Wine tasting at Barossa Valley’s oldest wineries

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 07/26/2023

Reading time: 3 mins

The Barossa Valley is one of Australia’s oldest and most famous wine regions.

The Barossa Valley has some of the most famous wines in the country and the region alone is well-known worldwide.

Did you know the Barossa Valley boasts vineyards and wineries that have been around since the 1800s? The wineries have such a rich heritage; most are family-owned. Below is a list of some of the oldest wineries in the Barossa Valley. They’re all worth checking out!

Jacob’s Creek

Jacob’s Creek first opened their cellar in 1847. The original vision was to create great-tasting wines that reflect the true character of the grapes and the land. A testament to that vision’s success is that Jacob’s Creek is one of the oldest wineries and perhaps has some of the most popular Australian wines. You might spot them in bars, restaurants, and wine stores.

If you are interested in trying some famous wines, Jacob’s Creek has a selection of delicious wine-tasting experiences you can try. You can book an hour experience for the double barrel, or you can do a simple 30-minute experience for a range of different wines. Better yet, you have the option to relax outside and have a picnic for two hours – enjoy a bottle of wine and try some delicious food to cleanse the palate.

Glass of red wine


Founder Samuel Smith planted the first Yalumba vines back in 1849. Six generations later, Yalumba stands as one of the oldest Barossa wineries, fiercely independent and proudly family-owned.

Fun fact: The Yalumba Cooperage is still being used to continue the proud tradition of crafting oak barrels. What’s more, it is the only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere!

Today, Yalumba provides unmissable wine-tasting experiences, alongside a chance to learn the history of the estate. We recommend that you book yourself a seat for a tasting of about an hour.  This will give you enough time to sample a range of different tastings, from rare and fine wines to the best of Barossa.


In 1851, Joseph Seppelt purchased land with plans to farm tobacco, but over time transitioned to the cultivation of grapes. Steeped in rich Barossan heritage, the estate has grown to be considered a true national treasure. Many people say that Seppeltsfield helped shape the history of the Australian wine industry. What started out as an attempt to keep up with the wine demand from England has turned into one of the oldest and most renowned Australian wineries.

Today you can go into Seppeltsfield Winery and sit down for a wine-tasting experience. The wine tasting takes around 45 minutes and you have the option to select from their wine tasting list.

If you are interested in any sort of wine tasting through the Barossa, there is a one-day tour for wine and food lovers you can book. As part of this tour, you will go to four different wineries in the Barossa Valley, complete with a delicious lunch in between.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.