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The Barossa offers everything you'd expect from Australia's most famous wine region. Winemakers waiting to share their secrets at the cellar door; landscapes etched with manicured vineyards; passionate food producers proffering their wares at country markets; and grand chateaux surrounded by ornate gardens. And it's all just an hour from Adelaide.

The Barossa is a relaxed and friendly place, where during your holiday, you can share a drink with the people who actually make the region's wines.

The region owes much of its appeal to the European peasant farmers and English free settlers who made the place home from the 1850s. You'll get a taste of their rich cultural legacy in superb Barossa specialty foods, dozens of festivals and events, historic architecture and inspiring arts and antique galleries.

The lie of the Land See the patchwork of vineyards and farms from the lookout on Mengler Hill. The many spires that punctuate the landscape remind you just how important worship was (and still is) to the Barossa community.

The road continues as the scenic route to Angaston. Mengler Hill Lookout is located east of Tanunda and west of Angaston.

Take a winery tour in a limousine or vintage car, or float above the valley in a hot-air balloon. Wake up in the Barossa after spending the night in a restored settler's cottage, a resort suite, a luxurious country house or a shady caravan park.

Sample German wursts and cakes in heritage bakeries and butcher stores as you follow the Barossa's Butcher, Baker, Winemaker Trail. And get right into the swing of things at one of the 100 events making up the biennial Barossa Vintage Festival.

What's a wine region without a chateau or three? The divine buildings and grounds of Chateau Yaldara house a new cafe and larder. The magnificently restored Chateau Tanunda has a gorgeous cricket oval and croquet lawn, and is also home to the Barossa Small Winemakers Centre.

Seppeltsfield, one of Australia's grandest wine chateaux, began life as a dairy in 1851; and Chateau Barossa's parklands feature more than 20,000 rose bushes of more than 2000 varieties.

Rise and shine with the Barossa Farmers Market, held every Saturday morning from 7.30am to 11.30am and boasting real food from the homes and farms of the Barossa. Located just behind Vintners Bar & Grill near Angaston, it's a food-only market reflecting the heritage and traditions of the region.

By Car

From Adelaide take Main North Road (A20) to Sturt Highway and enter via Gawler and the Barossa Valley Way. Or, from Adelaide take Lower North East Road (A10) out of Adelaide and travel through Chain of Ponds in the Adelaide Hills to Williamstown in the southern Barossa.

By Bus

A daily bus service makes regular stops at townships along the route from both Adelaide to the Barossa. Many coach and tour operators run tours to and within the region.