by Jess Ruciack
The Barossa is a fantastic place to visit year-round, with each season having its own perks. If you are planning a visit to the Barossa this Autumn, we’ve put together some information that might be handy and some insider tips and thoughts on what to see and do while you’re here enjoying the area – live like a local for a few days.
Right now is the time of grape harvest, so it’s busy across our region with wineries in the full swing of vintage. You’ll see harvesters, trucks carting grapes, pickers in vineyards and even vintage workers at the local shops with splashes of purple on them after a hard day in the winery. Vintage is normally finished around Easter – this vintage however will be finish quite a bit later due to a very late start!
Autumn is also a time of change in Barossa – the colours, the temperature, the wine we drink… The vineyards become a beautiful blend of yellows, oranges and reds as leaves turn in the cooler nights and drop as the vines head into dormancy for another winter. Paddocks will begin to be sown with winter crops like wheat, barley and canola.
WEATHER / WHAT TO PACK
Whilst the days are generally beautiful – sunshine and low-mid 20s – the nights become quite a bit cooler again.Barossa.com suggests, “Pack light clothing during the day with warm clothes for the evening. Local tip: even if the day has been warm to hot, once the sun goes down it will get chilly!”
I always like to have layers with me during Autumn, because even if it has been 29 during the day, by 4 or 5pm it can definitely be time for a cardigan or jumper. The sun seems to drop quickly!
WHAT’S ON IN AUTUMN
Around us the vineyards are being harvested, but it is also the time of stone and pome fruit harvest. You might be lucky to see paddocks covered in halved apricots or pears as they dry in traditional fashion – by the sunshine! Check out Trevallie Orchards for some further insight.
LIVE LIKE A LOCAL TIP
Tips from our Production & Export Manager, Rebecca:
What is your favourite place to visit within the Barossa, during Autumn?
I love to meet my running group at Bethany Reserve and run up along the Heysen Trail all the way through Kaiser Stuhl conservation park to Tanunda Creek Road and back (it’s about a 20km round trip). The views and serenity are spectacular and it’s right on our doorstep, if you love a good trail run/walk.
If you had friends or family visiting during Autumn, where is the one spot in the Barossa you would take them?
Vintners Bar & Grill for lunch or dinner, and the Elderton Cellar Door, of course!
Any favourite activities/places to visit with kids during the school holidays?
We love to bike ride as a family from Angaston to Nuriootpa (and back) with friends and enjoy a gin at the Barossa Distillery followed by lunch at Home of the Brave or Ember.
AND OUR CELLAR DOOR, OF COURSE!
As always, we welcome you to our Cellar Door. Book ahead for a tasting experience – a tasting flight, or maybe a cheese and wine matching. Or if you love bold, Barossa Shiraz check out our Command Vertical tasting.
After your tasting, our garden is perfect for relaxing, with a ‘small bites’ plate and a glass of wine. A bottle of crisp Eden Valley Riesling or Barossa GSM are perfect on the verandah – sit back and look over the 1894 Command Vineyard.
For upcoming events, check out our Events page for events at our Cellar Door and for events and tastings throughout the Barossa, check out the Event Calendar on Barossa.com. Barossa.com is also a wealth of information to help plan your visit – from accommodation and transport, to dining and suggested itineraries. Check out http://www.barossa.com/visit.
When you are here, the Barossa Visitor Information Centre in the main street of Tanunda is also a great place to start for information.