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2 Days in Barossa Valley for First Timers

Curated by Zoë SmithZoë Smith is a British travel writer, editor, and digital content creator who has lived, worked, and traveled over six continents, and is currently based near Nantes, France. She has written for Rough Guides, CNN, and Culture Trip, and is digital editor at FrenchEntrée.

Whether you’re planning a romantic weekend away or taking an overnight trip from Adelaide, two days in the Barossa Valley let you explore historic towns and savor the region’s fine wines and gourmet cuisine at a relaxed pace. Here’s how.

Day 1: Morning

Kickstart your time in Barossa Valley with a hot-air balloon ride or helicopter flight. An aerial vantage point affords spectacular views of the vineyards and some tours include breakfast accompanied by sparkling wine on landing.

Day 1: Afternoon

It’s possible to visit three or four Barossa Valley wineries in an afternoon; most tours include a visit to one of the big names—Seppeltsfield, Wolf Blass, Penfolds, and Jacob’s Creek—alongside smaller wineries. Be sure to join a guided tour or book a private driver so you can enjoy wine tasting without having to worry about driving.

Day 1: Night

Book a table at one of the Barossa Valley’s most prestigious restaurants for a memorable dinner date. The Chef's Table Experience at St. Hugo Winery includes a guided tour of the wine estate, an 8-course degustation menu, and wine with each course.

Day 2: Morning

More time allows you to further immerse yourself in the cuisine of the Barossa Valley. Take a cooking class at Jacob's Creek winery and create gourmet dishes using local produce, or make your own wine during a workshop at Penfolds Winery.

Day 2: Afternoon

Spend the afternoon exploring Barossa Valley’s villages, which include historic Williamstown; Tanunda, where you’ll find the Menglers Hill Lookout; and Nuriootpa, home to the Wolf Blass and Penfolds wineries. You can explore by classic car or convertible, or opt to take a scenic walk, bike ride, or Segway tour through the vineyards.

Day 2: Night

Swap wine tasting for beer tasting during a tour of Barossa Valley Brewing. Learn more about beer making during a brewery tour, sample a variety of craft beers, and tuck into tasty food.

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