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Barossa Valley Wine Region

The Barossa Valley in South Australia is the home of Australia's wine industry and is just 70km north of Adelaide. Holidays in the Barossa Valley are full of spectacular scenery, grand chateaux, great food and of course South Australian wine. The area was settled by German settlers in the 1850's and much of their beautiful architecture remains today.

The settlers' impact was also felt on the restaurants and food industries that have grown up to complement the wine industry. A burgeoning cheese industry has been the foundation of wine and cheese trails throughout the Barossa Valley.

The Barossa Valley wine region is home to the most famous names in Australian wine making - Yalumba, Seppelts, Jacob Creek, Penfolds, Wolf Blass and Saltram. The Barossa Valley is also home to many new boutique wineries, many of which sell out within weeks of release of their new vintages due to the quality of their wines.

Barossa Valley Shiraz is the best known of the wines in the region - juicy berry flavours softened by oak make it a joy to drink. The oldest vines in Australia continue to produce opulent Shiraz.

From the old to the new - one of the newest cooperatives formed by 80 local growers is the Barossa Valley Estate Winery and Cellar Door complex at Marananga.

Country weddings in the Barossa Valley are popular due to the many picturesque churches and great reception venues. Many couples combine their wedding with a honeymoon sampling all that the region's cellar doors have to offer and playing a few rounds of golf at the Barossa Valley Golf Club in Nuriootpa.