Photo by: Erik Rosenberg
If you’re looking for a little luxury and an incredible meal with your wine tasting, you’ll want to spend a day at Hentley Farm. Nestled in the hills of the Barossa Valley (so you know you’ll be gifted with some stunning views), it offers one of the best Barossa Valley fine dining lunch options and an exceptional tasting experience unique to the Barossa. The Atrium is the definition of farm-to-table decadence, with the menu featuring the very best local produce in dishes that respect and enhance the natural flavours, and are crafted to perfection. But, if you’re just up for some wine tasting, you won’t be disappointed either. A seated, highly curated and personalised luxury service will take you through a range of tasting options that you won’t be able to resist taking home with you.
Cost: $65 - $165 per person.
Length: 60 – 90 minutes.
Do I need to make a booking? Yes.
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm.
How many wineries can I do in a day on a wine tour?
Aim for 3-4 wineries in a day – each tasting could last an hour, and you’ll need to factor in time for lunch and travel, especially if you’re travelling to the Barossa Valley from central Adelaide. You also don’t want to rush any of your experiences, so we’d recommend starting the day with a list of your favourites, keeping the must-visits at the top of your list and knowing you might not get to the ones at the bottom
Do I need to stay in the Barossa Valley to visit the wineries?
That depends on how many wineries you want to visit and how long you’ll be in the area. If you just want to spend one day on a wine tour, you can easily organise this from your accommodation in Adelaide, however if you want to do a few wineries at a slower pace, it would be better to stay in the Barossa Valley region. Luckily, there’s plenty of beautiful accommodation in the area – some even at the wineries themselves.
Spend at least 2-3 days in the Barossa Valley if you want to visit multiple wineries.
Do I need to book a wine tour or can I do the Barossa Valley wineries on my own?
You can do either! If doing it on your own, you will need a car to get from cellar door to cellar door, and we’d recommend mapping out your route and itinerary before you head off for the day. It’s also wise to pre-book your tasting stops, as plenty of the cellar doors can be busy.
If you’d like to do your own thing and plan your personal wine tour but don’t want to drive (sensible!), you can do this and book a private driver or chauffeur for the day (or days). You’ll be responsible for all the planning and booking, and then can sit back and relax while being driven around the beautiful Barossa Valley region.
And if you’d rather someone plan your winery tour stops, book the cellar door tastings and get you home in one piece, you can organise a wine tour that sorts out all of that out and you just have to show up. You can do this as part of a small group (which could be really fun to meet new people!) or you can do it in your own private vehicle. The benefit of an organised wine tour is that all the costs for the day are taken care of, and your guides are experts in the region and subject matter (wine, of course), so you’ll learn a fortune as you travel from winery to winery.