Barossa Valley accommodation
When you discuss Australian wine, one particular name crops up time after time. Barossa Valley, around 70 kilometres northeast of Adelaide, is famous throughout Australia, as well as the world. Settled back in 1842, this spectacular place is now home to 150 or so wineries and represents the ultimate wine holiday destination in South Australia. If you're looking for that picture-perfect tasting extravaganza, book an Accor hotel in Barossa Valley immediately.
Weather in Barossa Valley
Summer is the best time to visit, as the sunny season brings with it temperatures that frequently approach 28 degrees Celsius with minimal rainfall. Don't exclude winter, however, as there's no reason you can't enjoy a drop of red in crisp, cool air or a next to a roaring fire.
What to do in Barossa Valley
Before you delve into wine tasting, why not take a tour to situate yourself properly? Don't just look at a bird's-eye view on a map, get up in the air yourself with in an air balloon tour. Balloon Adventures, one of the oldest balloon companies in the state, offer an impeccable safety record coupled with an experienced, knowledgeable pilot. Its tour starts at sunrise, saunters through the air for an hour, then ends with a hearty breakfast and some wine tasting.
To stretch your legs a bit and soak in some nature, drive around 40 minutes from your Novotel Barossa Valley Resort to visit the Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park. Explore the bush on one of two walking tracks, take pictures of the stunning panoramas available at the lookout points and keep an eye out for kangaroos, echidnas and possums.
Wine in Barossa Valley
No trip to the Barossa Valley would be complete without an extensive wine tasting experience.
There are numerous tours available in the area offering a diverse range of wine and food possibilities. One such is the popular Barossa Unique Tours private chauffeur company. On your own private trike, or in a luxury Jeep, let Barossa local Tony Tscharke guide you through the best wineries in the area with his extensive background winemaking knowledge.
If you'd prefer to rent a car and go it alone, however, then your options are only as limited as your explorer's spirit. Make your first stop one of Australia's oldest wineries and chateau's, Chateau Tanunda - established in the 1800s. Visit their cellar door, grab a picnic basket and select from a range of local lunch options to accompany a bottle of their exquisite wine, relax on their immaculate lawns, or book into a guided tour of the grounds to hear its history.
Other wineries you need to visit are Hentley Farm, Grant Burge, Rockford and Richmond Grove.
Accommodation in Barossa Valley
When you are treating your taste buds with fine wine, you should also treat the rest of yourself by staying at luxury Barossa Valley accommodation. Conveniently located near the heart of the area, the Novotel Barossa Valley Resort offers 140 comfortable rooms, each with their own Jacuzzi, as well as a fitness centre, swimming pool, jogging track and nearby golf course. If you grow tired of driving, or want a big meal before you leave each morning, you can also try on-site restaurant, Harry's, for some excellent local produce at breakfast, lunch or dinner.