Australia's most famous wine region was settled in 1839 by Lutheran peasants and English gentry. Vines were planted from the 1840s. There are now about 60 wineries, large and small and you can learn all about winemaking at the Barossa Wine Centre in Tanunda before setting off for a day of tasting and buying. We recommend taking a local tour if you want to avoid the problem of tasting and driving - or nominate one person to do all the driving and none of the drinking!
German style yeast cakes, smoked meats, smallgoods and preserved fruits have developed into a distinct cuisine and thriving specialty food industry. There are many local stores, notably in major towns such a Lyndoch, Tanunda, Angaston and Nuriootpa. There are plenty of antique, bric-a-brac, galleries and bookshops to reward earnest browsing.
For the best view of the patchwork of vineyards,visitors usually make their way to Menglers Hill. Many visitors enjoy birdwatching and walking in the Kaiser Stuhl Conservation Park and a visit the Whispering Wall where you can experience its unique acoustic phenomenon.
You can discover traces of gold fever during a visit to the Barossa Goldfields. Make sure you drive the Barossa's most memorable road: the long approach to Seppeltsfield Winery, lined with mature date and fan palms.