Vino Files: Australia's Barossa Valley

As autumn brings a slight chill to the U.S., head to the Barossa Valley for a warm-weather vinophile adventure.

In September, as summer tumbles headfirst into fall, memories of spring ‘s carefree days seem worlds away—unless you aim for Australia’s famed wine region, the Barossa Valley, whose Southern Hemisphere location makes it an ideal warm-weather vinophile visit for fall. As bud break appears on the storied vines, taste over 600 local wines at the annual Barossa Wine Show Public Tasting or newly released and older vintage Riesling at neighboring Eden Valley’s Spring Riesling Tasting. Sample fresh, seasonal produce and tender spring lamb at the Barossa Farmers Market, held every Saturday near Angaston, or take to the road and tour the region’s nearly 150 wineries amid fields of wildflowers bursting into bloom. The Butcher, Baker, Winemaker Trail map leads to local wineries, dining venues and businesses that offer traditional and intimate culinary experiences. Take some of those ingredients and recipes home to cook your own dinner in the valley’s wide array of winery cottage accommodations—check out Yalumba, Peter Lehmann and Jacob’s Creek—and wash it down with the region’s fantastic Shiraz, Riesling and Rhône-style blends. George Gershwin may have loved Paris in the springtime, but when September comes along for the VinoFiles, “Waltzing Matilda” tops our playlist.

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