5 Barossa Wineries Where You Can Taste a Top Drop
5 Barossa Wineries Where You Can Taste a Top Drop

5 Barossa Wineries Where You Can Taste a Top Drop

As you may have guessed from my recent stories on the Barossa Valley I love South Australian wines. Mr GG and I make a point of booking a Gourmet Getaway to Adelaide periodically to explore this region. In the past we have booked an Adelaide hotel and taken side trips to the beautiful Barossa Valley.

Barossa Valley Logo

Barossa Valley Logo

The Barossa is only an hour from Adelaide, it’s such a picturesque valley and a foodies delight. Most noteably it’s home to some of Australia’s best vineyards, such as Penfolds and Peter Lehmann, as well as many smaller, independent wine makers and award-winning vineyards. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or simply a lover of fine wines a trip to the Barossa Valley is both educational and enjoyable.

Grant Burge Sparkling Blanc de Noirs

Grant Burge Sparkling Blanc de Noirs

I have already written about my delightful experiences sampling Grant Burge Wines and the Schilds Estate range so today I wanted to share another of my top five Barossa Valley vineyards.

St Halletts Vineyard - Grape Image

St Halletts Vineyard – Grape Image

Top 5 Vineyards in the Barossa Valley


Penfolds Bin 407

Penfolds Bin 407

Known as one of the top wine companies in the world as far as quality, consistency and range goes, Penfolds Wines offers reds that are recognised worldwide and whites that are now catching up in popularity. A senior in the Barossa market, Penfolds has been producing a wide variety of wines since 1844 and indisputably led the development of fine Australian vintages. The Penfolds cellar door is in the heart of the Barossa Valley and is known for its friendly and knowledgeable staff. It’s the best place to taste a growing range of Cellar Reserve wines that are often hard to source anywhere else, and the Penfolds cellar is the only spot to enjoy a one-hour tasting of the legendary Grange wines and other icons from the brand. Apart from its award-winning wines, the Barossa Valley vineyard also boasts the southern hemisphere’s largest, premium red-wine-barrel hall.

Peter Lehmann Wines

Peter Lehmann Cellar Door Barossa

Peter Lehmann Cellar Door Barossa

A winner of eight awards in the recent Barossa Living Autumn Edition 2013 “Best of the Barossa, Top 100 Wines” contest, Peter Lehmann Wines is a must for anyone travelling to the region. This legendary winery is considered by many to have done more for the name of Barossa wine than any other. An old stone winery building that dates back to the 1880s, the cellar door offers tastings of more than 40 wines from Lehmann’s knowledgeable staff. While you’re visiting the vineyard you can take advantage of a private tasting (pre-arranged) or sample some local produce at the on-site cafe.


Henschke Vineyard Barossa

Henschke Vineyard Barossa

Offering an intimate tasting room, stand-out staff and a beautiful vineyard setting, the Henschke cellar door is another winery that needs to be added to a Barossa Valley itinerary. At the cellar door you can sample and purchase a range of Henschke wines from the Barossa Valley, Eden Valley and Lenswood. Admirably, the vineyard’s winemakers Stephen and Prue Henschke (from a fifth-generation winemaking family) are working toward sustainability in their vineyards. The couple uses organic and biodynamic principles such as working with the natural cycles of the land and finding natural alternatives to standard fertilisers and pesticides.


Seppeltsfield is another one of Australia’s oldest wineries and is actually a fully self-contained, heritage-listed wine village. Established for more than 160 years, this mainstay has produced over 24,000 barrels of wine and its grounds feature 250 acres of vineyards, historic wine buildings and spectacular gardens. Visitors to Seppeltsfield can enjoy guided tours and learn about the winery’s history and operation, as well as the art of barrel making. While at the cellar door, tourists can taste test the incredible 100-year-old, barrel-aged Para Vintage Tawny or enjoy a Seppeltsfield Rare Tasting Plate, made to match the rare wines on offer.

St Hallett

St Hallett Old Block Barrels

St Hallett Old Block Barrels

Producing fine wines since 1944, St Hallett’s initial focus was on the production of fortified wines. However, the success and quality of the first vintage of Old Block Shiraz (their signature wine) in 1980 led to a shift towards premium table wines. With a strong commitment to sustainability, the St Hallett management team has introduced eco-friendly principles to their cellar door as well. A brand new building has been created for tastings and is made from materials from the old cellar door and sourced from demolished buildings around the Barossa region.

I hope I have inspired you take a romantic gourmet getaway exploring the Barossa Valley.

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  1. We love Australian wines over here, too! Looks like beautiful country…perfect for a getaway 🙂

  2. Sounds like a beautiful place. That’s one of the things on my travel list; to visit Australian wine country and sounds like the Barossa would be great!

    Krissie Pearls of Style

  3. Wondering if the hour away Adelaide is as gorgeous as the Barossa wineries locale. (My childhood best friend’s mother hailed from Adelaide.) I imagine the lush scenery contributed to your enjoyment of the many elegant wines.

  4. Dear Julie,

    Apart from its scenic beauty, I think it’s worth a trip for those who have never tasted the Grange or Hill of Grace. Although these wines have become so expensive even for its current vintages, I think they are some of the best Australia has ever produced.

  5. I haven’t been to the Barossa for SO long… you make me want to go back very soon!

  6. You make me want to hop on a plane!

  7. How much fun to visit wineries! We’ve never done that, and need to. I doubt if we’ll ever have an opportunity to do it in Australia, but the west coast of the US has such a great selection. Inspirational stuff – thanks.

  8. Love that photo looking down over the vineyards. Wine tasting without kids anywhere would be wonderful. I heard about a vineyard biking tour in Italy. I think by our last stop I would be riding my bike a little wobbly. Have a super day. BAM

  9. Penfolds!!! Penfolds wine is such a treat. Whenever someone brings over a bottle of their wine, you know that they really treasure you or it’s a special occasion shared by all. Many good memories with that wine =)

    • Your comment is so true Winston! It is so special when a wine purchase has been so thoughtful. Io be it when friends remember my favourites, and I always like to choose theirs 🙂

  10. I could go a glass or five right now thanks! A week wine tasting would be wonderful to unwind and relax 🙂

    • I totally agree Leigh!!! It must be nearly the end of the week, and yes Lorraine, the Barossa always makes for a lovely getaway 🙂

  11. I imagine that you and Mr GG were in heaven there! It’s such a lovely area to visit 🙂

  12. Good plonk there in the Barossa. We also like McLaren Vale, which is closer to home.

  13. Wow looks like an ideal weekend getaway.. Looks like I might need to plan a trip to South Australia sometime 😉
    When would you say is the ideal season to visit?

  14. I haven’t been to the Barossa but I have been to McLaren Vale. It’s such a beautiful part of Australia and a great treasure when it comes to wine producing. A great write-up Julie on some well-deserving Aussie wines xx

  15. As you say, its a sensational place to visit. Especially at this time of year – perfect fortified drinking weather. Coming into spring its also gorgeous. Lots of new growth, very lush and green. And there’s such a broad range of experiences available. From the larger wineries, and many of the smaller more intimate producers which are great to discover.

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