barossa valley history tour

Truly a private Barossa Valley history tour unlike any other! Journey through picturesque landscapes and wander dusty cellars as you retrace the steps of the resilient pioneering settlers.

Who came from the other side of the world and why did they come to settle in the Barossa? What challenges did they face and how did they overcome them? How has the landscape been scuplted over the millenia to the way it is now and how does that affect the way different wines taste in the glass?

This unique and immersive private wine tour takes you behind closed doors into the private realms of historical wineries to unlock the secrets that define the region and it’s people.

With Small Batch Wine Tours, you’ll discover the secrets of this ancient landscape, how it came to be, and what makes it one of the world’s most reknown wine regions. Book your private Barossa Valley history tour today and discover South Australian wine history spanning almost 180 years.



> Behind the scenes tour at historic Yalumba winery
> Privately hosted masterclass of Yalumba’s highly prized wines
> Taste Your Birth Year directly from the barrel at Seppeltsfield
> Seasonal tasting-menu lunch included at Harvest Kitchen
> Wine tasting at Penfold’s – Australia’s most famous premium winery
> Fully private door-to-door luxury transport



1   off to the barossa valley

Barossa Valley Scenery

Your host will meet you at your city accommodation where your journey will begin. All of our local guides are trained wine experts who will also help you unlock the secrets of the Barossa Valley.
Your journey will take you North through the agricultiral belt, home to the farmers who supply Adelaide’s buzzing restaurant scene.


2   Mengler’s Hill Scenic Lookout

Scenic Barossa Valley vineyards

Your introduction to the beautiful Barossa will start on a high-point, at the towering Menglers Hills lookout with views across the expansive region. Here you’ll have a breathtaking visual introduction to the grape-growing landscape, how it was formed, and what that means in real-terms for winemaking today.
After a quick selfie or two, we’ll whisk you away over the top of the hill into the lesser seen high-country of the Barossa. The cooler climate of the Eden Valley awaits you.


3   Yalumba Unlocked Tour

Barossa History Tour Unlocked at Yalumba

It’s safe to say that the Barossa wouldn’t exist as it does today if it weren’t for the entrepreneurial Hill-Smith family starting Yalumba some 150 years ago. Breathe in the alluring aroma of the Signature Cellar, marvel at the workmanship of cooperage, and uncover the story of one of Australia’s First Families of Wine on your exclusive behind the scenes tour.


4   Yalumba Wine Tasting Masterclass

Barossa History Tour Yalumba Wine Tasting

Arriving back in the Yalumba Tasting Room, your Yalumba Wine Ambassador will sit you down to a privately hosted masterclass. Taste a selection of their most their prized wines and distinguished sites. With over 150 years of winemaking history under their belt, you’re sure to be in good hands.


5   Harvest Kitchen Seasonal Feast

Barossa Valley wine tour lunch at Harvest Kitchen

Perched on the hillside overlooking a vineyard, you’ll enjoy a seasonal feast at ever-popular Harvest Kitchen. Sourcing produce from local farmers wherever possible, you’ll taste the flavours that define the region and have made this one of South Australia’s best regional restaurants (all dietaries catered for).


6   Taste Your Birth Year @ Seppeltsfield

Taste Your Birth Year as part of Barossa wine history

Join one of the Seppeltsfield team on a journey to the hallowed Centenary Cellar. Here you’ll walk amongst barrels holding the oldest living wines in Australia. You’ll come across a wine barrel laid down in your birthyear, where your host will draw some of the nectar from within for you to experience a Taste of Your Birth Year. Truly a once in a lifetime experience!


7   Wine tasting at Penfold’s

Wine tasting at Penfolds in the Barossa Valley

One of the world’s most iconic wine brands, Penfolds has helped put the Barossa on the world wine stage. Finish your day tasting from their range of limited release wines – even the cult status Penfold’s Grange, for a price. See for yourself why Penfold’s is one Australia’s most highly regarded wine brands today.


    star rating  Our tour was very personalised and we went to wineries that we never would have found that were unique and had special qualities that we liked. (Family owned with... read more

    August 19, 2020