“Do you have Jacob’s Creek in the UK?” asked the very kind lady hosting our wine tasting.
“Ermm yeahhhh?” I mumbled back – of course we do, you can find a bottle of Jacob’s Creek in possibly any corner shop nearby. It was never a bottle of wine I would usually pick up, but I have to say I now see Jacob’s Creek in a completely different light.
For a wine lover I’m certainly no wine connoisseur, and I barely take the time to look at a wine menu and pick which type of wine I’d prefer – French, Italian, even English… Well after a trip to actual Australian vineyard I can confirm I’m a changed woman.
Actually, I’m a changed wine lover. Before I never would have had a glass of red, let alone port or sparkling red. So I’d say if you’re a wine lover, or are partial to a glass, then I can thoroughly recommend wine tasting in the Barossa valley.
Not many places (outside of France) may be so synonymous with vineyards and wine production, but the Barossa Valley boasts several opportunities to taste, explore and even stay at vineyards across the valley with more than 80 cellar doors and 150 wineries,
When I went to visit the valley we took a visit to the Jacob’s Creek Winery and Vineyard, complete with a restaurant, tennis courts (!) and the option to hire a bike and cycle from stop to stop.
The wine tasting option was fantastic and certainly value for money, at only 5$ each to taste a selection of 9 wines. These ranged from white, red and rose on to interesting variations of prosecco, aperol spritz and port. Safe to say, there was an option for whatever kind of wine you like (and even if you don’t, you could always spit it out after..)
Not only was the tasting good value, but the information given to us by the woman was really informative. It was great to have a taster, learn about the grapes, and then be given some time to taste and enjoy the wine by ourselves and talk about it properly. Safe to say I’ve never had such a fun lesson before…
If you’re interesting in visiting the Barossa valley, I would definitely recommend Jacob’s Creek for a visit, and if I had had longer there the option to stay and hire bikes through the vineyards sounds like an absolute dream.
Using the Barossa Valley website it’s possible to search through all the vineyards available using their winery map, and also search for accommodation – as it’s even possible to stay at some of them. If you’re after a laid back holiday in southern Australia then this looks like the ticket.
I hope if you’re visiting the valley soon that any of the above recommendations come in handy. Let me know in the comments if there’s anything glaringly missing.
More Australia posts will be coming to the blog every week, but in the meantime my holiday snaps can be found on my Instagram @GrundyTravels.