2 of 1000: Barossa Valley and Hunter Valley, Australia

Posted by on July 22, 2012
Barossa Valley, Australia

Colorful grape-vines

On our life long quest to see all 1000 Places To See Before You Die, we have already seen many places that are truly worth of being on that list. We have also seen places along the way that were so stunning and beautiful that we decided to put them on our own list. This time though, we decided to scratch two places of the list: The Barossa Valley and Hunter Valley.

Both these valleys are wine regions and it might just be a coincidence that so far in Australia we only scratched wine regions of the list. It might also be that since Soni doesn’t linke wine and I am not a big wine drinker myself, we do not really appreciate the beauty of wine regions.

We did get to see Barossa Valley in May, a time when all the leaves turned into pretty colors of red and yellow. Unfortunately, by the time we got to Hunter Valley (end of June) all the leaves have already fallen off and all we saw was empty grape-vines.

Barossa Valley

Barossa Valley

Both regions used to be famous for their wines back in the 90s. That’s probably why they are in the book. I am sure that these regions do offer a lot for wine lovers and couples looking for a romantic retreat with cozy bed and breakfasts. Since we are currently on a romantic getaway year, we don’t really have the need for it.

To be honest, I didn’t see much difference to the beautiful wine regions in Italy, France or the wine regions in our own backyard back in Germany. That’s why we have concluded that both, the Barossa Valley and Hunter Valley are nice, but should not appear on our own List of 1000 Places To See Before You Die.

One Response to 2 of 1000: Barossa Valley and Hunter Valley, Australia

  1. Matthew P.

    Hi there,

    Not sure you should be so hasty to remove the Barossa Valley from your 1000 places. As an Australian who grew up an hour away, I can tell you that the Barossa continues to churn out the best wines the world drinks. Its popularity is not limited to the 1990s.

    I haven’t lived in Australia since 2000, but every time we return, we visit one or more of the wine regions, the Barossa being at the top of the list. Having been to wine regions in Canada (British Columbia, Ontario) the US (Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley), Germany (Rhine Valley), France (Beaujolais), Turkey, as well as almost all of the wine regions in Australia, I can tell you that the Barossa Valley is at the top of that group. It offers not only red wines that it is famous for, but fantastic whites, sparklings and also now gins and vodkas.

    Additionally the small towns each have so much charm and it’s all within a pretty small radius. A great place to spend a few days and take in the wine and beautiful food to match!

    Please don’t read this post and write off the Barossa Valley. You would truly be missing one of the 1000 places to visit before you die, and one of the best 50 places to visit if you love good wine.

    Matthew

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