30am. It’s here that you’ll find a market full of local breads, cheese, meat, fruit, vegetables, oils and preserves. Irvine Wines is one of the featured wineries in the Barossa, set in the peaceful Eden Valley. Classic wines such as Pinot Gris, Merlot and Meslier give this niche wine market a unique ambience, and the Irvine family are more than happy to invite you into their little touch of paradise.

The Barossa Valley gives South Australia a wonderful attraction that appeals to many. The tastes, smells and sights of the valley invite you in to explore their surrounds, leaving you wanting more. But back to the advertisement. It tells the story far better than any words ever could. Hit the play button, turn up the volume, and enjoy the next two minutes in Barossa.

About Sam Oldfield

Growing up in Santa Cruz, California, I was a keen surfer and beach junkie from early on. My first overseas trip was to the Caribbean, and I've been chasing the summer sun ever since. I wrapped up my media degree at uni, and decided to move to Australia. The land downunder is full of beaches, babes and brilliant adventures. I'm just hitch-hiking my way around this sunny paradise, one travel blog at a time.
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