There are numerous things to do to occupy your time in the Barossa Valley. Premium wines, including the world-famous Barossa Valley Shiraz and Eden Valley Riesling, regional produce and acclaimed restaurants are all paired together to provide a gastronomic experience second to none. The picturesque rolling hills of the Barossa Ranges overlook a colourful patchwork of vineyards and picture-book villages, dotted with historic churches, stone buildings, thatched-roof barns and cottages beckoning visitors to explore. You will find yourself wishing you had stayed longer.
On the official Barossa Valley tourism website at http://www.barossa.com/ you will find an extensive list of experiences covering self guided tours, walking and cycling, food and wine attractions, shopping, galleries and museums, parks and gardens, children and families and golf. There are also links to commercial tour providers where you can choose from a wide variety of transport options including bike hire, hot air balloon rides, helicopter tours, trikes and of course buses and cars.
The website also covers information on the towns that comprise the Barossa Valley, the history, traditions and culture of the region, events, information on the climate, how to get here and much more. And of course, there are the wineries. You can download a touring map (we keep copies in the cottage) and plan your trip before you arrive, or just take it as it comes and discover your own Barossa.
Within walking distance of the cottage
Within walking distance of Greenock’s Old Telegraph Station cottage you will find the following:
Barossa’s newest cafe – El Estanco in Greenock – is open daily from 7am to 6pm. Great friendly service, eclectic decor and the most fabulous tarts! Perfect for breakfast, lunch or any time of day. Coffee how you like it, proper brewed chai, eat in, out the front or around the side – a great addition to our village. Note: The Old Telegraph Station does not manage the cafe – do not ring the Old Telegraph Station for lunch bookings!
Food Luddite – passionate advocate for the old ways of food preparation. The Food Luddite Kitchen is a hands on cooking school designed to make cooking and learning both enjoyable and rewarding. Changing with the seasons, classes at the Food Luddite Kitchen are all about food, where it comes from, how it grows and the simple ways to make it delicious. Classes can be booked online, however, if you would like to organize a private class or have a particular time, date or subject in mind, contact them to discuss possibilities.
Murray Street Vineyards - where traditional winemaking is a passion. Winemaker Andrew Seppelt, together with a small team of friends and family, produce wine that conveys the rich viticultural traditions of the Barossa – Shiraz and Shiraz blends, Eden Valley Riesling – and forges fresh ground with varieties new to the region – Viognier and Marsanne. A glass of MSV isn’t simply a statement about fine wine, it is the beginning of a conversation. Why not join them!
Kalleske Wine Store - The Kalleske family have been farming and growing grapes since 1853 near the village of Greenock. Their vineyard is low yielding with grapes grown organically and biodynamically and the winery is certified biodynamic/organic. The Kalleske family are active practitioners of sustainable farming. They are caretakers of the land and not only want to maintain the environment but improve it for future generations. All Kalleske wines are estate grown and vinified with minimalist winemaking techniques used to fully capture the essence of the vineyard allowing genuine hand made estate wines to be produced. Wines from Kalleske have been seven generations in the making, but they are certainly worth the wait!
In the cottage you will find a brochure containing an “Historical Walk of Greenock Barossa Valley”. It is produced by the Greenock Heritage Group and gives a brief history of Greenock and some of the old buildings and houses in the town. Most of the points of interest are clustered around the main street surrounding the cottage. You can have a preview of some of the buildings here.