How to get to the Barossa Valley ?
One of the most common questions we get asked by travellers is How to get to the Barossa Valley. Roughly one hour from Adelaide there is no direct public transport to the Barossa Valley. The best two options are to either Hire a Car and drive yourself or take a Day Tour with pick up from your Adelaide accomodation.
If you hire a car and drive yourself, you will need a map to find your way around the Valley and the cellar doors. All the larger commercial wineries are listed on the map. Being a wine region you should be careful when driving yourself around the Barossa Valley as random breath testing stations are regularly in place. Maps are available from the visitor centre in Tanunda.
Tours come in many forms. Many tours are shared where the operators will take groups of up to 10 people making several pickups before heading off on the tour. You can expect to visit a pre set number of higher profile cellar doors and be provided with a light platter style lunch. These tours are ideal for visitors who are happy to join with others and not get far off the tourist route.
Private Tours are typically just you and your friends in a smaller luxury vehicle. An exchange of information prior to the tour will ensure that your day is truly personalised. Private Tours of the Barossa Valley can be customised to include wineries of your choice and the experienced drivers will help you discover some little gems that fit your wine preferences. Some small producers don't have a cellar door but they are happy to do tastings by appointment and this is where the real Barossa Valley gems can be discovered. On a private tour, lunches are invariably a better experience and with so many great options, your tour operator will help pick the right lunch venue.
In my view, Private Tours are well worth the slightly higher cost for wine and food lovers who are really looking for a unique and special, food and wine experience.
Author, Michael Errey.
The Glass Half Full Tours, food and wine experiences.