The 70th anniversary of the Barossa Vintage Festival is just around the corner – so what better way to experience it than along the Bethany to Angaston Trail?
We’ve rounded up the best of the best along our trail right here for you. Check it out!
We DO have a heck of a lot to offer here on our trail -and of course you’re free to pick and choose your own way around our trail -that’s exactly how it was designed for in the first place!
But with so much to experience how do we recommend you fit it all into a weekend? Here’s our suggested itinerary…
First up – choose your accommodation: (we recommend 1 or 2 nights stay to really make the most of your time)
Camping & Cabins:
Discovery Holiday Park Barossa Valley has a wide range of shady site, budget accommodation and luxury villas for you to choose from. Situated within walking distance from the Tanunda Main Street and some Bethany attractions.
Barossa Vineyard Cottages -built in the style of the early-settlers with all the modern comforts. Located in Bethany & walking distance to historic sites & Bethany attractions.
Possum Cottage – a modern, creative and playful style with a hint of sophisticated rustic charm.
Lambert Estate Retreat – a recently renovated 3 bedroom house able to accommodate up to 8 people. Situated within walking distance to the Angaston main street.
Angaston Vineyards Motel offers 3 star accommodation with ground floor rooms, pool Wifi and a new children’s playground. Located directly opposite the Barossa Farmers’ Market.
Hosted B&B accommodation:
Lanzerac Country Estate is home to 5 luxurious and spacious modern suites on a picturesque 5 acres. Single night stays are welcome. Located close to Bethany & a longer walking distance to some Bethany attractions (less than 5km return).
It’s an early start, but so very worth it! Begin at the Barossa Farmer’s Market for amazing produce direct from the farm – and most importantly – locally roasted coffee and breakfast!
Next on to Yalumba. Established in 1849 Yalumba is Australia’s oldest family owned winery. A fiercely independent fine wine producer, Yalumba is driven by innovation, sustainability and excellence.
Follow the scenic road out of Angaston to Thorn Clarke Wines where 6 generations have been involved in the Barossa’s famous wine industry.
On the main street of Angaston again pop into the Barossa Valley Cheese Company. Here you can taste cheese imbued with the character of the locale and passion of the maker. (yes, please!)
Then head next door to Casa Carboni for lunch of delicious house made Italian treats, all made with Barossa produce (You may well have caught sight of Matteo at the Farmers’ Market, gathering goodies for his menu)
(If it’s the first Saturday of the month head to Hart of the Barossa at the Old Barn, surrounded by the vines where their wines are created. Planted in 1902, Hart of the Barossa is the oldest certified organic vineyard in the region.)
Now to surround yourself with incredible elevated views in the foothills of Angaston at Lambert Estate. From across the world to the Barossa Valley, the Lambert Estate story is a family love story – for each other, for wine and for the Barossa. You’ll love the discovery.
From one amazing view to another… Just a little further along the road is the famous Mengler’s Lookout Sculpture Park. From here you can look out over the Barossa townships, vineyards and paddocks and wander amongst huge stone sculptures. (It’s a great place to stretch the legs!)
Now to check into your accommodation and relax ahead of dinner at Vintners Bar and Grill… A true favourite amongst the locals (and you know we only go where it’s really good!)
Take your time over breakfast and revive with a great coffee at Blond. The large windows make for some great people-watching too!
Wander up the road to the quaint cottage that houses Taste Eden Valley. Here you can sample the wines of 16 premium producers from Barossa’s high country – Eden Valley. Sample Australia’s largest collection of Riesling and many other red & white wines from single vineyards across the Eden Valley wine region.
Nestled in the foothills at the edge of Tanunda is Rusden, a family-owed and operated producer. Experience handcrafted wines sourced from the vineyards surrounding the on-site winery and cellar door.
We do love a good view here in the Barossa – and Artisans of Barossa has the deck to enjoy it from. Artisans of Barossa are a group of like-minded producers and offer a great place to try a range of wines that showcase the depth and diversity the Barossa has to offer.
Blending perfectly with the Artisans is your lunch stop – Harvest Kitchen. Generous, honest and flavoursome food which is driven by the seasons is what you’ll find here. Go for the Feed Me Like A Barossan menu for the full experience!
Further along the trail, drive up the winding track to Bethany Wines high on the eastern ridge of the Barossa Ranges and enjoy a spectacular view over the valley. Family owned and operated by the Schrapel Family; Bethany Wines offers a range of handcrafted wines sourced from the estate vineyards. Enjoy the unique experience that is Bethany, from a crisp Eden Valley Riesling, to an Old Vine Grenache or a stunning Barossa Shiraz.
A little further down along Bethany Road is the home of Turkey Flat Vineyards. Surround yourself here with the stunning gardens, vineyards, honesty and fun that is the process of winemaking. Taste the ‘Prince of Pink’ (Turkey Flat Rosé) and gorgeous Rhone inspired varietals (Marsanne, Viognier, Roussanne, Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro) More often than not there’ll be a little treat open on the bench too – because sharing the good stuff with friends is what this wine making caper is all about, right?
Give yourself a little breather from food and wine and discover the Bethany Reserve. Wander across the bridge and along the creek -or let the small members of your group play on the playground while you relax in the shade.
If you have space for one more wine tasting- it’s best to plan ahead and book a tasting at Troll Creek – it’s just across the road from the reserve & produces rich, full-bodied Shiraz and Cabernet from hand-selected rows of premium old-vines. (Call James to book on 0408821641.)
Finish up your night and your weekend at Barossa Valley Brewing with a cleansing ale on the deck, in the beer garden, or inside by the fire… Add one (or two!) of their delicious pizzas and you’re set for the evening….
Suggested time frames:
8.30-9.45 Farmers’ Market (breakfast)
10 – 11am – Yalumba
11.15-12.15pm Thorn Clarke
12.30-1pm Barossa Valley Cheese
1-2pm Casacarboni (lunch)
2.15 – 3pm Hart of Barossa (if 1st Saturday of the month)
3.15 – 4pm Lambert Estate
4.15 – Menglers Hill
— check in to accommodation
from 6.00pm Vintners (dinner)
9.00am Blond (breakfast)
10 – 11am Taste Eden Valley
12.20 – 2.15pm Artisans of Barossa / Harvest Kitchen (lunch)
2.20-3.15pm – Bethany Wines
3.20-4.15pm Turkey Flat
4.20 – 5pm Bethany Reserve (Troll Creek if pre-booked)
from 5pm Barossa Valley Brewing (dinner)
Do you have an extra day or even just a few more hours?
Other great experiences along our trail include:
Try the Artisans Lounge at Artisans of Barossa – premium wine tastings are held in the Artisans Lounge every Friday, Saturday and Sunday (and weekdays by appointment)
Turkey Flat Vineyards have 2 fun, seasonal experiences on offer – during Spring & Summer get out in the garden and mix up a few cocktails featuring their new aperitif, Quinquina. Or during winter head to the snug Butchers Block Room for the Museum Masterclass and delve into Turkey Flat wines in its various guises throughout the years. Both experiences are accompanied by small Cellar Door snacks to keep your belly happy too. Bookings essential. Allow 1 – 1.5 hours.
Barossa Valley Cheese Company’s Halloumi cooking demonstrations are held daily at 11am. They also have other great tasting offerings, including platters and wine and cheese matches from their very own Cheese Cellar range. (Owner Victoria McClurg was a winemaker before she was lured into the decedent world of cheese!) Allow 15 minutes.
Let Matteo at Casa Carboni take you on a journey through Italian gastronomy. Casa Carboni’s cooking school is an extension of the Enoteca. The cooking school is designed for intimate groups (larger classes available for private bookings) for completely hands on cooking classes using the best of the Barossa Farmers Market’s seasonal produce and our super fresh local free range eggs. Classes run Saturdays from 9am-2pm. Bookings essential.
Take the journey of discovery at Lambert Estate one step further and stay for a meal on the deck, or in front of the open fires. Lambert Estate’s kitchen is open for lunch Friday – Sunday and dinner on Saturdays. If you’re not visiting over lunch, you can also enjoy all the perks of this stunning venue with a platter.
Really get behind the scenes of the oldest family-owned winery in Australia with one of three in-depth experiences at Yalumba. Choose your level of involvement from Bud to Bottle (5.5hours, including lunch) A Different Perspective (2 hours) or a relaxed, yet formal Mini Masterclass (1 hour). 48 hours notice is required for bookings (7 days for Bud to Bottle).
Stay nestled in the hills surrounding Thorn-Clarke a little longer and enjoy a platter featuring our beautiful Barossa Valley produce and a glass (or 2) of wine.
Bethany Wines offers a number of reasons to stay longer; during the warmer months enjoy a regional produce platter with a glass of Bethany under the umbrellas and enjoy a view not to be missed. Looking for something a little extra ask about our paddock to plate food and wine experiences. Bookings essential.