Friday, 11 April 2014

Beautiful Barossa Part 1

I have been wanting to go to the Barossa Valley for a long time. Every time I watched Masterchef Australia, there was at least one episode featuring the Barossa. 

So when MrBehomeforT surprised me with a weekend to Adelaide and a daytrip to the Barossa, I was too excited! I was finally able to have a nice Barossa Shiraz in the Barossa! 

When we were picked up by the tourguide in the oh-s0-dreaded tourbus full of people I had to think about this Southpark episode where the boys go "ziplining". The whole episode was about how annoying the other people on the tour were and that the boys wanted to, but could not leave. 

There were surely some annoying people on my tour, including two drunk Irish girls who left the whole bus waiting for a while, but unlike Cartman, Kenny, Kyle and Stan, I did not want to leave. I did not want to leave at all.

We drove through beautiful Adelaide Hills. Even though it was autumn, there were flowers everywhere. The area is amazing and has cute little villages everywhere. Adelaide Hills is a wine region itself with heaps of little wineries and cellardoors. The next time I will visit Adelaide I want to do some wine tasting in Adelaide Hills. 

Adelaide Hills has a lot of German settlers and the area is full with pretty little houses and German shops.  Hahndorf and Lobethal are two little German villages I would love to visit in the future. The area is also full with Lutheran churches, which makes it really special.

The trip to the Barossa only took a little more than an hour. However, if you take the highway you can get there in about 45 minutes. The Barossa is also full with flowers. They are everywhere! We were lucky it was such a beautiful autumn day! The sun was shining and it wasn't too hot.

We also visited the whispering wall of the Barossa Reservoir. This wall is quite special, not only because the water stays on one side but also because you can stand on one side of the wall and people on the other side of the wall (100 meters away) will be able to hear you. Our tourguide walked to the other side and talked about the history of the wall. We could hardly see him, but we could hear him. Quite special.

The Barossa is quite different from the Hunter Valley. The Hunter is famous for its Semillon which is crisp and fresh, whereas the Barossa is famous for its Shiraz. The Shiraz is big, bold, fruity and juicy. We tasted quite a few "shirazi", as MrBehomeforT calls them. 

The wineries in the Barossa are also more spread out than the wineries in the Hunter. We only visited 4 wineries so that means that we still have many others to visit the next time we go. 

I took so many pictures that I will save some more for my next blog post. 


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