The Barossa Valley is surely on a lot of peoples bucket lists. If it’s not, it is well worth considering. We checked it out in May, 2016 for our Owner/Director - Tanya Clarke's birthday. Our consultant Anna did the background work and we chose to stay with Stonewell Cottages in their cottage called "Hide Away". They have a number of cottages available in the middle of their functioning vineyard. The cottages are set around a small lake that has some wicked ducks that will come and visit for some anticipated bread or food. We woke to "Mr. Drake" knocking on the front door to say hello the first morning we were in the Barossa. Stonewell Cottages are centrally located within the Barossa Valley and is accessible to the majority of the wineries.
Stonewell Cottages know how to make you feel right at home. We arrived on the Friday night to find the fridge fully stocked and ready for the next days breakfast. Eggs, smoked bacon, jams, chuntney, bread, fresh milk, orange juice, avocado and tomatoes (all local produce from the Barossa). The cottage was fitted with fluffy robes, thick towels, a coffee machine, two person spa, a BBQ and it wouldn't be complete without a fireplace to add to the romance. The cottage was stocked with a good selection of local wines for purchase. We had arranged for a platter on arrival - these are available upon request for an extra cost, but well worth it. If a visit to the Barossa and a stay at Stonewell Cottages tickles your fancy give us a call and we can give you a quote. To check out their page click here on their name -STONEWELL COTTAGES.
There are plenty of other cottages on offer in the Barossa Valley and they can be sourced upon request. The most important thing, and its what the Barossa is famous for, is THE WINE! We visited a handful of wineries over the two days that we were in the Barossa. We would recommend at least 2 - 3 full days to check out everything that is on offer. If you'd like to really enjoy the wine there are bus tours available and a good taxi service. If you choose to stay just outside of Tanunda the taxi service can be booked for a trip into town for dinner. We travelled in each night by the local taxi service and dined at two local restaurants. 1918 Bistro and Grill was a favourite and I'm guessing we'll vist there again, especially for the Espresso martini's...WOW! On our second night we went to Fermentasian. Walking into the place was stunning and the smell of the food was outrageous! The service was exceptional and from the smell of the food upon arrival to when we ate, did not disappoint. It was exquisite. On our last day we had a relaxing lunch at Artisans of Barossa. They offer a tapas type menu and wine tasting. Artisans of Barossa promote the small batch and sub-regional winemaking. There are wines from 6 individual winemakers that they showcase.
If you click on vine to the right - it will take you to the Barossa Valley information site.
Click the each of the images below and they will take you to the link to each of the Wineries we chose to visit.