Barossa Valley

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Tanunda is surrounded by vineyards showing Autumn colour.
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Another view over the valley from Mengler's Hill

The Barossa Valley is a region of South Australia famous for tourism and wine. The three major towns of the Barossa each have a distinctive personality. Tanunda is generally recognised as the most German of the three with long-standing traditions dating back to the 1840s when the first German settlers arrived in the area. Angaston, in contrast, is considered the English town as it was settled predominantly by Cornish miners and others from Britain. The third town, Nuriootpa, was influenced by both the German and British settlers, and today is the commercial hub of the Barossa where most of the larger stores are located.

The wine industry plays a major role in the Barossa, being the main source of employment for many residents. The many hectares of vineyard are the most distinctive feature of the area, especially when viewed from the Mengler Hill lookout positioned on the range of hills that form one side of the valley itself. The success of the wine industry has historically been celebrated every two years (odd numbers) with a week-long Vintage Festival. The festival draws visitors from all over the world and has entertainment for all tastes including a huge street parade, concerts and gourmet dining.

Among the well known wineries located in the Barossa valley are Grant Burge, Jacob's Creek, Kaesler, Penfolds, Peter Lehmann, Wolf Blass, Rockford, Elderton and Yalumba. The Barossa Valley is located about an hour drive north of Adelaide. There is another fine wine producing region south of Adelaide known as the McLaren Vale. Other wine districts in South Australia include Coonawarra, Clare Valley and the Riverland.

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