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Barossa Valley


If you are a fellow wine lover you could understand my excitement about discovering that one of Australia’s most famous wine regions is only 60 kilometers north east of Adelaide. With this nugget of information I decided to damn the expense and hire a car to visit the region.

It’s not that I don’t enjoy a wine tour, if there is one on offer I would be one of the first in line. But there is something special about being able to visit wineries at my own pace. It is always a satisfying experience when you can taste wine straight from the source.

The drive to The Barossa is easy and travelling along Barossa Valley Way you get the sense that this is a unique part of Australia. The Barossa wine region is actually made up of two valleys, the Barossa and Eden Valley.

If you want to make the most of the trip the best place to start is Lyndoch, there are numerous wineries scattered around the small town. From there it is slow progress to Nuriootpa passing up to twenty wineries along the way. There were so many wineries it was impossible to fit them all in on my tour as tempting as they were.

The whole region survives on the wine industry and there are plenty of Bed and Breakfasts in the region to take in us weary travelers.

I am a red wine person so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try a little Shiraz. The vines in Barossa are quite possible the oldest vines in the world. If white is more your think than the Semillon should not disappoint.

Regardless of taste the Barossa is a wine region not to be missed.

Troy Kippen


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