Similar to some of the other big-ticket Barossa wineries, the cellar door at Jacob’s Creek, one of Australia’s leading wine exporters, is less of a tasting booth, more of a lifestyle – the kind of place where you come to sip some wines, then stay all day.
If you’re in leisure mode (this is you, right?), have a coffee and a platter lunch in the café, sniff out some herbs in the kitchen garden, or spread a blanket by the vines and launch into a picnic hamper (you can keep the blanket!). Feeling more active? Send down a few aces on the tennis court, play table tennis, explore the bike tracks and native gardens, or wander along the banks of slow-flowing Jacob’s Creek itself.
Distractions and attractions are certainly myriad, but wine remains the main game here. Tastings are democratic and affordable, starting as low as $5 (non-redeemable). If you want to grab a bottle or two to go, ask about Jacob’s Creek’s adventurous ‘Limited Release’ range, featuring the likes of vermentino, gewürztraminer and fumé blanc, plus organic and biodynamic wines.