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South Australia’s Barossa Valley wineries are famous around the world for their great wines across a range of styles and for good reason. There’s something for everyone, no matter what style one likes or what price range one is looking to buy in. It’s a beautiful part of the world that has a lot to offer beyond wine too but for now, here’s our guide to the Barossa Valley Wineries (and a bakery).

Apex Bakery

barossa valley wineries guide south australia

Tanunda’s Apex Bakery has been a Barossa Valley institution since 1924, and forms the starting point of many a tour of this region. The bread is baked in a wood fired scotch oven that is allegedly the longest running, continuously fired commercial wood oven in Australia. Of particular note are the slow ferment dough breads, pies and pasties – all made from original recipes dating back to the 1800s.

Apex Bakery

1 Elizabeth Street
Tanunda
South Australia 5352
Australia

Telephone: (08) 9296 4657
Email: apexbakery@gmail.com
Website: http://www.apexbakery.com.au/

Open
Mon – Thu: 9:00am to 5:30pm
Sat: 8:30am to 12:00pm

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Peter Lehmann Wines

barossa valley wineries guide south australia

Peter Lehmann Wines was founded in 1979, although Peter Lehmann had been making wine since 1947 – first at Yalumba Wines and then at Saltram Wines. The story of how the business was founded is an interesting one. Lehman was told by his bosses at Saltram to buy less grapes from their Barossa growers, but he refused as he’d given his word to the growers. After a bit of negotiating with the owners of Saltram, he was allowed to start his own business on the side to buy and process the grapes. When Saltram changed owners and Lehmann was told he could no longer continue his side business, he quit Saltram and dedicated himself solely to his own business.

As you can imagine, Lehmann was quite respected in the area because he stood by his word and believed in supporting the local community and luckily his wines were rather good too. Over the years, Peter Lehmann wines have won several awards locally and internationally. The Stonewall Shiraz is their signature wine, and an extensive range of reds and whites across all price ranges is on offer.

barossa valley wineries guide south australia

Peter Lehmann Wines

Para Road
Tanunda
South Australia 5352
Australia

Telephone: (08) 8565 9555
Email: cellar.door@peterlehmannwines.com
Website: https://peterlehmannwines.com/

Open
Mon – Fri: 9:30am to 5:00pm
Sat – Sun: 10:30am to 4:30pm

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Penfolds Wines

barossa valley wineries guide south australia

barossa valley wineries guide south australia

Penfolds Wines need no introduction, having built a very strong reputation since is founding in 1844 by English physician and migrant to Australia, Christopher Rawson Penfold. Christopher and his wife Mary beleived in the medicinal benefits of wine, and set about developing a wine tonic for the treatment of anaemia, using French grape vine cuttings they had bought over from England.

Starting with sweet, fortified wines. the business kept on growing and while Christopher focused more on the medical practice, Mary spent more time on the wines. The business changed in the years after the death of Christopher and Mary, with the biggest change being the shift in focus from fortified to table wines. Post World War II saw the introduction of the Penfolds (and perhaps Australia’s) most famous wine – the Grange.

Today Penfolds own vineyards across South Australia and, while the cellar door at the original location isn’t the most homely of venues, there’s no doubting the quality of the wines that Penfolds produces. There aren’t too many misses amongst the wines on offer to sample, and it’s here that you’ll find some of the more rare and expensive wines around. Don’t worry though, Penfolds still make some excellent affordable wines.

barossa valley wineries guide south australia

Penfolds Wines

30 Tanunda Road
Nuriootpa
South Australia 5355
Australia

Telephone: (08) 8565 9555
Email: cellar.door@peterlehmannwines.com
Website: https://www.penfolds.com/

Open
Mon – Sun: 10:00am to 5:00pm

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Saltram

barossa valley wineries guide south australia

barossa valley wineries guide south australia

Saltram are another one of the oldest wineries in Australia, having been established in 1859 by the Saltram family, who made wines at this location until 1937. The second “dynasty” at Saltram wines were the Dolan family who took care of the wine side of the business from the 1950s through to 2007. The cellar door can get quite busy but it’s worth the wait to sample some of their great wines, which span a number of different varietals. We are big fan’s of Saltram’s Italian style wines, with their Winemaker’s Selection Fiano and Sangiovese being of particular note. As with the other wineries in the region, there’s something for everyone at all price ranges on offer.

The food at the attached restaurant is quite decent too, making Saltram a good mid point on a winery tour for a bit of a snack.

Saltram

Murray Street
Angaston
South Australia 5353
Australia

Telephone: (08) 8561 0200
Email: cellardoor@saltramestate.com.au
Website: http://www.saltram.com/

Open
Mon – Sun: 10:00am to 5:00pm

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Sorby Adams Wines

barossa valley wineries guide south australia

Sorby Adams Wines is one of the smaller wineries in the Barossa Valley (well Eden Valley actually) and they are still family owned. The current head winemaker is Simon Adams, and the original vineyard, containing grape vines originally planted by the Lehmann family, is his backyard.

The cellar door not only focuses on wines, but also sells a range of local produce. What we liked most about Sorby Adams was that they had some wines that were a bit different than usual. One of our favourites of the trip, the Jazz Cabernet Rose, had a much deeper colour and more complex flavour than most roses.

barossa valley wineries guide south australia

barossa valley wineries guide south australia

Sorby Adams Wines

51 Murray Street
Angaston
South Australia 5353
Australia

Telephone: (08) 8564 2993
Email: info@sorbyadamswines.com
Website: http://sorbyadamswines.com/

Open
Mon – Sun: 10:00am to 5:00pm

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Taste Eden Valley

barossa valley wineries guide south australia

barossa valley wineries guide south australia

Taste Eden Valley is not a winery, but rather a “regional wine room” that allows winemakers who aren’t large enough to sustain a cellar door to showcase their wines. This was our favourite stop on our Barossa Valley Winery trip as it was the one place more than any other where there was a real obvious connection between the wineries, the winemakers and the wines themselves. Each wine and winery had an interesting story behind it and there’s something special about the knowledge that there’s not a global company at the ultimate head of it all.

Of course this would all mean nothing if the wines weren’t any good, but thankfully the wines were amongst some of the best we had all trip – we didn’t go away empty handed. If you really want to get a sense of what makes this part of the world so special, Taste Eden Valley is a must.

barossa valley wineries guide south australia

barossa valley wineries guide south australia

Taste Eden Valley

6 Washington Street
Angaston
South Australia 5353
Australia

Telephone: (08) 8564 2435
Email: info@tasteedenvalley.com.au
Website: http://www.tasteedenvalley.com.au/

Open
Mon – Sun: 10:00am to 5:00pm

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Chateau Tanunda

barossa valley wineries guide south australia

Chateau Tanunda, which was established in 1890, is Australia’s oldest chateau. The winery itself dates back to 1840, and was one of the first places where grape vines were planted in the Barossa. We unfortunately arrived too late to sample any of their wines but had to include it in this guide for both its reputation, and the fact that the chateau grounds are simply beautiful to walk through. By all accounts the wines are fantastic, with a wide range being offered. Their most famous range is the Everest range, and in particular the Grenache.

barossa valley wineries guide south australia

 

Chateau Tanunda

9 Basedow Road
Tanunda
South Australia 5352
Australia

Telephone: (08) 8563 3888
Email: info@chateautanunda.com
Website: http://www.chateautanunda.com/

Open
Mon – Sun: 10:00am to 5:00pm

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Have you visited the Barossa Valley before? What’s your favourite wine/winery?


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