The Barossa Valley is world-renowned as one of the finest wine-producing regions in the world. The warmer climate here is perfect for growing superb Shiraz, with the signature wine being big, bold reds. As wine lovers, we had it on the very top of our bucket list during our visit to South Australia. We were interested to join one of the Barossa Valley Tours that take care of all the logistics, as we planned on tasting as much wine as we could.
Also keen to taste some of the best produce sourced from the area, we searched for the best food tour in Barossa Valley that would also include visits to the winery. And we found one!
Our driver-guide Phil collected us from Adelaide Central station with a big smile. We hopped onto our comfortable coach for the day and settled in for a good day.
The group was made of 20 passengers today, all keen to taste the best of what this region has to offer. We left the city behind and made our way through the gorgeous maple tree-lined streets of North Adelaide.
It wasn’t long before we hit the highway on our way to the Barossa Valley to start off the best food tour in Barossa Valley in style.
Wine and cheese to start the day – yes, please!
The first stop of the day was Pindarie Winery, a gorgeous property surrounded by rolling vineyards. Our group gathered in a stunning farmhouse room as our host, Stuart guided us through six different wine tastings.
Most importantly, we were invited to snack on some local triple cream brie, pecorino cheese and quince paste with crackers. Naturally, this helped us to appreciate these delicious red wines.
The information provided about the wine-making process at this winery was wonderful.
After the wine tasting was complete, tea and coffee with a chocolate brownie were served. And had a chance to appreciate the sweeping views of the property. This was already feeling like the best day ever!
Maggie Beer’s Farmshop
It’s back to the coach and on the way to our next stop. Passing through some charming little towns along the way was a nice surprise.
My favourites were Tanunda and Nuriootpa. Shortly after, we arrive at a lovely property sitting on the edge of a picturesque lake, surrounded by olive and quince trees.
This was Maggie Beer’s Farmshop and restaurant. This is where you can taste some of her yummy preserves, oils, jams, and goods.
Best Food Tour in Barossa Valley – So many delicious things to taste!
I was excited to find that the cooking show ‘The Cook and the Chef’ was filmed right here. It was kind of cool to stand on the same kitchen TV set as Maggie Beer. I’ve admired her style of cooking for many years.
Above all, you can purchase all of Maggie’s products in the shop. Even though major supermarkets stock many of Maggie Beer products, I found a few that were only available to buy only here.
After stocking up on some goods for our pantry, we were back on the road. Weaving our way through the rolling hills of the Barossa Valley we reached our lunch stop. Naturally, this would include more wine tastings. Bring it on! The reason I chose one of these Barossa Valley Tours is for the combo of great food, paired with delicious wine.
Two-course lunch with stunning views
Lunchtime! I’ll be honest with you, I had been looking forward to this part of our wine and food tour of Barossa Valley for days now. It didn’t disappoint. Lambert Estate Winery is another stunning property. Both inside and out.
We were guided through a structured wine tasting by our host. This tasting included a mixture of white and red wine. Wow, the white wine was on par with the quality of the reds!
As our host provided tasting notes and information, we were treated to our first course, an antipasto board. Yum.
There was a little time between courses to explore the winery. This was a perfect opportunity to capture some photos of the vineyard. The contrast of the autumn colours of the area were so pretty. Set against the clear blue sky, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Then it was time to go back to the dining table to enjoy lunch. Platters of beef & chicken fillets alongside fresh lentil and barley salads are served. Also green salads and potato wedges.
A few more tastings of the lovely Lambert Estate wines before finishing with a nice surprise. A chocolatier is a fortified wine with hints of chocolate. The perfect way to finish.
Wine and chocolate go perfectly together
After that super satisfying two-course lunch we pushed on to our next stop. This one was quite unique. Wine and chocolate paired together at Barossa Valley Chocolate Company.
I have to admit, sparkling dry white wine pairs well with white chocolate. Also, I would never have guessed that Moscato tastes lovely paired with milk chocolate.
A few more stunning views before we leave…
Before we depart the gorgeous Barossa Valley region, we had a chance to snap a few more photos. First at Mengler Hill Lookout. And then on the drive through the avenue of palms at Seppeltsfield. So beautiful. The drive back to Adelaide was very relaxing.
Firstly a special thank you to our wonderful guide, Phil. He was funny, friendly, and very knowledgeable. Likewise, thank you to the team at Adelaide Sightseeing for hosting us on this food and wine experience of Barossa Valley.
We highly recommend this company for the best Barossa Valley Tours. The perfect way to experience the spectacular Barossa Valley. Book this Food & Wine Tour.
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Rach is a self-confessed travelling foodie. Her passion for food and culture has seen her eat her way through 190 countries. She's currently on a big food adventure to visit EVERY country in the world!
When Rach isn't travelling, you can find her at the beach, drinking coffee or wine with friends or chowing down on the best eats around her home city of Melbourne, Australia.