The Barossa - Australia’s best winter escape destination

The Barossa - Australia’s best winter escape destination

If you’re chasing big blue skies, walks down country lanes, chilly winter evenings and the satisfaction of great wine and food for your mid-winter escape, 3 days in the Barossa will surely rank high on the list of ultimate destinations. 

Adelaide is famous for its large country town vibes which start as soon as your flight lands (assuming you’re visiting from interstate.) You’ll find yourself with luggage loaded and keys to the rental car in hand in comfortably less than a half hour from landing. The trip to Barossa from the airport takes around an hour with the Northern Expressway making for an effortless drive. At last count, we reckoned there are just 5 sets of traffic lights to navigate between the airport and your winter palace – the Residence at Schubert Estate.

The Residence is a fully restored, fully self-contained luxury 3-bedroom villa surrounded by vineyards along Australia’s best red wine address – Roennfeldt Road. Perfect for a private getaway for two, the Residence is also ideal for multi generation families travelling together or a group of great friends. No expense has been spared in creating a feeling of home away from home. Ducted heating throughout, heated floors in the bathrooms, piping hot showers, fluffy white towels and luxury bed linens set the tone. There’s a fully equipped kitchen, laundry and a big screen smart tv to catch the latest game or a movie. The library is stocked with board games and books, and we can help you place an order with the local supermarket to have you fully provisioned for your stay. And if you need to work (or at least project an impression of working), the study is a perfect retreat to sit through a Teams meeting connecting via complementary high-speed internet. The Residence also offers a free EV charging station for guests.


Basing yourself at The Residence means you’ll never have need to venture far to explore and discover the very best of Australia’s premier wine and food destination. If you’re keen to get your step count done for the day, take a morning walk along the world famous Heyson Trail to El Estanco in nearby Greenock just over 4kms away. (Driving is of course an option). The coffee is great, as are the pastries, cakes and freshly baked sourdough bread. The local vibe is en pointe. Or head east to the town of Angaston to Casa Carboni, the Barossa’s very own Italian inspired enoteca and cooking school. The Barossa Class on Thursday combines classic Italian cooking with exclusively local produce.


Included in your stay is a complementary wine tasting at the Schubert Estate Wine Room located next to The Residence. But we’re also equally proud of our neighbours and will happily help make tasting appointments for you at any number of the famous and emerging wineries located around Schubert Estate including Torbreck, Seppeltsfield, Two Hands and Greenock Creek. The Cutting is a rising star and hot local tip if you’re looking to discover something new. Also highly recommended is Artisans of Barossa which offers a unique experience playing host to 8 small winemakers and a great restaurant in one location.  Another 'must visit' is Rieslingfreak’s recently opened tasting room. This winery is the only one in Australia’s entirely focussed on a single grape variety – we’ll leave you to work our which one!

You can also visit Seppeltsfield Road Distillers for a gin tasting, or head into nearby Barossa Distilling Co in Nuriootpa. Their coffee liqueur is the secret to making the ultimate espresso martini, and the pizzas at Ember next door are second to none. Another casual dining option for lunch is located across the car park. The Home of the Brave delivers an outstanding taste of the Med’ tapas style.

Barossa is home to many of the best regional restaurants in South Australia. The restaurant at Hentley Farm offers a fine dining degustation experience with matching wines from the estate. Fino at Seppeltsfield is a local favourite, as is Harvest Kitchen based at the Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre. Fermentasian introduces the flavours of southeast Asia into the local culinary scene, and Vintners Bar & Grill has long been the lunch destination of choice for the Barossa wine community. There’s also family friendly dining at local pubs and Char in Tanunda is just the place if a great steak is your thing.

If you want to leave the car at The Residence, we can also make plenty of recommendations for a local driver be it a full day trip or restaurant transfer.

The beauty of staying in the Barossa is there is so much to see and do, but never too far to travel. Contact our Hospitality Manager for more information on the latest rates and specials at the Residence.

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