Wine Around Barossa Valley

Adelaide was the little city that came through for me. Like I said last time for the first few days I was a little bit hesitant about how long I’d end up staying there, it seemed pretty quiet and since I didn’t really have anything planned for while I was there, I thought I might end up a bit bored. Luckily for me, I ended up finding lots of fun stuff to do!

One of the main things I was looking forward to was a wine tour. Southern Australia is known for having great wine, and has a couple of different wine regions, the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. I decided to go with the company Groovy Grape Tours and do a tour of the Barossa Valley. This included 5 different wineries and a pizza lunch at the Saltram Winery. For $99 I thought that this was a pretty good deal and decided to head on the tour on a Saturday after I arrived.

Jacob's Creek

Trying out the shiraz at Jacob’s Creek

The tour started early, 7:30am, which I thought was a little bit unnecessary, seeing as our first stop was at “The World’s Largest Rocking Horse”…probably could have done without that and just gotten to the wine tasting honestly. Maybe that’s just the wino in me but I would have rather started a little bit later and just have gone to wineries instead.

Out of all the wineries I would say that Saltram was my favourite. The grounds and buildings were gorgeous and there was a lot of interesting history there, the winery is over 150 years old! Another thing that probably contributed to it being my favourite was the wine was really delicious and the pizza lunch was so so so good! All the wineries that we went to were good, but it’s hard to compete with the Okanagan¬†where I’m from.

Saltram Wine

Cute little building on the Saltram Winery grounds

We got back from the tour at around 5:30 and all in all it was a great day. Even though I was by myself all the people on the tour were super friendly so I always had someone to chat with, which when you’re drinking wine is pretty crucial. Overall I was happy with the Groovy Grape company and they do have some other tours that I heard from other travellers were really good. My only criticism I would say was that the driver/tour guide wasn’t super informative, I would’ve liked to have had more information as we were driving through the different areas.

 

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