For every visitor to South Australia, a wine tour to one of the regions close to Adelaide is an absolute must. The world class wines made in South Australia’s wine regions offer the perfect opportunity for.a great day out, or spend a whole weekend in the area. Here are a variety of Barossa Valley wine tours for you to enjoy.
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- 1 About the Barossa Valley
- 2 Ten Barossa Valley Wine Tours
- 2.1 Barossa Valley Wine Tour From Adelaide
- 2.2 Small Group Tour with Lunch from Adelaide
- 2.3 Wine Tour Starting in the Barossa Valley
- 2.4 Half Day Wine Tour for Two
- 2.5 Barossa Valley by Convertible
- 2.6 Barossa Valley Hop On Hop Off Tour
- 2.7 E-Bike Winery Tour with Lunch
- 2.8 Wine Tasting and Maggie Beer Tour
- 2.9 Tipple of Gin Experience
- 2.10 Private Chauffeured Winery Tour
About the Barossa Valley
Located about an hour north of Adelaide, the Barossa Valley is one of the closest of South Australia’s eighteen wine regions. The neighbouring Eden Valley is often included when talking about the Barossa Valley, even though it is a seperate region in its own right. The Barossa is best known for its world class Shiraz wines, but there are many more wine varieties found here too. Look out for Chardonnay, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon, and all sorts of other varieties that the winemakers are experimenting with.
The Barossa was originally settled by German immigrants and the whole area still has a distinct German flavour to it today, from the names of the towns to the many Lutheran churches, some of the food and local produce, and even the traditional sport of Kegel. It’s a popular weekend getaway location for Adelaide locals, interstate and international visitors, with a lot to do and see. Read about all the things to do in the Barossa that aren’t wine tasting here.
Ten Barossa Valley Wine Tours
Even with all the other great things to do in the Barossa Valley, by far the most popular reason for visiting is the wine tasting. There are a huge variety of tours available from both Adelaide and your Barossa Valley accommodation. Here are some of the best available to suit all budgets and interests.
Barossa Valley Wine Tour From Adelaide
This tour is your basic wine tour from Adelaide. You will travel by bus and visit around four wineries while also stopping off at some points of interest as you travel around. At the wineries, you will hear the stories of the wines and learning about winemaking in the Barossa Valley. A platter of local produce is provided for lunch at the popular Peter Lehmann cellar door.
This tour is perfect for groups that want a planned tour visiting popular wineries at a good price.
Small Group Tour with Lunch from Adelaide
This small group wine tour will have a maximum of ten people and will leave from Adelaide or Glenelg before making its way to the Barossa Valley. Spend the day visiting around four cellar doors to sample all the favourite Barossa wine varieties, and a few surprising newbies. A two course lunch, with a glass of wine, is included.
Wine Tour Starting in the Barossa Valley
This wine tours starts with pick up from your Barossa Valley accommodation. During the day you will visit around four wineries, Maggie Beers Farm Shop and the Barossa Valley Cheese Company, and taste all the great produce from each location. A platter lunch at Chateau Tanunda is included in the tour.
Half Day Wine Tour for Two
If you are in the Barossa and you only have half a day to do some wine tasting, there are some great options for you. This one is a little different, and oh so much fun. This three and a half hour tour is done by trike! Enjoy riding around the Barossa with the wind in your hair and a great guide who speaks to you through headsets all about the Barossa, the wine industry and other things you might pass by. The exact itinerary can be customised to suit your exact interests
Barossa Valley by Convertible
You could choose to do a Barossa Valley wine tour in the standard coach or mini-bus the way everyone else does – or you could instead choose to get around the area in a classic 1966 Mustang Convertible. That sounds like much more fun to me! This half day tour leaving from your Barossa Valley accommodation is the perfect way to enjoy the wind in your hair and the sun on your face. It’s a private tour so the itinerary is flexible and can be built with your preferences in mind.
Barossa Valley Hop On Hop Off Tour
This is perfect for those on a budget or those who want to have flexibility in how long they spend at particular cellar doors. The hop on hop off bus leaves from the Adelaide city centre at 9:30am and returns at around 5pm. Once you reach the Barossa Valley, the bus loops around ten to twelve different wineries, each loop taking approximately one hour. Guests can get on and off as many times as they would like during the day.
E-Bike Winery Tour with Lunch
Want to wear off some of those wine calories between cellar doors? Or just want to enjoy a slower pace and some incredible views during your? Then an E-Bike tour is for you. This tour starts at Novotel Barossa Valley and over the course of the day you will ride past, or stop at, up to ten different wineries. The tour includes a 2-course lunch in the town of Tanunda. There will be a maximum of six people on the tour to keep it small and personal.
Wine Tasting and Maggie Beer Tour
Spend a full day visiting four or five wineries before stopping in to Maggie Beer’s Farmshop to pick up some delicious local Barossa Valley Produce. My favourite is still Maggie’s wonderful quince paste, but she also does some really nice ice creams and cakes for an afternoon snack. This affordable tour leaves from Adelaide or Glenelg, or pickups can be done in the Barossa itself. There are a maximum of 13 people, and travel is in a minibus.
Tipple of Gin Experience
Along with dozens of great wineries, the Barossa Valley is home to some really good distilleries too. This wine tour visits a handful of wineries throughout the area and then finishes off the tour with a visit to one of the distilleries for a taste of the local gin too. I highly recommend the Shiraz gins they produce – the best of both worlds! Pick ups for this too is from your Barossa Valley accommodation.
Private Chauffeured Winery Tour
Want your own private tour? Enjoy a day touring around the Barossa Valley in a luxury car without worrying about the time frame of others. This chauffeured tour can pick you up from multiple locations in Adelaide, including the airport or cruise port or from your accommodation in the Barossa Valley. The itinerary is planned loosely, but there is plenty of room to include your own preferences and interests.
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Josie Kelsh is South Australian, born and bred. She has lived in the state for almost her whole life, just one short stint away as a teenager with her family. Travelling all over the world has shown her exactly how amazing South Australia is to live and travel in and she uses her passion to show it to you the way a local sees it.