The Barossa Valley, just 60km northeast of Adelaide in South Australia, is well known for its fine wine but we recently discovered that it's also a great place to visit as a family! Many cellar doors are more than happy to welcome families and have plenty of provisions in place to make sure everyone has a good time! Here's a list of some of the places our family loved on a recent stay in the Barossa!
Yelland & Papps
We loved them all but it was the Vin De Soif that we bought a bottle of to take home. A delicious Grenache, Mataro, Carnignan blend. Yummy!
|Yelland & Papps|
Lambert Estate Wines
We visited Lambert Estate Wines on a cold, wet and crazily windy day on the advice of another winery that they had a good indoor play corner for the kids.
Turns out this place was a bit of a find. Slick, modern and incredibly parent friendly.
Highlights from a parents perspective were elevator access (great as our baby was asleep so we had easy access up to the tasting area on the upper level), a great corner for the kids with crayons and books, a kids menu in the restaurant, change table and high chairs.
Oh, and the wine. Did I mention the wine? We especially loved their aged Riesling, oaked Chardonnay and their Mustang Sally Shiraz.
Whilst this is a large, slick and modern cellar door, it's very warm and welcoming with a lovely open fire on a winters day.
|Lambert Estate Wines|
To quote the Winey Dad on leaving Yalumba in the Barossa Valley, "That was possibly the best cellar door experience we've ever had" - and we've been to a few!
A warm welcome that includes acknowledgement of your kids in our opinion forms the basis of any really good family friendly cellar door experience. The lovely staff acknowledged the Winey Kid by saying hello, pointing out the toy box and bringing out some colouring in for her. I even loved the "Wow, you're brave going wine tasting with a new baby" comment which instantly puts you at ease by acknowledging the challenge!
Beautiful grounds to explore, a huge lawn to play on, and even a lit fire pit making it tempting to stay a little longer even on the coldest of wintery days.
And as for the wine, some great tastes on offer. We particularly loved the oaked Chardonnay and Eden Valley Riesling, neither of which were on the tasting menu so worth asking for!
No visit to the Barossa Valley is complete without a glass of wine under the tree at Pindarie! There's a small indoor play corner but our favourite thing about this cellar door is the outdoor area! Giant hay bale stack to climb, sandpit, cubby house and more!
Turkey Flat Vineyards
Turkey Flat Vineyards is a beautiful little cellar door. The indoor area is incredibly cosy and has a beautiful intimate feel about it. It's the sort of place we'd end a pre-kids wine tour. You know, to sink a few wines before heading back to the hotel to have a quick nap before heading out for a lavish dinner?
On a cold winter day, book the babysitter for the night and get some Mummy and Daddy time by cosying up together for an afternoon with a bottle of really decent red. The Hop on Hop off Barossa Explorer even stops here so you don't even have to drive.
On a warmer sunnier day, this place is highly likely to be a totally gorgeous place to hang out with the whole family. Picnic benches (check with them for what you can/can't bring), lovely lawns adjacent to the vines and giant Jenga never disappoints. Happy days highly likely.
A truly beautiful cellar door with some outstanding wines.
|Turkey Flat Vineyards|
We were invited to Liebichwein cellar door during our visit to the Barossa Valley. Owner Janet Liebich's email perfectly summarised what we could expect... "We have made kids welcome for years by offering a red soft drink, taste size in a plastic wine glass. Our cute dog usually is around and we have space for children to be creative in or outdoors. For adults we offer a wide range of wines to suit most palates in a casual relaxed atmosphere with reasonable prices for quality wines."
The Winey Kid absolutely loved the red soft drink! How cool to be included in the tasting!
A fun and off-the-beaten-track cellar door which offers down to earth hospitality and a friendly welcome. Oh, and an INCREDIBLE selection of fortified wines... available in bulk!
We were invited to visit Kellermeister cellar door during our stay. What struck us most when we arrived was the number of little people about the place! I don't think there was a group there who didn't have a Winey Kid with them.
This was an incredibly relaxed cellar door with an awesome family friendly vibe about it. All the Winey Kids were wandering about with their free kids packs, or items from the toy box. I spotted a change table in the ladies toilets. There was a lovely expanse of lawn with quoits and ball games which our little person enjoyed. Very very relaxing.
Food wise, you can opt for an amazing looking platter (we didn't eat here, just admired others platters!) or buy your own bits and pieces from a well stocked fridge. Being late afternoon, we opted for a couple of blocks of rocky road! Yum!
And as for the wine, don't miss the single vineyard Mataro, or the Wild Witch Shiraz, given 97 points by James Halliday and in 2012 voted the worlds best Shiraz. Yum!
Other family friendly cellar doors in the Barossa
On previous visits to the Barossa, we have enjoyed visiting the following cellar doors as a family.
Whistler Wines is well known for its family friendly cellar door and regular events. Visit their spacious property for lots of outdoor play including play equipment, kangaroo enclosure, treasure hunt and tree climbing! It's a perfect spot for a game of cricket too!
Artisans of the Barossa
This is a beautiful cellar door for food and wine loving parents with a range of wines from boutique producers available in the Tasting Room and delicious food in the Harvest Kitchen.
We visited in summer when the large green lawn adjacent to the cellar door becomes a mini cricket ground! Off season, they tell us that the lawn is still perfect for cartwheels, running and chasing or terrorising your siblings!
|Artisans of the Barossa|
Some impressive wines to taste at this picturesque cellar door. Whilst it's a relaxed tasting environment seated around a big table for the average punter, if your kids are a bit grouchy it could be tricky to taste easily. Instead, we suggest getting a glass of wine and sitting on the lawn or verandah whilst your kids take advantage of the bats and balls available. Heaven!
Jacobs Creek Visitor Centre
The ultimate tourist attraction for overseas wine lovers visiting the Barossa Valley!
We visited on a hot summers day where people were enjoying the large expanse of lawn by lounging on the provided beanbags.
If you're traveling with your nanny (that's a joke, but you never know) get him or her to entertain the kids with ice cream from the kiosk and games and picnic in the park whilst Mummy and Daddy have a delicious regional lunch at Fino followed by tasting Tawny Port from your birth year in the Seppeltsfield cellar door.
Maggie Beer's Farm Shop
Another major tourist destination and therefore usually fairly busy, Maggie Beer's Farm Shop provides a good light lunch option and food tasting experience. They have a kids platter option and we recommend getting a table next to the lake so you can dine whilst watching the turtles pop their heads above the surface!
Worth noting, this is a good place for pregnant wine loving Mummies to go because they have a tasty non-alcoholic sparkling Chardonnay!
Taking a break from food & wine
It can't be about food and wine all of the wine (no, really it can't) and we found the following activities to be a great way to have some family fun between cellar door visits.
Mengler Hill Lookout & the Barossa Sculpture Park
A beautiful lookout over the Barossa Valley and a great spot for the kids to burn some energy amongst the sculptures. A good spot for art and sculpture lovers too, and there's a picnic table so take your lunch!
|Mengler Hill Lookout|
Our 4 year old hadn't experienced bowling before and as a fun, physical and affordable activity to break up the monotony of visiting cellar doors (even the most experienced Winey Kid can get bored of even the best cellar doors after they've visited a gazillion of them in one day!) we ducked in to Barossa Bowland for a game of tenpin bowling! Great fun and she loved having an ice cream afterwards.
This place also has South Australia's largest crazy golf course so you could easily spend a few hours here. Too cold for that on the winter day we visited though!
Herbig Family Tree
A really big, old tree! But the story behind it is really interesting about a family who lived inside it for 5 years. If you're passing through Springton make sure you stop and check it out!
Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
A great Saturday morning market with zero pretentiousness, heaps of local produce and lots to sample! Your Winey Kids will quickly become Foodie Kids as you wander around the stalls!
|Mount Pleasant Farmers Market|
Eden Valley Scenic Lookout
A great family picnic spot with lovely views over the Eden Valley. There's a nice green area too for a kick around with a ball. When we visited there wasn't any shade so be careful in the warmer months to pack hats and sunscreen!
|Eden Valley Scenic Lookout|
Take a drive south to the Whispering Wall at the Barossa Reservoir. Send one half of the family over to the other side (a 140 meter walk over the top of the wall - send those who don't mind heights!) and chat to each other as if you're standing next to each other! It really works!
Lyndoch Recreation Park
We stopped at the Lyndoch Recreation Park for a picnic. There's a good playground, a picnic bench and toilets. Some big trees too so I'd assume it would be relatively shady on a hot day.
|Lyndoch Recreation Park|
Family Friendly Accommodation
Discovery Holiday Park, Tanunda
For this trip we wanted to stay somewhere affordable, family friendly and central. The Discovery Holiday Park in Tanunda has a range of cabins and we opted for a 2-bedroom Deluxe cabin on a winter 4 nights for the price of 3 deal!
The park is great to stay on with kids because there's a huge jumping pillow, a games room and a small playground. We liked being self contained but having the amenities of a holiday park. The park is also very central and in walking distance to Tanunda.
Seppeltsfield View Cabins
During our visit we were invited to pay a visit to Seppeltsfield View Cabins to view their family friendly accommodation. Unfortunately we ran out of time so didn't get the chance to personally visit but Sharon from Seppeltsfield View told is the following -
"We have animals and are just awaiting approval for our horse arena where we will be holding pony and horse lessons for all visitors to the region.
Our accomodation is family friendly and we have 6 log cabins at the moment but are looking at extending."