Barossa Valley Wineries
Your guide to Barossa Valley’s historic cellar doors and tasting experiences!
Only a short drive from Adelaide will get you to one of Australia’s most historic wine regions, the Barossa Valley. The international success of Australian wine has a lot to thank the Barossa for, recognised for the outstanding quality of wine to come out of the region since the first plantings over 160 years ago.
Today, there are so many internationally renowned wineries in the Barossa, with equally acclaimed cellar doors and restaurants, that a visit to the area will reward any person with a love of regional wines, produce, and beauty. Fine, fresh and regional flavours abound; a bold Shiraz (the Barossa’s most famous wine), a hearty Cabernet Sauv, classic Chardonnays, fresh Rieslings, and everything else in between are all ready for your enjoyment.
You might have a few questions while planning your visit like ‘What are the best wineries in the Barossa Valley?’, ‘How many days do you need in the Barossa?’, and ‘What is the best season for Barossa Valley?’ Fortunately, we’ve put together this handy guide to help you plan and get the most out of your trip to this iconic wine region. So, jump in the car, take in the views, soak up the sunshine and savour everything the Barossa has to offer.
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Bethany Wines’ first vineyard was planted in 1852 with a wine cellar built on the site. Despite the winery’s pioneer, Johann Schrapel, having a good reputation as an early colonial winemaker, the Schrapel family made the decision to focus on viticulture instead of winemaking for the next four generations. However, it was this early insight into maintaining their early plantings – even through the wine glut years when the government encouraged wineries to pull up their vines – that has allowed the now fifth and sixth generations of the Schrapel family to continue working this prized Barossan plot to produce luscious old vine Barossa wines alongside their new and alternate varieties. Visit Bethany Wines’ cellar door to enjoy a fresh and delicious picnic platter, taste estate made wines, take in the views, or even take a historic walk.
378 Bethany Rd, Tanunda
From Adelaide, travelling North away from the city on the Sturt Highway, take the Gomersal Road to Tanunda and then Bethany Road to the foothills.
Open Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm | Sundays 1pm-5pm
Visit the Bethany Hills website
The majestic bluestone winery and expansive vineyard of Château Tanunda epitomises the Barossa’s colourful history and pioneering spirit. Established in 1890, the grand, meticulously restored buildings and carefully manicured gardens of Château Tanunda are home to the Barossa's earliest vines with the winery now proudly producing wines with fruit from 150-year-old vines.
For visitors to this historic property, booking the ‘Private Château’ tour is a must, plus there are a host of wines to taste in the Grand Barrel Room, including Old Vine Expressions, Barossa Shiraz, Heritage Release, and more. Or, simply enjoy a game of croquet on the lawn and take in the sunshine.
9 Basedow Rd, Tanunda
Open daily 10am-4pm for wine tasting, and until 5pm for wine sales.
Visit the Château Tanunda website
Neil and Lorraine Ashmead moved to the Barossa in 1979 after Lorraine’s father told them about a home with great potential. The homestead in the heart of the township of Nuriootpa was surrounded by extremely old Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon vines, which offered great appeal, but their move to the region was at a time when demand for Australian table wine was negligible, and the vineyard had become derelict. So, after years of no interest, the real estate agent offered the Ashmeads the 72acre vineyard as a bonus, as part of the sale of the homestead. Three years later, after restoring the vineyard, Elderton Wines was born.
Visit this quintessentially Barossan cellar door, a grand 1918 classic gentleman’s bungalow, complete with stunning views, fantastic wines and friendly staff. For a relaxed afternoon, wines are also available by the glass and can be enjoyed with a cheese plate or seasonal menu item.
3-5 Tanunda Rd, Nuriootpa (Cellar Door is nestled in the middle of their vineyard – enter via Tanunda Rd or New Rd)
Open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm | Weekends 11am-4pm
Visit the Elderton Wines website
GRANT BURGE WINES
The Grant Burge Meshach Cellar Door enjoys impressive panoramic views across the Barossa and renowned wines, making it a worthy stop on your Barossa Valley wineries itinerary. The tasting team at the cellar door will lead you through Grant Burge’s extensive range of wines, including refreshing Sparklings, crisp Rieslings to full-flavoured Chardonnay. And in keeping with Grant Burge’s great reputation for bold Barossan red, guests can also enjoy Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and of course, powerful Barossa Shiraz.
Take in the views, savour a bottle of your favourite wine, and enjoy a food platter curated from local producers. Group tastings are available by appointment.
11 Lily Farm Rd, Krondorf
Open daily 10am-5pm
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Visiting the historic Henschke cellar door, built in the 1860s by Johann Christian Henschke, is said to be one of the most captivating wine experiences in the Barossa. The intimate and charming space is a showcase and celebration of the Henschke family’s winemaking prowess and ability to continually produce internationally renowned wines.
Drawing on select vineyards from the Eden, Adelaide Hills and Barossa Valley regions, the Henschke cellar door is the perfect place to sample the unique terroir expressed in their premium single-vineyard wines. Various tasting options are available, including group tastings and the exclusive Hill of Grace experience.
1428 Keyneton Rd, Keyneton
Open Monday to Saturday 9am-4:30pm |Public holidays 10am-3pm | Closed Sundays
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The old grain room and heritage stables make up the Pindarie Cellar Door, hand restored over a period of 20 years by vigneron and winemaker couple Wendy Allan and Tony Brooks. A winner of multiple tourism awards, the cellar door is home to Pindarie’s diverse range of estate grown wines, including Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rosé, and unique range of Mediterranean varietals such as Fiano, Montepulciano, and Tempranillo. The old grain store offers tasty bites and a genuine paddock to plate experience with their range of seasonal lunches featuring local produce. It’s the perfect place to relax, take in the views, watch the workings of a running farm, and enjoy regional flavours.
946 Rosedale Rd, Gomersal
Open daily 11am-5pm
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ROLF BINDER WINES
Located on the beautiful Seppeltsfield Road scenic drive, Rolf Binder Wines is a producer steeped in tradition and Barossa history, having been established in 1955 with the philosophy of using primarily estate-grown fruit to produce premium Barossa Valley wines.
Visit their inviting cellar door for tastings and sales, with options including Classic Wine Tasting, Icon Wine Tasting, and Pizzetta Tasting – the ultimate tasting experience with 4 handmade pizzettas matched with a range of their premium wines. A memorable option for a very special Barossa wineries experience is the Taste & Graze Barossa Food and Wine Trail self-driving tour which includes stops at Rolf Binder, Grant Burge and St Hallett – three iconic Barossan wineries.
185 Stelzer Road, Tanunda
Open Mon – Sat 10am to 4pm, and during SA long weekends on Sundays 11am – 4pm
Visit the Rolf Binder Wines website
Recognised as a Five Star Winery and listed as one of the ‘Ten Dark Horses’ in the 2019 James Halliday Wine Companion, Schild Estate produces highly acclaimed wines including the Moorooroo Shiraz, of which the 2015 vintage was awarded 99 points (James Halliday, 2019 Wine Companion) and the Ben Schild Reserve Shiraz which was awarded ‘Best in Show – Australian Reds’ at Mundus Vini Grand International Wine Awards 2019.
In addition to classic wine tasting experiences, Schild Estate also offers a wine and chocolate pairing experience for $20 per person where guests will be treated to artisan chocolates expertly matched with wines from their collection. Pre-bookings are essential for this unique experience.
Lot 1095, Barossa Valley Way, Lyndoch
Open Friday to Sunday 10am-4pm or by appointment |Closed public holidays.
Visit the Schild Estate website
Seppeltsfield is one of Australia’s most historic wineries with a history forged by the pioneering vision of Joseph and Joanna Seppelt in 1851. Seppeltfield’s grand complex of heritage buildings is the perfect place to sample their unique 100-year-old fortified wines and to taste wine from the year of your birth. Seppelt is also credited with paving the way for progressive cool climate styles, particularly for producing Australia’s first Sparkling wine, as well as pioneering Sparkling Shiraz.
The winery has enjoyed many accolades over their extensive history, including being recognised as Australia's most awarded Sparkling producer, as well as winning the highly sought-after Jimmy Watson Trophy, three times. Stop by for free wine tastings or book a private tour to take in the winery’s full historic charm. The Octeine Café, located onsite in the picnic grounds, is open daily from 10am.
730 Seppeltsfield Rd, Barossa Valley
Open daily 10:30am-5pm
Visit the Seppeltsfield website
Established in 1944, this world-renowned winery has established a reputation for making wines of incredible quality and character. St Hallett’s history includes a focus on saving old vines and growing varieties that thrive in the region, particularly iconic Barossa Shiraz. Their cellar door is nestled in the heart of the Barossa Valley, just outside of the township of Tanunda.
Visitors can take in vineyard views as they taste wines from the St Hallett range including their flagship Old Block Shiraz, Single Vineyard Shiraz, and cellar door exclusives. Enjoy a picnic on their expansive, picturesque lawn which is also dog-friendly, snack on a picnic board or cheese platter sourced from South Australian producers, or really indulge and savour a wine and chocolate flight.
24 St Hallett Rd, Tanunda
Open daily, 10am – 5pm
Visit the St Hallett website
The name Thorn-Clarke honours the coming together of two Barossa Valley wine and agricultural families, the Thorns and the Clarkes; the Thorns with six generations of Barossan winemaking in their blood and the Clarkes providing vigneron and geology expertise. While a relatively young winery in terms of some of their Barossa neighbours, Thorn-Clarke was established in 2001 and has gone from strength to strength since then. Today, they boast one of the largest private vineyard holdings in the Barossa, which provides the basis for exceptional Barossa and Eden Valley wines.
Their relaxed Barossa cellar door is the perfect place to unwind during your visit to the region – sample local produce platters as you sit in their winery garden, or sample their Eden Valley whites and Barossa Valley reds, sourced from their four estate-owned vineyards.
226 Gawler Park Rd, Angaston
Open Friday to Sunday 10am-5pm (Cellar Door is reopening Friday 27th October 2023)
Visit the Thorn-Clarke website
Tscharke crafts certified organic and biodynamic wines from ancient soils at Marananga in the elevated Western Ridge of the Barossa, an exceptional micro-climate of the region. Their story is one of continued evolution and a pursuit of excellence in winemaking. The Protagonist is their state-of-the-art wine venue, providing an indulgent setting for enjoying a glass, or a bottle, of their handcrafted wines, and tasting experiences. Take it up a notch with Tscharke Underground, a privately hosted immersive wine tasting experience in their underground cellar, or Taste the Ethereal, an in-depth experience involving an exploration of the vineyards, wines and winemaking at Tscharke.
376 Seppeltsfield Rd, Marananga
Open Monday to Thursday, 10am-5pm and Saturday 12-7pm
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Surrounded by historic vineyards dating back to 1847, Turkey Flat’s charming Cellar Door, a rustic bluestone building that has been lovingly restored, is tucked away on the edge of Tanunda. Visitors can enjoy a wine flight featuring 5 of Turkey Flat’s current release wines, plus additional elevated wine tasting experiences, in the welcoming surrounds of the cellar door. The family and dog friendly winery has lawn games for the little ones and offers cheese platters and grazing boards if you’re also looking for a bite to eat.
67 Bethany Rd, Tanunda
Open daily, 11am – 5pm
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Established in 1849, Yalumba is one of Australia’s most iconic and important wine labels. The impressive Yalumba Wine Room, built inside the original brandy store, is the perfect place to sample the wide range of wines on offer from everyday table drops through to their exquisite reserve collections. A visit to their historic grounds and cellar door during the week may reward you with seeing the cooperage in action while you experience the fragrant sweet spice of their handmade barrels. And for weekend guests, the landscaped grounds, which are exquisitely framed by the Wine Room and the historic clock tower, are perfect for a relaxing walk or to throw down a picnic rug to enjoy one of Yalumba’s renowned Coopers Boards in the sun.
40 Eden Valley Rd, Angaston
Open daily 10am-5pm
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Z WINE is seriously dedicated to making some of the Barossa Valley’s best wine. The Z in the name stands for Zerk, a pioneering settler family who came to the Barossa in 1846. Today, Janelle and Kristen Zerk, the famed Barossa Valley sister duo, are the passionate owners of Z Wine who are dedicated to creating regional, small batch wines using grapes from 10 different vignerons in the Barossa area, honouring their connection to the region which began five generations ago.
A visit to their cellar door will reward you with the chance to taste wines from the range of Z Wine labels, including highly awarded wines. Z Wine’s cellar door and wine bar in the main street of Tanunda is very popular, offering regional produce platters, kids platters, and local live music to accompany the selection of distinct wines.
SHOP 3, 109-111 Murray Street Tanunda (Corner of Basedow Road and Murray Street)
Open Monday to Thursday & Sunday 10am-8pm | Friday and Saturday 10am-late with LIVE music on Public Holidays.
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BEST THINGS TO DO IN THE BAROSSA VALLEY
Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop is a delight for families and food enthusiasts alike.
The Barossa Valley beckons with an abundance of experiences that extend beyond its renowned wineries. From bike and helicopter tours to chocolate tasting, Maggie Beer’s famous Farm Shop, and more, there’s an array of exciting activities to help create memories during your visit. Here are some of our favourite ways to enjoy this iconic Australian wine region.
- Helicopter tour – elevate your Barossa Valley experience with Barossa Helicopters, a family-owned and operated business nestled in the heart of South Australia’s picturesque Barossa Valley. Offering a range of private scenic helicopter rides, gourmet food and wine experiences, and outback pub adventures, there's an option for everyone. From short 4-minute flights to full-day wine indulgence tours, you can conquer your fear of flying, check off a bucket list item, or arrive in style for a winery lunch.
- Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop – nestled in the heart of the Barossa Valley and open daily, Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop is a delight for families and food enthusiasts alike. As you explore this culinary haven, savour fresh-baked treats, dive into platters of cheese, pâté, meats, and dukkah, enjoy a glass of Pheasant Farm Wine, and don't forget to explore Maggie's exclusive range of artisanal products.
- Barossa Valley Chocolate Company – more than just a chocolate shop, this is a diverse experience for all. Visit the Café, where fresh seasonal delights cater to the whole family, and enjoy your meal indoors or on the expansive deck. Engage in interactive experiences like the free Code Cracker for kids or indulge in famous Wine & Chocolate pairings. For a hands-on adventure, unleash your inner chocolatier with fun, interactive workshops.
- Barossa Valley Bike Hire – cycle the Barossa with the region’s number one bike hire and cycle tour specialists. Offering bike delivery and pick up service, the team will give you valuable tips to get the most out of your visit. Explore the Barossa for yourself on one of their standard hybrids or electric bikes or join a guided cycle experience – choose from options like the Barista, Brewer, Wine Cycle Tour and the Sunset & Sparkles Experience.
- 1837 Barossa Art Trail - elevate your Barossa Valley adventure with a touch of culture through their magnificent art trail. Featuring twelve contemporary art sculptures commissioned from international artists, this collection is the Barossa's newest treasure, enhancing the region's tourism experience. Explore the world of art and wine on this iconic journey.
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN THE BAROSSA VALLEY
Vintners Bar & Grill is one of the Barossa Valley’s longest operating restaurants, with options for both alfresco and formal dining to suit the season.
Given the outstanding selection of top wineries in the Barossa Valley and attractions in this picturesque region, it’s unsurprising that it also boasts charming cafes, fantastic winery restaurants, and more, offering up delicious dining options for visitors and locals alike. If you’re looking for some of the best restaurants in the Barossa Valley, we’ve got some suggestions to get you started.
- The Tanunda Hotel – a charming country hotel located right in the heart of Tanunda, it offers a cheerful atmosphere including a great alfresco area, and a menu featuring Aussie favourites along with some of the Barossa’s fines produce and wines. Self-contained apartment accommodation is also available.
- Essen, by Artisans of Barossa – Essen is the onsite benchmark dining space at Artisans of Barossa, which brings together eight small-batch winemakers in a contemporary space. Located at the heart of a community of local farmers and artisans, Essen offers a contemporary and innovative interpretation of seasonal Barossa food. With a menu that evolves with the changing seasons and ingredients sourced from their own kitchen garden, Essen invites you to savour the best of the Barossa. Open for lunch seven days a week from 12 pm to 3 pm.
- Vintners Bar & Grill – nestled amongst picturesque vineyards, Vintners Bar & Grill is one of the Barossa Valley’s longest operating restaurants, with options for both alfresco and formal dining to suit the season. Modern and traditional ingredients from the region are artfully blended to create a menu that showcases the freshest local produce, while an extensive wine list features both local and international selections, elevating your dining experience. Vintners is the quintessential Barossa establishment, seamlessly merging outstanding wine and cuisine for your enjoyment.
- Fleur Social – located in Nuriootpa, this florist and specialty coffee shop is a welcoming space offering single origin coffee and a range of delicious bites for breakfast, lunch and sweet snacks, including toasties, brekky rolls and burgers, bagels, wraps, muffins, slices, and more.
- Fino – located in the heart of Seppeltsfield village next to the cellar door, Fino restaurant celebrates produce, provenance, and the simplicity of sharing a meal. Head Chef Daniel Murphy champions local produce and working with local producers to create dishes that reflect the best of the Barossa seasons. A sharing menu is offered on weekdays while diners can indulge in a 4 or 6 course menu on weekends.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN THE BAROSSA VALLEY
Rogasch Cottage nestled amidst beautiful vineyards is only 5 minutes’ walk to Tanunda.
While it is located close enough to Adelaide for a day trip, the Barossa Valley is a world-class Australian wine region with so much to offer and deserves a deeper dive – so you may want to stay a little longer and soak it all in. There’s a raft of great Barossa Valley accommodation options to choose from in towns throughout the region, including private villa-style suites, winery cottages, glamping tents, and more. Here are some of our picks for the best places to stay in the Barossa Valley.
- The Louise – an idyllic luxury vineyard retreat, The Louise offers premium villa-style suites in the heart of Barossa wine country, the perfect location for a premium stay on your visit. Fresh from a multi-million-dollar revamp, this stylish escape is a member of Baillie Lodges’ growing portfolio of luxury lodges, offering 15 contemporary suites that open onto outdoor courtyards.
- The Villas – Barossa – located in Marananga along the famed Seppeltsfield Road, The Villas - Barossa offer an idyllic retreat within walking distance of cellar doors, premium dining, wine bars, and the local gin distillery. Perfect for a tranquil escape, these environmentally sensitive villas blend unique architectural design with warmth, offering a serene Barossa experience where floor-to-ceiling glass seamlessly connects interiors with the beauty of the Australian bush and nearby vineyards.
- Le Mas – this luxury petite hotel, inspired by the charming stone farmhouses of the South of France, delivers a unique experience with the personalised service of an on-call French host. This elegant and exceptionally private luxury accommodation is in a prime Barossa location, and offers stylish rooms, a heated mineral pool, lush lawns, and vineyard views – an ideal place to unwind after a busy day of wine tasting.
- Rogasch Cottage – nestled amidst beautiful vineyards, this fully renovated 1860’s cottage is only 5 minutes’ walk to Tanunda yet boasts stunning rural views. Comprising of two bedrooms, the entire cottage is available to rent, and includes a heated plunge pool, an open fireplace, and access to the host’s micro-winery, driving range and private cellar.
- CABN Elsie – offering a minimalist off-grid escape into nature with a beautiful vineyard outlook, CABN Elsie sleeps 2 and is just minutes away from Seppeltsfield. Elsie is located on a working vineyard, along with another CABN, and features a kitchenette, bathroom, indoor wood fireplace, and more. It’s the perfect place to bring your favourite person to relax and recharge amongst nature.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BEST BAROSSA VALLEY WINERIES
For more information on visiting the Barossa be sure to visit the official Barossa website or stop by the Visitors Centre in Tanunda when you're in the area. But if you’d like to sample some of the wineries listed in this guide before you visit – explore our wide selection of Barossa wines and find out more about the wineries listed in this guide in our Meet the Makers section.
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