The best way to experience the Barossa Valley is on a guided tour. With over 13,000 hectares of vineyards and over 150 wineries through the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley an experienced guide will makes all the difference. Although wines are the primary reason to visit the Barossa, local produce, history and culture are also major attractions.
Barossa Shiraz and Eden Valley Rieslings are the premier wines of the region, with new varieties now getting the recognition they deserve. Merlot, mataro and grenache are some of the reds while the whites such as semillon is beginning to rivalling the wines of the Hunter Valley, with viognier also beginning to get noticed.
In the very early days the region was known for fortified wines. As more Australians started to develop a taste for wine, the big shiraz went out of favour and lighter table wines took over. The 80’s brought in another change, money was flowing and everything had to be big including the wine! Shiraz and the Barossa were back in fashion. It was during this time that Penfolds and Henschke came into their own and were very important in putting the Barossa back on the map and also the world stage!