The beautiful Barossa Valley is a bucket list destination of with wineries, gourmet food, luxury accommodation and natural beauty. Located just over one hour’s drive northeast of Adelaide. The well known wine region’s main towns include Tanunda, Nurioopta, Angaston, Lyndoch and Williamstown all showcasing treasures for all guests to enjoy. A self drive escape is a great way to explore the Barossa Valley via the scenic route from Adelaide on the North East road, through Chain of Ponds to Williamstown and Lyndoch.
For accommodation, the Novotel Barossa Valley has a picturesque setting overlooking rolling hills and Jacob’s Creek vineyard, a newly renovated dining room and 4-star accommodation ranging from studio superior rooms, spa rooms and two bedroom apartments. The Novotel Barossa Valley and Cellar Kitchen restaurant have partnered with Saskia Beer to bring Barossa directly to your table.
The menu is designed to showcase the freshest seasonal produce with an approach that is an extension of Saskia’s philosophy of paddock to plate. Be sure to make time to enjoy the Cellar Kitchen’s cheese & charcuterie platter.
For a luxurious getaway, The Louise & Appellation Luxury Lodge is just the ticket, with 15 luxurious appointed suites with an evening decanter of port to reflect on your day of wine tasting. An absolute highlight of each suite with contemporary spa suites, luxurious amenities, private exterior gated courtyard and a secluded rear terrace with lounging and sunning spaces and uninterrupted vistas across the adjacent vineyards.
The Appellation restaurant is one of the Barossa Valley’s finest regional dining destinations, showcasing the finest produce and food culture of the Barossa.
Its now time to plan out your wine tasting journey in the Barossa Valley – if you are staying at the Novotel Barossa Valley a great place to start is Jacob’s Creek Winery, which is located right next door to the resort.
During our Barossa escape we visited the cellar doors of Jacobs Creek, St Hugos, Seppeltsfield and a must do visit to Maggie Beer’s farm shop for a little shopping and an ice cream break on the deck.
When scouting locations for our members to enjoy, we are always looking for experiences in the region that will enrich their time and they can walk away with an experience that they remember.
Jacob’s Creek – The very first vineyard was planted in 1847 by Johann Gramp, with a vision to create great tasting wines that reflect the true character of the grapes and the land.
Jacob’s Creek food & wine masterclass and two course lunch – duration 2 hours
Allow yourself the guilty pleasure of enjoying a food and wine matching. Following the Master Class enjoy a two course lunch, consisting of a platter style main and dessert. Each guest will receive one complimentary glass of Jacob’s Creek wine, tea & coffee.
Jacob’s Creek Cooking Classes – 4 hour duration
Held in the outdoor garden at the historic Jacob’s Estate, the unique venue provides a picturesque setting for a hands-on cooking experience. The intimate class involves picking fresh produce from the kitchen garden, which will then be specially prepared into a hearty feast. After your cooking skills have been put to the test you will enjoy a leisurely lunch matched with Jacob’s Creek wines.
After your cooking skills have been put to the test you will enjoy a leisurely lunch matched with your favourite Jacob’s Creek wines in the perfect setting to truly experience the best of the Barossa.
St Hugo – The story behind St Hugo is steeped in history. It started with Johann Gramp, one of the wine pioneers of the Barossa planing his first vines in 1847. Today St Hugo wines are prized by wine collectors and connoisseurs all over the world for their depth, intensity and complexity. This winery is impressive from the moment you drive through the gates to what looks like an elegant lodge, that houses the cellar door, wine lounge, restaurant and tasting rooms.
Tour, Tasting and Lunch – duration 3 hours
Enhance your St Hugo visit with the tour, tasting & lunch package where you will learn the story behind the prestigious brand during a vineyard tour, tutored tasting; followed by a four-course lunch in The Restaurant with expertly matched St Hugo wines.
Chef’s Table – 3.5 hour duration
This is absolutely the best seat in the house. Overlooking the open kitchen, this intimate setting allows you to watch the chefs at work and chat with theme as they prepare your menu. Your dining experience will start with a walk through the vineyard and kitchen garden, an exclusive wine tasting in the underground tasting room before enjoying your Chef’s Table.
Seppeltsfield is the only winery in the world to release a 100-year old single vintage wine each year. It is famous for its Centennial Collection – an unbroken lineage of Tawny of every vintage from 1878 to the current year.
A visit to Seppeltsfield is more than just a cellar door experience, it is a vibrant community of wine, food, art, world class cellar door and tasting rooms, FINO restaurant and the Jam Factory Contemporary Art & Design studios. Set on 420 acres of ancient vineyard, gardens and heritage-listed architecture, the remarkable estate is a destination.
The cellar door is an experience unto itself, with intimate wine tasting alcoves known as “PODS” that is very inviting and ensures that everyone has a place at the tasting and there is no need for queuing.
Centenary Tasting – 60 minute duration
Awarded the Barossa Trust mark, the Centenary Tour is a once in a lifetime experience. Visit the Seppelt family homestead, followed by a private tasting of super-premium fortified wines in our VIP mezzanine lounge. The tour culminates in the 1878 Centennial Cellar, where you will taste your year of birth Tawny, direct from barrel, as well as the legendary 100 year old Para Vintage Tawny.
Daily Heritage Tour – 45 minute duration
Join the Seppeltsfield wine educators on our public Daily Barossa Heritage Tour, for a behind the scenes look through the estate’s treasure trove of historical buildings and spectacular surroundings.
Learn of the Seppelt family history and their profound influence on the Australian wine industry. Within your tour you will visit the 1851 Seppelt homestead, Elm Walk, 1877 Distillery and 1860s Blending Cellars, followed by a hosted tasting in the contemporary surrounds of our multi-awarded cellar door.
Why not start or finish your Barossa Valley escape with a night or two in Adelaide and explore the very impressive dining scene.. Of of our valued Adelaide members has given us his top 10 picks for Adelaide and it would be remiss of us not to share these with you.
Adelaide Dining – Tom’s Top Ten
- Osteria Oggi – http://osteriaoggi.com.au/
- Peel Street – http://www.peelst.com.au/
- Press Food and Wine – http://pressfoodandwine.com.au/
- Africola – https://www.africola.com.au/
- Melt Pizzeria – http://cbd.meltpizzeria.com.au/
- 2KW Bar and Restaurant – https://www.2kwbar.com.au/
- Apothecary 1878 – https://theapothecary1878.com.au/
- Etica Pizzeria – http://etica.pizza/
- Chianti on Waymouth – https://www.chianti.net.au/
- Blood n Bone – http://www.breadandbone.com.au/
- Mothervine – http://www.mothervine.com.au/
- Commissary – https://www.facebook.com/CMSRY/
- Chianti – https://www.chianti.net.au/
- Balaboosta – https://www.facebook.com/ballaboostaadelaide
Now is the perfect time to plan your – romantic weekend, girls weekend, or an escape with a group of friends; our Lifestyle Managers have all the insights for your Barossa escape.