Wednesday, December 24, 2008

ArticleBase Presents: Australia's Barossa Valley - Wine and More

ArticleBase Presents: Australia's Barossa Valley - Wine and More
By: Michael Weiss

The Barossa Valley can be called the wine capital of Australia. It is located 40 miles (60 km) northeast of Adelaide. Beside its reputation for wine it is well known as tourist destination.

The Barossa Valley is a calm and welcoming place and it is an area where you can get a real taste for the fine things in life. Here you are able to share a drink with the people who actually make the region's world class wines. Numerous of the local wineries are open for tastings and you will find tour operators in Adelaide arranging visits to the wineries.

The Barossa represents the whole lot you would look forward to from Australia's well-known wine region. They are home to over 60 cellar doors and if you're visiting the Barossa Valley, the wine is almost certainly element of the attraction. The majority of bars will serve an excellent selection. Certainly, there's more to the Barossa Valley than just wine.

The proof of the original German pioneers can be seen in the sharply sloping roofs of the older buildings. German culture has a major influence on the local cuisine. For instance, meats such as Mettwurst, Bratwurst and many more delicious and traditional sausages are found all over the region. On the dessert side, cream cakes are very well-liked, not excluding Bienenstich and cream buns of all kind of forms.
You can look around the local art stores for something extraordinary to take home, get out into the countryside and stretch your legs with a walk in a national park or just relax in a friendly cafe and enjoy an excellent cup of coffee.
And keep in mind - it's all just an hour from Adelaide.

After visiting the valley you could head south to the Great Ocean Road on your way to Melbourne. Alternatively, I suggest returning to Adelaide in order to take a plane to Sydney, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (Ayers Rock), or Perth.

Michael Weiss is an editor of the German "Australian Journal" (the German title is "Australien Journal"). He loves Suedaustralien and especially Adelaide. Before joining the "Australien Journal" Michael spent a lot of time exploring Australia.