Taste Of South Australia: Barossa Valley
Barossa Valley is one of Australia’s most decorated wine-producing regions. After spending a day in this picturesque locale, I now understand the accolades. Only a short car ride for those staying in Adelaide hotels, the Barossa Valley is a gourmand’s heaven, not only are there over 100 vineyards, but the food is something akin to ambrosia.
In the morning, we were whisked off in a chauffeured vehicle, accompanied by our own sommelier, and headed down the scenic Barossa Valley Way. We choose to skip the morning wine tastings, and instead engaged in some extended retail therapy in the German town of Tanund.
After taking a few photographs and soaking in the vista, we continued on to a wine tasting at Yalumba Winery near the town of Angston. Yalumba is one of the oldest family-run wineries in the region and does an excellent job of maintaining an elegant, old-world feel. In fact, it’s one of the few wineries today that still employs on-site barrel craftsmen. The best part of Yalumba: the Octavius Shiraz. Yum.
Admittedly, I didn’t have high expectations for our side-trip. However, between the gorgeous views, fabulous wines, artisan shops and impressive eateries…the Barossa Valley managed to capture a piece of my wine-loving, souvenir-buying, gourmet-eating heart.