THE INSIDERS BAROSSA VALLEY
ENJOY: The Barossa Valley, 60km northeast of Adelaide, is one of the world’s great wine-producing regions, with more than 150 wineries and 80 cellar doors. It’s a wonderland of wine tastings, great for a day trip or stay-over at one of the many accommodation spots. Expect to see the big names, such as Penfolds and Seppelt. But try, too, an amazing range of wines at Artisans of Barossa, home to six small winemakers — Hobbs of Barossa Ranges, John Duval Wines, Massena, Schwarz Wine Co, Sons of Eden and Spinifex. The property is set above the vineyards on the outskirts of Tanunda. Grab a glass of your favourite variety, order a plate from in-house eatery Harvest Kitchen and pull up a chair on the deck to watch the sun set over the western horizon; barossa.com; artisansofbarossa.com.
EAT: The Barossa also punches above its weight when it comes to dining; one of the latest additions to the scene is the stunning restaurant at the new home of St Hugo wines at Rowland Flat. With the inimitable and much-loved Mark McNamara crafting exquisite dishes that celebrate the best of the Barossa, it is already a “must do”; sthugo.com/restaurant.
SHOP: For food lovers, you can’t go past the Barossa Farmers Market at Angaston. Held every Saturday morning in the sheds behind iconic dining institution Vintners Bar & Grill, the market is a great opportunity to taste your way through the unique culinary culture of the Barossa. It promises “real food from the homes and farms” of the region. I love spectacular stone fruit in the summer months, but every season has its joys. In winter keep an eye out for new-season olive oil; barossafarmersmarket.com.au.
EXPLORE: The Bethany to Angaston Trail is a great way to spend a day (or two) discovering my little corner of the Barossa. The trail winds its way from the historic settlement of Bethany, home to the iconic Turkey Flat Vineyards and Bethany Wines, through the woods at Vine Vale and up over the hills into Angaston. In this rural village with a great heritage walk, call in at Barossa Valley Cheese Co for varieties made from cow’s and goat’s milk; Casa Carboni for a slice of Italy; and Australia’s oldest family-owned winery at Yalumba; bethanyangastontrail.com.
Sal Johnson is the sales and marketing manager of Artisans of Barossa. Originally trained as a chef, she has worked in the wine industry for the past 16 years in Australia and Britain, and has lived in the Barossa for six years. More: artisansofbarossa.com.