The Barossa Valley is one of Australia's oldest and the world's finest wine producing regions with more than 80 cellar doors and 150 wineries.
The Barossa Valley is a major wine-producing region and tourist destination of South Australia, located 60 km northeast of Adelaide. First settled in 1842 by European immigrants, the Barossa Valley is one of Australia's oldest and the world's finest wine producing regions. The Barossa is a great romantic escape. The hills and valleys have inspired many local artists.
The valley is formed by the North Para River, and the Barossa Valley Way is the main road through the valley, connecting the main towns on the valley floor of Nuriootpa, Tanunda, Rowland Flat and Lyndoch.
The Barossa Valley derives its name from the Barossa Ranges, which were named by Colonel William Light in 1837. Light chose the name in memory of the British victory over the French in the Battle of Barrosa, in which he fought in 1811. The name "Barossa" was registered in error, due to a clerical error in transcribing the name "Barrosa". The area is approximately 13 km long by 14 km wide.
Although the Barossa Valley is predominantly known for its the wine industry, it has significant food production including:
Visit the weekly Farmers' Market in the Barossa Valley, which supplys local produce sold direct from the producer.