Butcher, Baker and Winemaker – Barossa Valley
Comprising of two valleys, one being the Barossa and the other Eden Valley, this region is famous throughout the world for producing wines from such notable labels as Penfolds, Henschke, Wolf Blass and Peter Lehmann to name but a few. With a distinctively Mediterranean heritage, largely left over from the early European settlers, and a climate that mirrors the famous Med’s own, The Barossa has developed a distinctive regional cuisine that is buoyed by the famous vines but also the fresh local produce that sprouts so readily in this rich fertile landscape.
A bounty of home baked breads, smoked meats, cakes, cheese, noodles, honey, olive oil and more are all made fresh in the region and all go down surprisingly well when accompanied by a glass (or bottle) of the famous Langmeil Shiraz, or a clean, crisp glass of an acclaimed Eden Valley Riesling.
By following the Butcher, Baker and Winemaker Trail, you can pick and choose your stops along the way depending upon your taste, time and of course preferred tipple. Here are a few must visits to whet your appetite.Lyndoch Lavender Farm and Café
With 80 different varieties grown onsite, the choice of lavender products for the home, self, garden and soul is endless. Try delicious lavender scones, a steaming cup of lavender tea, or really make nana proud and indulge in lavender ice cream with a sprinkling of lavender coated chocolate on top.
Where: Cnr Hoffnungsthal and Tweedies Gully Road, Lyndoch
Chateau Tanunda Estate
There are cellar doors around every corner, but if there is one you simply cannot miss it is this one. Built in 1890 and stunningly restored to its fully working best, Chateau Tanunda’s is said to be the birthplace of the Barossa, with the first vines in the region planted in 1845. Taste test from barrels of maturing wines made from handpicked grapes, basket-pressed, neither fined nor filtered and enjoy a VIP guided tour - this is Barossa winemaking at its stellar best.
Where: Basedow Road, Tanunda
Maggie Beers Farm Shop
An icon on the Australian gastronomy scene, Maggie Beer’s eponymous farm serves up excellent coffee, complemented by the most scrumptious of cakes, savouries and hearty home fashioned meals plus the chance to enjoy a daily Verjuice cooking school at 2pm. Maggie is regularly in residence, so you might even manage a chat with the luminous Maggie herself.
Where: Pheasant Farm Road, Nuriootpa (off Samuel Road)
Barossa Valley Cheese Co
The glorious aroma of freshly made cheese leads most to the Barossa Valley Cheese Co where you can taste, try and buy from almost 20 distinctive cow and goats milk cheese varieties. Cheeses including the popular camembert, brie, feta and washed rinds are all available and, for a celebration cake with a difference, try the Wedding Cheese Cake, which is a layered masterpiece of complimentary cheeses for lovers that prefer cheese over cake.
Where: 67B Murray Street, Angaston
There is so much more to experience in the beautiful Barossa, which is an easy drive of just over an hour’s duration from Adelaide. The undulating scenery is spectacular and the goodies that can be found along the Butcher, Baker and Winemaker trail some of the best gourmet and artisan produce you will find in Australia.