The Barossa Trip
The Barossa Valley, just an hour or so north of South Australia’s capital city, Adelaide, is arguably, the best known and most prolific wine producing district in Australia and although I’d been there previously for short day visits from Adelaide, I wanted to spend a little more time in the area, soak up the atmosphere, and indeed some of the wines.
Saturday and Sunday were spent travelling to Adelaide, via Melbourne, by rail and then bus, arriving in Adelaide at about 7pm on Sunday evening.
Monday was a wild and woolly day with storms, high winds and some hail but we got to Tanunda OK, only to find ourselves in the midst of a power blackout. It was about a 2k walk from the middle of town out to the Motel, and I must have done that walk to/from about 3 times a day over the full days I had in Tanunda.
Some of the wineries are within easy walking distance of town and most have cellar doors so I did a fair bit of walking on the Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday was great, because I did a Wine Lovers Tour with about 4 other people in a mini-van and we visited about 6 different wineries, tasting various wines at each one, learning about the history of the valley, and its people as well.
Friday had me catching the bus back to Adelaide before an afternoon flight back to Sydney. I haven’t flown for a while and it was a Boeing 737 which played merry havoc with my ears on the descent.
Ear pain short term distress aside, I enjoyed visiting the Barossa it so much that I hope to go back next year, maybe for 1 less full day, and fly return and visit a few of the wineries I missed, and maybe return to some I really liked. That’s the plan anyway. Cheers!