Barossa, less than 100km north of Adelaide, is famous as one of the world's leading wine-producing regions, and enjoys a distinctive European heritage. Vine cuttings were brought from Europe (mostly from Germany) to Barossa and planted by the first settlers in the 1840s, and Barossa now has some of the world's oldest shiraz vines. Visitors to Barossa are spoilt for choice with some 50 wineries and cellar doors to visit, ranging from small family enterprises to major wine producers.

Barossa's regional cuisine strongly reflects a blend of old and new and you can sample a range of fine patés, chutneys, jams and vinegars sold from farm gates, cellar doors and restaurants. The Barossa Music Festival held every October attracts visitors from all over Australia and the world. Other highlights you might want to see in Barossa include the Southern Hemisphere's oldest and best-preserved German village of Bethany, and Seppeltsfield, which is Australia's grandest wine chateau.

Population

41,000

Climate

Mediterranean

Summer:
13 - 28°C
Winter: 5 - 14°C

Rainfall:
500mm/year (wettest months May - September)