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Tips for visiting the Barossa during summer 2020!

20 December 2019
by Jess Ruciack

 

The Barossa is a fantastic place to visit year-round, with each season having its own perks. If you are planning on visiting the Barossa this summer, 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.

IT’S WARMING UP!

It gets quite a bit warmer during the day, and we begin to enjoy evenings outside: wining, dining and socialising. This week has been a scorcher! Today we have our staff Christmas party to kick off our festive season, and celebrate 2020. We’re staying cool at Ember Pizza and Barossa Distilling Company.

Summer gives us seas of green canopies in the vineyard, in stark contrast to the golden paddocks that have been harvested. In our vineyard there is a growing canopy of green, as the leaves keep growing to protect the bunches of grapes that continue to grow towards ripening. If you are here in late summer, you may see some early grape picking occurring (we sometimes start our Chardonnay in February depending on the weather.)

Elderton Wines Cellar Door - aerial photo LIVE LIKE A LOCAL – TIP 1

 

Tips from our Head of Production, Jules Ashmead:

What is your favourite place to visit within the Barossa, during summer?
It is hard to beat the pool at Elderton, with an optional hit of tennis on the grass court. An early morning walk around Angaston is lovely too – with sweeping views over the Barossa and the refreshing green of the vineyards. Long warm summer evenings are the best in the Barossa.

If you had friends or family visiting during summer, where is the one spot in the Barossa you would take them?
After (naturally) a trip to Elderton, it is hard to beat a long lazy lunch at Vintners!

Your wine tip for summer– what will you be drinking?
I am loving our Elderton 2018 Chardonnay (very soon to be released) – cold and refreshing with vibrancy and oak to balance and give depth to the palate. And as a second option – for a different time – in lieu of dessert it is hard to beat a Classic Rutherglen Muscat on ice!

WEATHER / WHAT TO PACK

The weather is heating up, and we have lots of sunshine and warm to hot days. Pleasant evenings are also ideal for outdoor dining (though you might need some bug spray). While average day temperatures are 26-29 Celsius, January and February generally bring more frequent hot days with temperatures of 30-36+ Celcius.

Barossa.com suggests, “Pack light clothing including short sleeved shirts, shorts, skirts and dresses. The sun can be very strong during the summer months, so hats and suncream are also helpful. Local tip: pack a pair of long pants and a sweater in case of a cool evening.”

WHAT’S ON IN SUMMER

So you’re planning your visit to the Barossa this summer– what’s on that you can add to your wine tasting itinerary?

We’ve got our Taste of Summer on throughout January – a tasting flight of 4 chilled wines which can be accompanied by a local produce plate which features a selection of produce from our favorite local producers – Torzi Matthew olives, Linke’s smoked meats, Barossa Fine Foods pate, house roasted almonds, Barossa Valley Cheese Co marinated Fetta, Eleni’s Sourdough, pickles and relish. Bookings required through Cellar Door – 08 8568 7878 or elderton@eldertonwines.com.au.

In late February the community celebrates the Declaration of Vintage, by the Barons of the Barossa. The day includes a street procession with the Barons dressed in their ceremonial attire and is very interesting to see. It is a great community celebration with our great winemakers and grapegrowers – a great nod to tradition, with a view to the future of the Barossa. Check out some photos from one of our local papers – The Barossa Herald.

Check out the suggested itineraries on Barossa.com https://www.barossa.com/visit/suggested-itineraries where you can explore arts, shopping, not just wine tasting, the Nuriootpa Wine Trail and more!

For more 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.

LIVE LIKE A LOCAL – TIP 2

Tips from Conrad, our Viticulturist:

What is your favourite place to visit within the Barossa, during summer?
Steingarten lookout is a favourite all year round. I usually park at the gate and walk to the lookout. The views over the valley are spectacular and it’s a great way to see how the seasons change and affect the landscape. Seeing an iconic old Riesling vineyard at the top is just and added bonus!

If you had friends or family visiting during summer, where is the one spot in the Barossa you would take them?
El Estanco! Without a doubt my favourite place for brunch at the moment. Both the food and coffee are faultless. I’m also sure I’m not alone in getting a bit excited with opening questionable amounts of wine when family are in town so a gentle and leisurely start to the day is often necessary.

Your wine tip for summer– what will you be drinking?
I’m going to cheat a little and give two tips: Eden Valley Riesling and Western Ridge Grenache Carignan. Riesling is always a summer go to. I tend to cook and eat lots of fresh, light meals through the summer and our Eden Valley Riesling is usually my go to wine to pair with these dishes. It’s also a refreshing glass to ease into the evening after long days in the heat. The Western Ridge Grenache Carignan is usually what I’ll grab when heading to friends for dinner. Working in the vineyard means I’m a sucker for single site wines and love how expressive this wine is. Greenock is a sandy site which gives the wine some enticing floral characteristics while the spice of the Carignan adds a layer of complexity to the bright Grenache.

Elderton Cellar Door Barossa Wine Tasting

AND OUR CELLAR DOOR, OF COURSE!

As always, we welcome you to our Cellar Door. We have a magnificent verandah, providing the perfect shaded spot for an afternoon glass of wine with a local produce platter. And if it’s just too hot, a tasting experience inside in the aircon is the spot to be!

Summer is the perfect time for a hit of tennis, so maybe you’d be interested in our Taste, Set, Match experience – perfect for a small group of 4-6 people to enjoy a day in the life of Elderton! Start with a private tasting experience, followed by a friendly tennis match on our grass court at Cellar Door (along with a shaded spot to enjoy a bottle of wine and platter of our favourite local foods to share). Read more about this experience.

 

 

BAROSSA INFO

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. For a quick look at what is open over the festive season, the Visitor Centre have put together this handy pdf of opening hours of local Cellar Doors, places to eat and things to do.

If you’re one of our Elderton Commanders, then contact Jodhi in Cellar Door to access our concierge service, to help plan the perfect summer Barossa getaway. You can even use our pool, as a Commander reward!

Elderton Pool & Tennis Court

Cheers!