By Jacqueline Alanne
October 2, 2020 | 4 minute read
Taste Eden Valley
If you and your pooch suffer crippling separation anxiety like ours do (more us than the dog), chances are, you take them everywhere.
You’re probably as used to opening the back door of the car to let them in as you are the driver’s door. Maybe, you’ve even got some kind of portable water bowl ready to roll, not to mention snacks, poo bags, a spare lead, and a tennis racket/ball combo.
For doggo-obsessed owners, even a weekend away feels like a century. I’ll admit it. “I wonder what Lou’s doing right now” has come out of this Border Collie owner’s mouth more times than she can count.
If you relate to the above, you are our kind of people. You’re also in luck. Who says you can’t spend a winey weekend in the Barossa Valley with your best boy or girl at your feet? You can. Here, the doggo-friendliest wineries going round. You’re welcome.
* At the time of writing, activities and places mentioned in this guide are at varying stages of recovery from COVID-19. Please check government and business websites for specific details on opening times and any restrictions before you travel.
In a beautiful shaded setting, find the celebrated St Hallett Wines winery and cellar door. Offering cheese platters, chocolate and wine flights, park your pooch under the trees and enjoy a flavourful journey, as well as a casual history lesson dating back to 1944. The chance to taste cellar door exclusive, single vineyard wines, and old block shiraz doesn’t hurt either…
St Hallett Winery
With two of their wines making it into the recent SA Hot 100 Wines, (including one delectable Barbera) these guys have a lot to celebrate – and plenty to offer. One of the newer cellar doors of the region, enjoy a generous outdoor bar space overlooking the vineyard, where if weather permits, you can enjoy an outdoor tasting with the pooch at your feet! Bring the kids, bring the pets, all are welcome at Redheads.
One of the older Barossan wineries, Bethany’s first vines were planted in 1852 next to the town of Bethany. Prepare for beautiful views over their 38 hectares from the cellar door and delicious Shiraz.
While dogs are more than welcome on their grounds, there’s even a Bethany trail to take your dog along! Take a historical walk of Bethany, a 5km loop around the town with 22 interesting points along the way. Get your dose of history AND exercise the pooch!
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It’s a co-op! Bringing together the best boutique wines of the Eden Valley region, Taste Eden Valley has big shady grounds and a doggo water bowl to keep your best bud cool and hydrated.
Taste wines from producers including Chaffey Bros, Gatt Wines, Eden Hall, Forbes & Forbes, Poonawatta, and Mountadam Vineyards. At Taste Eden Valley, your options are exciting and plentiful!
Find Langmeil in Tanunda, where the Barossa meets the Eden Valley – well, in the bottle. Also once an old village, Langmeil famously lays claim to the oldest surviving Shiraz vineyard in the world. Planted in 1843, 3.5 of these ancient acres remain today. Explore the Stables turned cellar door, Blacksmith Shop, and Crossing Cottage with the pooch in tow!
This is one funky little venture. Finding its home in a 1930’s distillery, find the new wave range of First Drop wines alongside old school and new school tapas.
Priding themselves on their wines’ drinkability, you’ll find a range of varietals and grape origins, from the Adelaide Hills to McLaren Vale, and of course, the Barossa. It’s a fun time. With a large outdoor dining area, sitting under those sails, you and the pup will be equally content.
Special non-winery doggo-friendly mentions: Greenock Brewers, Rehn Beer, & Seppeltsfield Road Distillers.
If there’s somewhere you want to visit but are unsure if best boy can come along, simply call ahead. Trust me, they’re used to it. So go forth and prosper in wine country, with #1 by your side in the Barossa Valley!
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