Home to more than 150 wineries, idyllic luxury accommodation and dining with regional flair, it’s no surprise the Barossa Valley has become a hotspot for those who enjoy the finer things in life. To make the most of your visit, add these five experiences to your itinerary.
Penfolds Cellar Door
Penfolds is renowned throughout the world as a maker of fine Australian wine. During your visit to the Penfolds Cellar Door, you will have the opportunity to become part of the wine-making team when you make your own special version of Penfolds' delicious blend. Don your lab coast as you’re invited into the Winemaker's Laboratory and be guided through the blending experience. This is your opportunity to try to make a perfect Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro – just like Penfolds' own Bin 138. Afterwards, sample the famous Penfolds blend as well as your own creation. Leave the fulfilling experience with a bottle of your own wine with a personalised label that reads: “Assistant Wine-Maker”.
Learn to cook at Casa Carboni
Partial to a fresh bowl of pasta? Book a hands-on cooking class at Casa Carboni. Saturday morning classes begin with a tour of the Barossa Farmers Market, where you’ll collect local produce for your class. You’ll then prepare an Italian four-course lunch – including antipasto, fresh pasta, a main course and dessert – to be enjoyed at The Enoteca afterwards.
Stock up on local produce at Maggie’s Farm Shop
Restaurateur and Australian icon Maggie Beer has a shop in the Barossa Valley that sells an abundance of local products and serves lunch to hungry patrons. The shelves are lined with oils, vinegars, preserves and pickles and most are available to sample. Nab a table on the verandah and delve into a spread of Maggie’s finest – think game terrine wrapped in sour cream pastry, pâtés served with wood-fired bread and dessert made with fruit from the orchard.
Take to the skies with Barossa Valley Ballooning
Nothing says romance like a scenic hot air balloon ride. Enjoy breathtaking views across the Barossa Valley – from vineyards to the Barossa Ranges and towards the ocean – while you float high above the ground. Lift-off begins at dawn and flights last about an hour, followed by a delicious buffet breakfast replete with sparkling wine at Harry’s Restaurant.
Be pampered at Endota Spa
Within Novotel Barossa Valley Resort, Endota Spa offers decadent spa treatments to pamper you from top to toe. For the full-immersion experience, order the sublime four-hour Be-All-End-All. The treatment includes full-body exfoliation, yoghurt cocoon or hot oil wrap and full-body massage, culminating in a one-hour organic facial and pedicure. Divine!