This article is sponsored by South Australian Tourism Commission.
While a day in the Barossa is undoubtedly best spent with a wine in hand, there's so much more to explore among the lush scenery. From taking to the sky in a hot air balloon (no, seriously), to exploring a gourmet food wonderland and sipping wine as old as you, the Barossa is a feast for all of the senses. Loosen your belt buckle, prepare your sense of adventure and of course get ready to be blown away by some seriously good wine. Ahead, our
top five things to do in the Barossa.
1. Hot Air Ballooning, Barossa
Image Source: Barossa Valley Ballooning Barossa Valley (Image courtesy of South Australian Tourism Commission)
If you set your alarm early, you can drink in the Barossa from a different angle by experiencing the oldest form of flight.
And let's be honest, hot air ballooning is a once-in-a-lifetime bucket list item everyone should experience at some point in their lives, it's just a matter of when and where. You'll be consumed by complete tranquillity, soaking in panoramic views as you glide over the vineyards and rolling hills of the Barossa ranges. What you'll see? Historic towns, green plains, lush paddocks and the majestic Murray River.
From the epic view of the balloon you can watch the sun rise, breathe in fresh air and yes, toast your return to earth with a glass of the region's finest sparkling wines, before refuelling with a breakfast feast. You can get high with
Barossa Valley Ballooning or Barossa Balloon Adventures.
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2. Seppeltsfield Estate, Barossa
Image Source: Seppeltsfeld Winery Barossa Valley (Image courtesy of South Australian Tourism Commission)
Spend the afternoon immersed in the history of a true Barossa legend, sipping wine as old (or young) as you are at
Seppeltsfield. Founded in 1851, it's arguably the Barossa's most iconic winery. The historic bluestone cellars produce a plethora of award-winning wines which stand tall among the world's best, including the sublime 100-year-old Para Vintage Tawny. You can also drink in the history of Seppeltsfield and descend into stone cellars dating back to 1878 to taste your own birth-year Tawny directly from the barrel. The extra special experience is all guided by a Seppeltsfield wine educator in the beautiful Centennial Cellar. If by this time you've worked up an appetite sipping your way around, take a seat at the home of progressive regional dining, Fino Seppeltsfield. Located in the heart of Seppeltsfield Estate, it shares the original 1900s bottling hall with Seppeltsfield's cellar door and serves contemporary regionally-sourced cuisine.
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3. Vasse Virgin, Seppeltsfield
Image Source: Vasse Virgin at Seppeltsfeld Barossa Valley (Photo by Bita Forouzesh)
In the heart of Barossa's wine country, it's not just your taste-buds that are in for a treat. Tucked in the historic vinegar factory on the picturesque grounds of Seppeltsfield Estate,
Vasse Virgin Barossa produces all-natural, handmade skin and body care products. Visit the factory and see how the olive oil-based products are made using age-old traditional techniques, stock up in the retail shop or sample from the gourmet range of olive oil and local produce. Get hands-on during the lip-balm workshop, learning how to create your very own natural lip balm using organic ingredients like honey, shea butter and beeswax. Alternatively, blend your own signature fragrance using essential oils on the natural perfumery workshop.
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4. Hentley Farm, Seppeltsfield
Image Source: Hentley Farm - Cellar Door Barossa Valley (Image courtesy of South Australian Tourism Commission and Sven Kovac)
Nestled among the rolling green hills of the Barossa,
Hentley Farm's award-winning cellar door is the perfect place to unwind with a glass (or two) of seriously good wine. Housed in a cosy 1840s cottage, complete with an open fire place, exposed stone walls and wood beam ceilings, this boutique cellar door in the heart of Seppeltsfield oozes historic charm and embodies the rich culture of the Barossa. If you're feeling hungry, wander over to the award-winning, on-site restaurant of the same name for an epic feast. It has an impressive resume of international awards under its belt, meaning you'll be wining and dining from a menu of the highest quality local produce. It's sourced from the farm's 150 acres, including foraged ingredients growing wild, as well as fruit, vegetables and herbs grown on site. Loosen your belt buckle and settle in – you'll probably be here a while.
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5. Barossa Farmers Market, Angaston
Image Source: Barossa Farmers Market Barossa Valley (Image courtesy of South Australian Tourism Commission and Sven Kovac)
There's no better place to experience the Barossa's unique culture and gourmet food offerings than at the Barossa Farmers Market. Armed with a local
Barossa Walks guide by your side, you'll be fully immersed in the sights, sounds and tastes of this buzzing Saturday hotspot. Helmed as the ultimate foodie experience, you'll be introduced to the producers behind the food, hear their stories, taste the incredible local produce and learn how to create the ultimate picnic featuring a star-studded line up of the region's best produce. With over 80 wineries, some of the best drinking and dining experiences in the world and beautiful scenery, the Barossa is a foodie's actual dream. For more info, head here.
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