Must-visit Barossa cellar doors

By Halliday Promotion

10 Jul, 2018

The Barossa is one of Australia's best-loved wine regions for its rich heritage and rich, red wines. It's jam-packed with great experiences, from its inviting cellar doors to its top restaurants and outdoor attractions, so we've whittled it down to the standout wineries here.

St Hugo

The ruins of William Jacob's (one of the early settlers to the region) winery, built more than 150 years ago, have been lovingly restored to become the home of St Hugo. The space was created by Colin Gramp in honour of his father, Hugo Gramp, whose vision remains influential to the label today. The experience begins as you enter the driveway, which is bordered by cork trees that were planted more than 50 years ago by Hugo's son, Colin. There are only a few of this type of tree in Australia and they make a fitting welcome to this special place. Get comfortable at the lounge and be guided through a flight of wines, wander through the vineyards, or go all out with a degustation menu at the restaurant.

Perfect for: Getting a taste of the region’s history. Open 10.30am to 4.30pm daily.

On pour: chardonnay, riesling, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, grenache, mataro, red blends. | 08 8115 9200 | 2141 Barossa Valley Way, Rowland Flat

Peter Lehmann cellar door

Peter Lehmann Wines

A trip to the Barossa is not complete without a visit to the Peter Lehmann winery. Peter Lehmann was known for his great hospitality and this spirit lives on via the cellar door. Located at the heart of the old stone winery building dating back to the 1880s, at the cellar door there are more than 40 wines on pour – from rich, old-vine shiraz to award-winning riesling – and the friendly, knowledgeable staff will be on hand to guide you through the options. An open fire awaits you here on cold days, and in warmer weather the beautiful gardens and creek-side lawn are scattered with picnic tables inviting you outside. If you’re feeling peckish, enjoy a light lunch on the verandah or the popular Weighbridge platter – a tribute to the time Peter Lehmann spent catching up with his growers over charcuterie, cheese and wine at the end of long days.

Perfect for: A private wine tasting experience for groups of two to 20, showcasing the very best Peter Lehmann Wines. A tour of Tanunda, stopping at the famous Apex Bakery along the way. Open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 5pm, and weekends from 10.30am to 4pm.

On pour: shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, grenache, chardonnay, riesling, rosé, sparkling. | 08 8565 9555 | Para Road, Tanunda

Hutton Vale cellar door

Hutton Vale Farm

Open by appointment only, Hutton Vale Farm is the place to book for an intimate experience of the Barossa. Located on one of Australia's oldest working farms, here, you can relax into the rhythm of country life, enjoying the passion and hospitality of the sixth- and seventh-generation owners. And since you’re slowing down, why not make a weekend of it by dropping off your bags at the onsite accommodation? Do as much or as little as you like, with nature walks, vineyard and farm tours, vertical wine tastings, and generous, seasonal lunches within the beautiful walled garden or historic cellar all options for your visit. If you want to really indulge, join Hutton Vale Farm in celebrating its 175th anniversary, with an experience that includes a private plane in for lunch, a wine tasting featuring rare back vintages, and a selection of wines to take home.

Perfect for: An intimate experience of the region – book in for your private tasting, lunch or overnight stay. 

On pour: riesling, cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, grenache-mataro blends. | 08 8564 8270 | 65 Stone Jar Road, Angaston

Jacob’s Creek

Not only is Jacob’s Creek home to vines dating back to 1847, but it’s also one of the Barossa’s hospitality highlights, offering visitors the chance to blend their own wines, take part in cooking classes, learn about food and wine pairing, head out on vineyard tours and more. The award-winning restaurant, with its menu of regional produce and spectacular views, is a tempting spot to settle in. Otherwise, you can sidle up to the tasting bench for a sampling of the wide range of wines.

Perfect for: Families, with tennis courts, lawn games and picnic packs to enjoy. Wine and food education. Open 10am to 5pm daily. 

On pour: chardonnay, riesling, sauvignon blanc, pinot gris, prosecco, moscato, pinot noir, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, grenache, mataro, red blends. | 08 8521 3000 | 2129 Barossa Valley Way, Rowland Flat

Chateau Yaldara

Inspired by the Baroque architecture of Europe, Chateau Yaldara is one of the region’s most grandly designed wineries. Its stone buildings, marked with the label’s crest, are surrounded by neatly sculpted gardens that invite spreading out with a selection from the onsite produce shop for a gourmet picnic. If you’d rather someone else prepare your food for you, enjoy a leisurely lunch at Hermann’s Restaurant. And at the cellar door, there’s a savvy team on hand to curate a wine tasting especially for you.

Perfect for: A winery experience with Old World charm. Open daily from 10am to 5pm.

On pour: The selection changes on a monthly basis, featuring new releases and seasonal favourites. | 08 8524 0225 | 159 Hermann Thumm Drive, Lyndoch

Find everything you need to know about the Barossa in our essential guide