The remarkable Barossa

By Halliday Promotion

18 Dec, 2019

Idyllic, historic and abundant with show-stopping wines, visit the Barossa for a taste of the old and new.

    Home to some of the most famous, historic wine producers in this country, South Australia’s Barossa is a dream destination for wine lovers. Just an hour’s drive from the heart of Adelaide, find out what makes this region so remarkable ahead.

    Henschke Cellar Door
    The Henschke cellar door

  • Henschke

  • Henschke is located in the beautiful Eden Valley, this cooler, higher altitude area part of the wider Barossa. Housed in the original 1860s Grain Barn at the family property in Keyneton, the structure was built by first-generation winemaker Johann Christian Henschke. The space includes an expansive tasting area, underground cellar and the Henschke Wine Room, which displays the winery’s full collection of ultra-premium, single-vineyard and small-parcel wines.

    Make time for: the Henschke shiraz flight, featuring the Mount Edelstone and The Wheelwright. Tastings of Hill of Grace Shiraz are reserved for the Hill of Grace Experience, which includes exclusive access to the Hill of Grace vineyard, a private tasting and tour. 

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    Guests in the St Hugo Restaurant

  • St Hugo

  • The St Hugo experience starts upon entering the driveway, surrounded by one of only a few plantations of cork trees in Australia. Planted more than 50 years ago by Colin Gramp (son of Hugo Gramp, the founder of the winery) they are a fitting welcome to the location. The home of St Hugo is located within the ruins of William Jacob’s winery, constructed more than 150 years ago. The additions to the site have been designed to tie in with the historic ruins. The site is comprised of both the St Hugo Wine Lounge and St Hugo Restaurant.

    Make time for: a superb degustation of regional cuisine in the St Hugo Restaurant. Or, for a wine-specific experience, take part in a guided tasting in the Wine Lounge, a vineyard visit and sample cellar door-exclusive wines.

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    Schild Estate Cellar Door
    The Schild Estate Moorooroo shiraz vineyards

  • Schild Estate

  • Look beyond the well-trodden trail and big names and head to the southern Barossa for artisan producers and intimate, welcoming cellar doors. Family-led Schild Estate is one winery in this area, offering personalised experiences in their estate tasting room, where you can sample a range of regionally grown varieties guided by staff (including their Moorooroo Shiraz, rated 99 points by James Halliday). Or, for a more laid-back experience, pull up a barrel at Hazel, the retro wine caravan, and enjoy a range of wines while taking in the view of the southern Barossa hills.

    Make time for: wine samples in the intimate Schild Estate tasting room, or for something a little sweeter, a guided wine and chocolate pairing. 

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    Lunch on the Peter Lehmann lawns

  • Peter Lehmann

  • Peter Lehmann established his iconic Tanunda-based winery in 1979 to help ensure the livelihood of Barossa grape growers after a period of hardship in the region. Today, the historic winery and cellar door offer visitors a glimpse into the Barossa’s rich history, as well as the opportunity to enjoy premium wines that speak of their origins. The winery shares the Barossa community’s sense of hospitality, and the cellar door team loves hosting visitors. On colder days, relax by the open fireplace and warm up with a quintessential Barossa shiraz, or when the weather is warm, enjoy the beautiful gardens and creek-side lawn scattered with picnic tables.

    Make time for: a private wine-tasting experience for groups of two to 20, or a picnic lunch on the historic Peter Lehmann veranda or lawns.

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    For more information on the Barossa region, check out our essential guide.

    *This article was produced by Halliday Wine Companion in partnership with the featured wineries.