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Growing up on the edge of the Barossa, I have visited a lot of the cellar doors in this region. It doesn’t matter how many times I go, I just love visiting the wineries of the Barossa Valley. For that reason, I’ve made discovering the best wineries in the Barossa Valley a bit of a mission.
Here are the results of my “hard” work – the best 20 wineries in the Barossa Valley. I’ve personally visited each of these wineries – and many more – and they are the all-around best of those I’ve tried.
To me, the criteria for an ideal winery includes a beautiful setting, friendly, down-to-earth and knowledgeable service, and delicious wine. No snobbery allowed. With these wineries, I’m confident everyone from a connoisseur through to an “I don’t know the difference between a Shiraz and a Sauvignon Blanc” novice, can have a wonderful time.
Full disclosure – I have, for what is hopefully obvious reasons, not visited every single winery in the Barossa Valley. Had I done so in the 9 years I’ve been of drinking age, I’d probably be dead. I wanted this list to only reflect places I have personally visited, so there may be some hidden gems I’m not aware of.
If you have any places you’d like me to check out, or would like to know if I’ve visited already, leave it in the comments and I’ll do my best (any excuse for a visit to the Barossa).
I know this list is overwhelming. If you don’t have several years to dedicate to the pursuit of trying every winery in the Barossa Valley, you might need to narrow it down to 3 – 5 wineries for a day of tasting. If so, I’ve marked with a * the five wineries that I’d try to cram in if you only have one day in the Barossa Valley. I’ve chosen these wineries because they are great (of course) but also because they are relatively close to each other – there may be others that are just as good, but a little more difficult to reach.
The Best Wineries in Tanunda
Tanunda is really the hub for many of the best wineries in the Barossa. There are more great wineries in a small area, than you can visit in a day (I would think – let me know if anyone proves me wrong). That said, I think there are a few real standouts – here are my favourites.
I’d somehow managed to (unintentionally) avoid visiting Langmeil for several years, but when I did finally get there, I was blown away! From the first friendly greeting from the lady at the cellar door, to the last sip of their delicious reds, it was a fantastic experience.
Langmeil is definitely one of the prettiest wineries in the Barossa, with this beautiful old farmhouse (see above) that features beautiful old brickwork and vines overhead. Inside, I loved the photos of the original founders of Langmeil Winery – it still has a wonderful, family-run atmosphere.
As well as tasting delicious wine, you can also have a cheese platter out under the verandah… bliss!
Address: Corner of Langmeil and Para Roads, Tanunda | Opening Hours: 10:30am to 4:30pm, every day of the year except Christmas and Good Friday | Prices from: $18 | Website
St Hallett Winery
Located just outside of Tanunda, St Hallett’s is one of the Barossa’s most respected wineries, and a personal favourite of mine – they featured heavily on my wedding wine list!
Their tasting area is really beautiful, with lovely views out over the vineyard. As you’d expect, the staff are super knowledgeable about wine, how it’s made, and what to look for in the tasting. With such a great reputation, they are really good at tailoring the tasting for everyone from novices to experts!
St Hallett also offers some extras at their cellar door, including a tasty cheese platter and a chocolate-paired tasting. I’ve tried paired tastings before and didn’t love the experience, but if you’ve got some friends together, it is a really fun thing to do.
Address: Lot 100 St Hallett Road, Tanunda | Opening Hours: Every day from 10:00am to 5:00pm | Prices from: $14 | Website
Chateau Tanunda is one of the bigger wineries on this list, and their wine has been enjoyed by some very fancy people, like Barack Obama and Xi Jinping. Not being that fancy myself, I was a little worried that Chateau Tanunda wouldn’t be my “style”.
Boy, was I wrong! Of all the bigger wineries I have visited in the Barossa, Chateau Tanunda is definitely my pick. It’s a bit of a different experience than the small, hole-in-the-wall small producers, but it’s still a great one. You taste in quite a large warehouse-style room, where there’s various wine for sale.
The wine is really great (we bought 12 bottles on our hop on hop off bus tour, which then meant lugging them around – but it was worth it) and we were lucky to get a fabulous host who’s wine knowledge was impeccable. I wish I could remember his name, because I’d tell everyone to seek him out! He made the tasting a fun and informative experience.
If you’re looking to buy some wine, keep your eye out for the half-barrels that have cheaper end-of-run stock. We picked up six fabulous bottles of 2010 wine – perfect for those (like me) who are absolutely hopeless at cellaring anything. Nothing lasts in my house more than a month 🙁
Address: Basedow Road, Tanunda | Opening Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm, every day except Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day | Prices from: $10 (specials) | Website
Turkey Flat Vineyard
This as another vineyard I discovered courtesy of the Barossa Explorer Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour. It was our last stop, and we had so much fun that we actually missed our last bus home and had to call a cab. Oops!
I love, love, loved the setting of Turkey Flat’s Cellar Door – it’s in an old Butcher’s Shop, and it just has such a cool atmosphere about it. I’m not sure if it was just the day we visited, but the staff were quite young, and it was great to have a chat to them and hear about how the Barossa’s next generation is getting involved in the wine industry.
A tasting at Turkey Flat is $10 (redeemable on purchase), which I do think is a little steep by Barossa standards. However, one great thing about this winery is that they offer lots of fun outdoor games, so all in all, I think that $10 for a tasting and some fun attractions is pretty reasonable. Of course, if you buy wine they knock it off the price anyway.
My absolute highlight of the tasting at Turkey Flat was the Pedro Ximénez fortified, which was seriously the most delicious fortified I’ve ever had in my life. We bought two bottles, didn’t take long to drink them, and now I use the bottle as an oil bottle next to my kitchen and reminisce about the deliciousness. Definitely try that one!
Address: 67 Bethany Road, Tanunda | Opening Hours:
Charles Melton *
I mentioned in my introduction that my idea of the perfect wine tour is great wine, friendly services and a beautiful setting. Charles Melton knocks every one of these criteria out of the park, so it’s a no-brainer that it’s on my list of the best wineries in the Barossa Valley.
At Charles Melton, you sit around a beautiful round wooden table (if there’s room – there’s also verandah space outside) in an old farm house. It feels so homely and welcoming, and the fabulous staff help with this as well.
Charles Melton’s wine is some of the most celebrated in the Barossa, and there’s always one or two real wine experts at the table. However, the staff always take care to make sure that absolutely everybody feels welcome, and a great at pitching the experience to all different people.
Oh, and did I mention there’s winery dogs? Yeah, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Address: Krondorf Road, Tanunda | Opening Hours: 11:00am to 5:00pm | Prices from: $26 (a more premium winery) | Website
I know I harp on about it incessantly, but I just love how unpretentious the Barossa is. Case in point: my favourite wine at Rusden Winery is called “the Chook Shed” because the winemaker planted the original grapes near a chook shed. I don’t know why I love that story so much, but I just think it sums up Rusden’s no-fuss, authentic approach to wine.
Starting with the cellar door, it’s another beautiful offering in the Barossa, with modern style and old charm. Think high ceilings, large windows and rich wooden furniture. It’s super pretty but also has a friendly and unpretentious feel to it.
That’s probably largely thanks to the staff, who are seriously so nice. I was actually greeted so warmly when we came in that I panicked for a moment, wondering if we were actually old friends and if I was about to have a “ohh, yesss, OF COURSE, that’s where I know you from! Grade four!” discussion – but nope, that’s just how nice these people are to everyone.
The wines at Rusden are great, and I especially love that there are some unusual varieties (like Zinfandel) to try, and fall in love with. We ended up buying quite a few wines from this winery.
One of my favourite things about Rusden is that they are really trying to cater for younger wine drinkers as well, without being too gimmicky. They even run tasting events (all around their nice big table) which are specially geared towards more novice drinkers. As soon as I get my feet back on that good Barossa soil, I’m going to get myself into one of those!
Address: Magnolia Road, Tanunda | Opening Hours: Wednesday to Monday, from
Rockford Winery *
Ah, Rockfords. What can I say? This has been one of my favourite wineries since I was 18 years old and nine years later, I’m still banging on about it. I mean, really, what’s not to love: the setting of this winery is absolutely ADORABLE, nestled in a snug old farmhouse.
Rather than having a fake rustic Pinterest vibe, Rockford’s has this “my Grandpa’s shed” (only way cleaner) vibe. There’s eclectic wall hangings from sports team photos to a stuffed cat (it died of natural causes), and it all just works. Of course, it’s all very stylish and tidy at the same time.
Then there’s the wine. Hot tip: if you ever want to really impress someone who knows their stuff about wine, giving them a bottle of Rockford’s is a good way to go. Their wine is seriously top-notch, especially the Basket Press, although I really like the Rod & Spur too. Make sure it’s someone you like that you’re trying to impress, by the way, otherwise just keep it for yourself!
The thing about Rockford’s is that even though their wine is stupidly good, they are super down to earth and friendly. You frequently hear the head winemaker referred to as “Rocky”, and most of the time you end up having a chat with the staff like you’re old friends.
The only downside about Rockford’s is that due to its awesomeness, it can get very busy. I’d
Address: 131 Krondorf Road, Tanunda | Opening Hours: 11:00am to 5:00pm every day except Christmas Day, New Years Day, Good Friday and the 3rd Sunday in May | Prices from: $25 (a more premium winery) | Website
Grant Burge Winery
Grant Burge is another of the “grandfathers” of the Barossa Valley wine industry, and you might even see wines from this label overseas. While I tend to prefer the tasting experience at smaller wineries, I really loved the vibe at Grant Burge, and the wine is fabulous.
In fact, Grant Burge makes what I consider to be my favourite wine of all time – the Holy Trinity GSM. I can’t get enough of that wine, so I just had to make it to the cellar door to check it out.
The setting of the Cellar Door is absolutely beautiful, with vineyards all around. There’s also a great selection of wines, from sparkling right through to fortified. There’s no limit on what you can taste, but maybe pace yourself just a little (or don’t – no judgement here).
There’s also a great cafe which is a lovely spot to stop for lunch and have a delicious platter.
As Grant Burge is one of the biggest names in the Barossa, this winery does get quite busy. I’d recommend trying to go on off-season or mid-week, as when it is really crowded, try as the staff do, it’s hard to get much individual attention.
Address: 279 Krondorf Road, Tanunda | Opening Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Good Friday | Prices from: $10 | Website
David Franz Wines*
A newer offering to the Barossa Valley, I discovered David Franz winery while checking out the Barossa Valley hop on, hop off bus tour. I took the tour to push myself out of my comfort zone and find some great new wineries – and boy, was I glad I found David Franz wines.
The setting is so beautiful, with a true “million dollar view” out over the vineyards. The cellar door has definitely been designed to take advantage of this mesmerising view, and you can even taste out on the verandah. You do pay to taste here, and there’s a couple of different levels of tastings. As usual, the tasting fees are reimbursable if you buy something.
As well as tasting, you can also buy some delicious and laidback food (we had fresh prawns and sausage rolls), and enjoy wine by the glass. It was a scorching hot 40 degrees during our visit, and a glass of cold Rose on the verandah went down a treat! PS – I’m kind of obsessed with the Rose’s label.
The service was friendly and relaxed, with the head
Address: 94 Stelzer Road Stone Well, Tanunda | Opening Hours: 11:00am – 5:00pm every day | Prices from: $22 (a more premium winery) | Website
Rolf Binder Wines
When you think of wine, you might think of airs and graces, fanciness and snobbery. This stereotype will be totally obliterated by a visit to Rolf Binder Wines. I love this winery for its laidback, funny service, and the great wine.
I’m not sure if we got co-owner Rolf Binder (that’s Rolf Binder Jr, the son of the winery’s namesake), on a particularly good day, but his dry sense of humour had us in stitches. From the moment he arrived, on a tractor, after we pressed a button on the empty bar, we knew we were in for a great time. PS – I love that this winery is co-owned and produced by a woman, Christa Deans.
The wine is quite different to others I’ve tried in the Barossa, probably due to the Binders’ Hungarian heritage, which has influenced their wine. I really enjoyed it, and we ended up going away with a bottle of the flagship Bull’s Blood wine.
It was a little like being served a wine tasting by Bernard Black, which was right up my alley. There’s a $5 tasting fee, which is redeemable on purchase.
Address: Seppeltsfield Road, Tanunda | Opening Hours:
The Best Wineries in Lyndoch
I’m very partial to Lyndoch because it’s where I got married. Yes, I got married in a winery – woo! Here are my top picks for the best Barossa Valley wineries in Lyndoch.
Kies Family Wines
With a central location in Lyndoch, Kies Family Wines is somewhere I’ve had the pleasure of visiting many times – and I have a great experience on every occasion.
The winery is set in an old building which houses the cellar door, a small gift shop (with lots of cute and quirky teapots) and a cafe. As an aside, I really recommend the cafe as one of the more affordable and tasty options for lunch in the Barossa.
The cellar door is a stand-up experience where you’re taken through all of the impressive wine list. Kies does seem to be on the fairly well-trodden bus tour path, so personally I think it pays to visit mid-week or in the low season, as you’re more likely to get a more personal experience. The staff do a great job dealing with the crowds, but there’s only so much you can do when there’s 20+ wine drinkers waiting for their tasting!
If you do arrive when it’s quieter, you can expect to have a fabulous chat about the history of the winery, wine, and pretty much everything else. It’s definitely one of the friendliest wineries in the Barossa, as you can tell by the number of regulars who swing by and are warmly greeted by their first names. Definitely worth the $2 tasting fee.
Address: Barossa Valley Way, Lyndoch | Opening Hours: 9:00am – 4:00pm, seven days a week | Prices from: $20 | Website
Chateau Yaldara/1847 Wines
This is another one of the big producers in the Barossa, and I believe it is now owned by an overseas company. In all honesty, I feel like the quality of the wine is not as good since the take over, but then in further honesty, I am hardly a sommelier so who knows.
Anyway, the main reason I love this cellar door is because it is one of the grandest and most beautiful in the Barossa. While many wineries are tucked away in little old barns (that I love, to be fair), this one is basically in a mansion. It’s very beautiful, and fun to pretend you’re rich and fancy when you visit.
The staff are also wonderful and friendly, and there’s usually some kind of cool art exhibit going on upstairs. If you’re looking for an all-around experience rather than just tasting wine, I think you might really like this place.
Address: Hermann Thum Drive, Lyndoch | Opening Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm every day except Easter Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day | Prices from: $18 | Website
Barossa Chateau/Lyndoch Hill
Another impressive place to visit in the Barossa is Barossa Chateau (very creative name, there, folks!). Like Chateau Yaldara, I personally think that the setting is better than the wine, but hey, sometimes you just want to go somewhere pretty rather than gulp down fermented wine juice.
You can taste at Chateau Barossa, however they also have a super cute cafe where you can have a proper cream tea – scones and all. It is adorable and well worth a visit.
Another part of the estate that I love (although not for the wine) is Lyndoch Hill. Full disclosure – I chose this as the venue for my wedding; so, you could say that I kind of rate the setting. In particular, I love the beautiful gardens and especially the rose garden out the back.
In many ways, Chateau Barossa reminds me of an English National Trust property – just with wine. No wonder Queen Liz visited! So, if you are looking for somewhere to have a nice high tea, perhaps with a side of wine, definitely check it out.
Address: 35 Hermann Thumm Drive, Lyndoch | Opening Hours: 10:00am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday, 10:00am – 2:30pm Sundays | Prices from: $18 | Website
Best Wineries in Angaston
I love beautiful Angaston. This adorable town is particularly gorgeous in spring, when there are amazing purple jacarandas lining the streets. Make sure you don’t leave without trying some cheese from the Barossa Valley Cheese Company!
Taste Eden Valley
Let me say straight away – this is not your typical cellar door. It’s not located at a winery, but is instead a “tasting room” where all different producers have their wine, and you can do a taste of many different labels at once.
Basically, the Eden Valley is a lesser-known part of the Barossa, that has a different climate. As a result, it’s more known for its white wine than for its reds. Because I am stuck in my ways, and just love red wine, I haven’t tasted in this part of the Barossa extensively – and it also seems there are a lot of smaller producers there that don’t have their own cellar doors.
That’s why I love the Eden Valley Tasting Room. It’s a co-op between a bunch of family-run wineries, so you can taste all sorts at once. Of course you can then purchase wine direct from the store, or it might inspire you to take a deeper dive into this sub-region.
They also do tasty platters, and wine by the glass.
Address: 6-8 Washington Street, Angaston | Opening Hours: 10:00am to 5:00pm except public holidays | Prices from: $15 | Website
Best Wineries in Rowland Flat
This area is dwarfed by its biggest name: Jacob’s Creek, but there are actually a number of fabulous wineries in the region. Here are my favourites.
Lou Miranda Estate
We actually first stopped at Lou Miranda Estate by mistake, as another winery we were looking for was closed. Call it “serendipity”, because it ended up being one of our favourite stops of the day.
Located in a unique, castle-like building, there is a large room with a restaurant to one side, and the tasting area to the other. The friendly staff will happily chat away with you as you make your way through their very impressive tasting list. There’s a great variety of reds, whites and sparkling varieties.
In fact, Lou Miranda’s wine ended up being the pick of our English friends’, who especially loved their sparkling. I think perhaps some of their wine is a little more approachable for those who prefer not to be smacked over the head with a massive Shiraz right away, so I definitely recommend it for people just getting started with Barossa wine.
Address: 1876 Barossa Valley Way, Rowland Flat | Opening Hours: 10:30am – 4:00pm on weekdays, 11:00am to 4:00pm on weekends | Prices from: $23 | Website
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Right. I’m going to be totally honest here – Jacob’s Creek is not my idea of a great wine tasting experience. I actually don’t like their wine, and I find their cellar door a bit too cold and impersonal for my tastes.
That said, it’s probably the biggest name in the Barossa Valley, and I know that many people from abroad want to visit. I totally get that, and especially the appeal of tasting somewhere that you know you can get their wine at home later. It’s really nice to be able to bring a bottle of vino to a dinner party and smugly say, “oh, I bought you this bottle, I just loved this when I was there. Did I tell you I’ve been to the Barossa Valley?”
For this reason, and that I do think it’s a good introduction to wine in the Barossa, I have included Jacob’s Creek on my list of best Barossa Valley wineries. There’s also a cool sign out the front, and a small wine-making museum.
Address: Barossa Valley Way, Rowland Flat | Opening Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm every day Good Friday and Christmas Day | Prices from: $12 | Website
With a name that roughly translates to “I love wine”, I just knew I had to visit this off-the-beaten path winery. I’m so glad I did, as it was quite the unique and memorable experience!
It was a bit of an adventure trying to find Liebichwein, and then once we did, we approached a big warehouse. Inside, we were greeted by Ron Liebich, head winemaker, himself, who took us through their impressive wine list. The fortifieds, in particular, were delicious!
We loved our tasting experience with Ron, who is first and foremost a winemaker who seriously knows his stuff. He’s the quintessential, down-to-earth, no frills wine maker. He just loves making (and drinking) wine, and is happy for others to enjoy it – there’s no fuss and no pretences, just great wine and a great experience.
With so many highly polished places (as much as I love them) it was great the experience something different, a true family-run winery where the emphasis is on the quality of the wine (and enjoying it with friends) rather than flashy marketing or the like. It’s definitely a hidden gem that I will be returning to!
Address: 151 Steingarten Road Rowland Flat | Opening Hours: 11:00am – 5:00pm Thursday to Monday (closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day) | Prices from: $19 | Website
There are many other wineries dotted around smaller parts of the Barossa. Here are my pick of the best Barossa Valley wineries elsewhere.
Murray Street Vineyards (Greenock)
In terms of a setting for a wine tasting, it doesn’t get much better than Murray Street Vineyards. Rather than your typical stand-up-at-the-bar experience, at Murray Street Vineyards you take a seat at one of the comfortable tables out on the patio, and wait for the wine tasting to come to you.
It’s a wonderful, laidback way to do a wine tasting. It also helps that MSV stays open until 5pm, a little later than most wineries, so especially in autumn and winter, you can sit out on the patio while the sun goes down. The late closing time means the winery is also a good “last stop” on your wine tour.
It’s not just the setting that I really love at Murray Street Vineyards, but also the wine. It’s definitely some of my favourite wine in the Barossa – especially the big, bold Shiraz. If I’m looking to spend a little extra on a nice bottle of wine, I’m more than happy to do so at MSV.
Address: Murray Street, Greenock | Opening Hours: 10:00am to 5:00pm every day except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day New Year’s Day and Good Friday | Prices from: $20 | Website
Bethany Wines (Bethany)*
Bethany Wines is quite a different offering in the Barossa, because they tend to have more emphasis on white wine rather than the reds, which are generally most well-known in the region. Even I, a stubborn red wine fan, have to admit it’s great to have some variety on your tour. Bethany also does a white known as “the red drinker’s white”, which (surprise surprise) I really liked.
Another thing I l-o-o-o-o-ve about Bethany Wines is the town it’s in. The town of Bethany is one of the oldest towns in all of South Australia, with a very strong German heritage. It is so pretty, and you can see some very historic buildings in the little town. Bethany Wines itself has a great little viewpoint where you can look over the town.
Anyway, back to the important stuff – the wine tasting. Bethany is another friendly and unpretentious winery, with a fab wine list. They also do platters out in front of the winery, so you can look out on the great view. Of course, wine can be bought by the glass (or the bottle – you do you) to enjoy with your platter.
Address: 378 Bethany Rd, Tanunda SA 5352 | Opening Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm Monday – Saturday, 1:00pm to 5:00pm Sunday | Prices from: $25 (a more premium winery) | Website
Te Aro Estate (Williamstown)
Te Aro Estate is a little bit away from the rest of the wineries on this list, although it’s still an easy addition to your day trip around the Barossa (I’d recommend making it either your first or last stop). It’s located right on the main street of Williamstown, which is a cute small town about 15 minutes from Gawler.
The cellar door is nestled in
There’s a really good selection of wines, including some more unusual varieties. Often the Barossa is Shiraz, Shiraz, Cab Sav, GSM, Shiraz – but not Te Aro! If you’re interested in trying out some different grapes like Tempranillo, Mataro and Barbera, it’s definitely worth tasting at Te Aro.
They also do tasty food platters if you’re needing to soak up some of that delicious wine. Highly recommend!
Address: 20 Queen Street, Williamstown | Opening Hours: 11:00am – 4:00pm Thursday to Sunday | Prices from: $24 (a more premium winery) | Website