Having spent many hours tasting the wines around the region I recommend the following as the ‘must see’ Cellar Doors in the Barossa. There are many others to taste along the way but I would highly recommend that you put these on your list.
Eperosa www.eperosa.com.au: Tanunda
James Halliday was impressed enough to give this boutique winery 4 ½ stars on debut, quickly followed up by a 5 star rating in their second year. With the majority of their wines receiving over 95 points they offer private tastings direct with the wine maker, Brett Grocke, via their web site – thoroughly recommended.
Henschke www.henschke.com.au : Keyneton Road, Keyneton
You may actually wonder what you have walked into as you hear the ooh’s and aah’s coming from the cellar door. A little out of town, but well worth the drive. I would recommend absolutely everything. Of course if you are lucky enough to arrive the day that the Hill of Grace or Mount Edelstone is released then buy yourself a case – forget the expense. However for a special treat, within a more reasonable budget pick yourself up a bottle of Tappa Pass Shiraz or Keyneton Estate Euphonium – funny names but you will not be sorry.
Hentley Farm www.hentleyfarm.com.au : Gerald Roberts Road and Jenke Road, Seppeltsfield
Having renovated one of the first homes built after settlement in South Australia, the Hentschke’s (yes the ones with a ‘t’) launched this building as their cellar door in 2009. The building, the staff, the wine and the outlook make this a must see during your visit to the Barossa. They make the leading Zinfandel in the valley and their Stray Mongrel is not bad too!
Linfield Road www.linfieldroadwines.com.au : 65 Victoria Tce, Williamstown
The Wilson family make some fabulous wine from their 1860’s vineyard. Drop in and chat with 4th generation Steve and Deb or 5th generation Daniel and relax overlooking their vineyard with a platter or seasonal lunch, quite seriously, you could stay all day.
Pinderie www.pindarie.com.au : crn Rosedale & Gomersal Road
A perfect example of what happens when a Kiwi viticulturalist works in Spain for a while, WOW! Their Mediterranean style wines are best reflected with their Tempranillo Sangiovese Shiraz blend, which is also a fabulous way to spend the afternoon over a gourmet platter or lamb pie (available all day) overlooking the valley from their wonderfully expansive cellar door.
Rockford www.rockfordwines.com.au : Krondorf Road, Tanunda
Famous for their Basket Press but don’t miss the sparkling Shiraz, as my friend Lisa says, “The prettiest Sparkling Shiraz on the planet”. I am inclined to agree with her. Well done Rockford! Don’t pass up the Alicante Bouchet, a nice light surprise from the house of the ‘Big Red’.
Seppeltsfield www.seppeltsfield.com.au : Seppeltsfield Rd, Seppeltsfield
Make sure you leave plenty of time to wonder around and absorb the atmosphere of this enchanting place. Returning to private ownership in 2008 the entire estate has been transformed to its former glory, including the reinstatement of the gravity fed open fermenters. If fortified is your thing, then this is your place. Make sure you book a tour (see ‘what to do’ section)
TeAro Estate www.tearoestate.com : 20 Queen Street, Williamstown
Making wine from their 1919 planted vineyard (planted by the Great Grandparents of the current generation wine makers) this family run cellar door will surprise you. Whilst others may stick to country styling this funky and vibrant cellar door with food and tea matching experiences will be one to remember.
Torbreck www.torbreck.com : Roennfeldt Road, Marananga
Oh my! Where to start? Probably from the top and make your way down …. if you can handle it! If you are the designated driver and can not taste the lot then try the Saignee, The Steading, Descendant and Run Rig, but only if you absolutely, positively had to be on your best behaviour.
Turkey Flat www.turkeyflat.com.au : Bethany Road, Tanunda
Langton’s describe their Shiraz as the “classic Barossa style”, and lets face it, they are the people who know about these things! As a summer alternative I fancy the Rosè … the new preferred drink of the chic and fabulous who just can not resist it. Enjoy!
Two Hands www.twohandswines.com : Nelder Road, Marananga
You will learn more in 5 minutes at Two Hands about the different red wine growing regions of Australia (and even the sub regions within the Barossa) than you would at a 6 week wine course. Not to be missed … favourites include any of the Garden series, Gnarly Dudes and Bad Impersonator. Number one must try for me is the Moscato – a lovely fun tipple!
The Willows www.thewillowsvineyard.com.au : Light Pass Road, Light Pass
Making reds the way the reds should be make – big and dark! Oh la la, my Dad’s favourite …. Don’t just take his word for it, try for yourself. Very well priced Shiraz for the quality.
Yalumba www.yalumba.com : Eden Valley Road, Angaston
One of the oldest privately owned wineries in the Barossa. This stunning setting, just outside of Angaston, is worth a visit for the all round experience of art, wine and the spectacular which is the Yalumba winery itself. The cellar door staff are just divine and will be more that happy to take you through their stunning wine list including some outstanding Viognier
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