The wine valley is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Australia. A visit to the wine valley is not to be missed by any first time visitors to Australia. Apart from the scenic attraction, it also affords the visitors an opportunity to savor the taste of the freshly produced famous Australian wines and to witness its process of production, right from cleaning the grapes to the bottling or storing in barrels, of the finished product. Tourists are taken on a guided tour of the plant and explained about the various processes involved in the production of wine.
Itinerary – Organized winery tour at Adelaide Hills are a common feature in any itinerary of an Australian tourist, and to date remains one of the most popular items on an itinerary that would be recommended for any first time visitors to Australia. Careful consideration must be made, of the time taken, for a complete tour as this would necessarily involve a full day. An early morning tour during summer, would be ideal, as the midday scorching sun might be a spoiler. It is also absolutely essential that the visitors have a complete meal before a tour and invariably before commencing the tasting session. Usually bites are served during the tasting session and the best wines are served during meal times.
Storage – A typical wine cellar would consist of freshly produced wine stored in barrels, as well as in bottles. Guides, who conduct wine tours Barossa Valley would always ensure that the visitors get an opportunity of not only witnessing the production, but also tasting a variety of wines of different vintage. The taste of the wine would vary according to its age, as well as its storage conditions. Therefore utmost care is taken in the proper storage of wines, in order to retain its freshness and quality, for a longer period of time.
Purchase – Visitors are allowed to taste the different varieties of wine during a tasting session, following which they could purchase wines of their choice. Tasting of wines is a special skill and requires a fair amount of experience. During a group tour, one could witness the more experienced tasters giving the amateurs an insight into this skill and recommending particular varieties of wine for purchase. One should be careful to select the wine according to one’s taste as some wines could be too dry. The percentage of alcohol in the wine generally varies from barrel to barrel. It would therefore be prudent, if a proper note of the taste preferred by a particular individual is made, thus ensuring that the purchase is made from the barrel or batch preferred.