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10 top wineries to go to in the Barossa

I have been lucky enough to go to the Barossa in South Australia three times and I think it is my favourite wine region in Australia. Being one of the older regions it is well established with pretty heritage buildings and the food is also fantastic.

There’s the fancy fermentAsia in Tanunda, Maggie’s Beer’s farm shop for a casual lunch and Red Door Espresso for a great breakfast. The 1918 bistro and grill and the Tanunda bakery also have good food and seem to be favourites with the locals.

Tanunda is the best area to stay to be near all the action. I’ve stayed at Barossa Valley Apartments each time and can recommend their conveniently located self-contained two bedroom apartments with a swimming pool on the grounds.

My top 10 wineries in the Barossa are:

  1. Rockford Wines.

Rockford is my favourite winery in the Barossa. It has a small, cute cellar door, excellent service from the staff and interesting grounds with winemaking equipment.

  1. Charles Melton

Charles Melton serves a great lunch with affordable wines and excellent service. The rose is good and the reds are great. They also have a super cute border collie.

  1. Henschke

A little bit of a drive away from the main winery area, past a couple of Lutheran churches, you’ll find the beautiful hedged grounds of Henschke and an old cellar door.

  1. Pindarie

With a lovely veranda where you can enjoy a fine lunch with affordable wines, Pindarie makes a good pit stop for lunch.

  1. Wolf Blass

Wolf Blass is in a gorgeous modern building. They serve excellent food in the restaurant upstairs.

  1. Chateau Tanunda

The iconic Chateau Tanunda is a great castle-like building which even has a croquet ground.

  1. Chateau Yaldara/Barossa

Chateau Yaldara- now called Chateau Barossa- is another lovely old mansion with a fountain. It houses many wines from different wineries to try.

  1. Langmeil

Langmeil has consistently good red wines. With its cellar door conveniently located in town at Tanunda, it’s a great place to make up your case of 12 before sending it back home.

  1. Greenock Creek Vineyard and Cellars

With a very small, old underground cellar door, Greenock serves red wines only. They are a little on the expensive side, but worth it.

  1. Burge Family Winemakers

The Burge family are old established winemakers with new infamous wine dogs.

Happy hunting!

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Change is the new black

This year has been a year of changes for me. One of realisations, discoveries and learnings.

I have realised the strangeness of my past and accepted those things I cannot change. Rather than dwelling on what was not, instead I am looking towards what can be in the future and how I can change the patterns of the past.

I have discovered strength in myself that I never knew I had, as well as several professional strengths that I sort of knew were always there. Clarity of, and confidence in, these strengths is what will lead me to my next adventure in the New Year.

I have learnt how to be flexible and change my approach. A different path forged can sometimes be lonely, but prioritising what is important to you helps lead the way.

I have realised the greatness of people around me once again. Conversation, human nature and the desire of the majority to be friendly, helpful and kind.

I have discovered the joy of a little growing person who I actually get a kick out of spending time with. Going to the movies, the zoo or just being at home.

I have learnt a new appreciation of the city I live in. Drinking, dining and boating on the harbour. Date nights, work outings and hanging with friends.

The biggest change has been the discovery of exercise. That’s right, you heard it here first, this non-gym goer now has a personal trainer and loves it!

This year has also been a year of domestic travel. Back on the wine trail in Tasmania, the Barossa and the Hunter Valley with good friends and my small family of three.

Next year I look forward to more of the same, plus hopefully more international travel to destinations unknown. I can’t wait to realise my own potential, discover the value of a mentor and learn more about other people and places.

I have definitely achieved my end of year goals from 2014 of trying to appreciate the little things and dream bigger about the big things, beyond even what I had thought was possible.

Yes, change has definitely been the new black for me in 2015 and may 2016 continue this exciting trend.

Catch you in the New Year, and as always, thanks for reading.

Disclaimer: I can’t take credit for the title of this week’s blog post, but it got your attention didn’t it?!

P.S Thanks to all the website owners that have published my 2015 travel tales from Barcelona, traveling with kids, Sri Lanka and closer to home.

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It’s a winery thing

This month I am super excited to be going on a winery weekend away to the Barossa with a couple of my besties. This will be my third visit to the well-established wine region and it is my favourite in Australia so far due to its historical charm (i.e. old buildings).

I am an avid weekend wine tripper from way back and my husband and I have systematically worked our way around most of the states in Australia by wine region.

We have been to the Hunter Valley 6 times which is known for its Shiraz and Semillon and will be returning in June to prune my husband’s adopted vine at Drayton’s Family Wines. We also travelled to Tasmania in January to check out the Sauvignon Blanc down there.

I’ve sipped Pinot Noir at the Mornington Peninsula (Victoria) Winter Wine festival and had a personalised bottle of champagne made for me the French way. I’ve shared a Chardy with a famous wine dog at Voyager Estate in the Margaret River, WA, learned what a GSM is in McClaren Vale (Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre) and how to appreciate a good Riesling in the Clare Valley, SA. Next on the list is the Yarra Valley in VIC.

We usually drag a group of friends along with us and I’ve converted a red drinker to a white drinker and myself from a white drinker to a multi drinker in the process.

So what keeps me coming back for more winery trips?

Wine regions are typically set in scenically beautiful areas and are a great way to see the landscape away from the major cities. I always enjoy discovering a new part of the country this way.

It can be a lovely romantic trip for two and is also a great relaxing weekend away with friends. Even if we have been to a wine region before, going with different people usually means finding new hidden gems along the way.

Most wine regions also have good food to go with their great wine. Some of Australia’s best restaurants seem to be popping up in wine regions.

It’s also not a bad option with the kids. They don’t get bored, you can get tipsy during the day with free tastings (with one designated driver of course) and return to your self-catered apartment at night to polish off some new wine and cheese purchases from the day.

And of course it is the opportunity to try some different wines that peaks our interest. Each winery is a new cellar door to explore and new varieties I’ve never heard of to taste. Discovering a new favourite wine to enjoy when you get back home is one of the best ways to keep the memory of a good trip lasting.

Beautiful surroundings, great friends, good food and tasty wine- what’s not to love?

I can almost taste that Barossa Shiraz now…

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