Famous around the world for producing the finest Shiraz and Riesling, the Barossa Valley is one of Australia’s most significant and acclaimed wine regions – with over 80 cellar doors spread over three country towns and a laid-back, regional ambience that is so ingrained in Australian wine country. Think: farm-to-table eateries, rustic cellar doors and must-not-miss bars; and unless you have a month to spend working your way through the region, chances are you’re going to have to narrow down your list.
If you’re heading to the Barossa Valley, here’s what you need to do, all supported by Cash Passport by Mastercard® (Cash Passport) – the smarter way to travel. Last minute trip? Don’t worry. Order online and have the Cash Passport delivered to your home in just three days.
Wander the Barossa Farmer’s Market: A Saturday morning ritual for every local and their dog, the Barossa Farmer’s Markets are a must for lovers of fresh produce and home-baked goods. Not all stalls accept debit or credit cards, but luckily Cash Passport is accepted at millions of ATMs, so that won’t be an issue. Plus, you’ll walk away with anything from steaming focaccias baked that morning from Eleni’s Barossa Handmade Produce to creamy homemade butter from Jersey Fresh Cream.
Visit one of the region’s most famous wineries: One of the most internationally recognised Australian wine brands, Penfolds gets a spot on our list because it offers guests a truly unique and hands-on experience. Step inside the Wine Maker’s Laboratory and become a winemaker for the day. The expert team will guide you through your blending experience where you’ll create a unique blend from Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre (depending on your personal tastes and preferences) using grapes sourced directly from the valley. At the end of the experience, Penfolds will bottle up your creation for you to enjoy.
If you want to purchase any of the wines on location, take advantage of Penfolds’ free shipping and take advantage of the contactless card from Cash Passport, that is accepted globally at merchants including retail stores, fast food restaurants, pharmacies, grocery and convenience stores, at transit locations and of course at wineries.
Local produce with a twist: If you’re looking to change it up a little, fermentAsian blends Southeast Asian cuisine with a wine list like no other. Feast on the Chef’s Table menu that is $75 per person and can feature anything from pork betel leaves and crispy Hanoi spring rolls to succulent South Australian prawns and creamy massaman curry. A truly refreshing addition to the famed Barossa Valley food scene, a night out at fermentAsian is always a good one when paying with your Cash Passport – it is secure, not linked to your bank account and is chip and pin protected; keeping your mind at ease all night.
Coffee is a must: Possibly the most important part of the day for any Australia, Barossa Valley doesn’t disappoint when it comes to a good drip. Keils Fine Food & Coffee is a popular pitstop for locals and is said to have some of the best coffee in town, alongside a small menu of hearty brunch fare. If you’re travelling with friends and need to split the bill, the Cash Passport app allows for instant transfers between cards issued in New Zealand or Australia.
More Wine: Established in 1890, the majestic Chateau Tanunda Estate has been a staple in the Barossa Valley for over 125 years. Once the largest winemaking facility in the Southern Hemisphere and still one of the oldest vineyards in the region, this winery has well and truly earned its official place on the Register of State Heritage Places. Make sure you don’t get lost in the history and forget to taste their award-winning wines, after all that’s the reason they’ve been in business for well over a century. If you’re worried too much wine might result in losing a few things, make sure you order that secondary Cash Passport card. Should you lose your primary card, you can suspend it via the app, and then carry on purchasing bottles with your secondary card.
Chef’s Table Dinner at Casa Carboni: If you’re looking to indulge in the region’s finest produce—with an Italian twist—Casa Carboni is right where you need to be. Northern Italian couple Fiona and Matteo Carboni serve up a set-menu feast using seasonal produce from the farm gate and Barossa Farmers Market. Worried about how much you’re spending? Luckily, you can load your Cash Passport with any amount between $100 and $100k. Though if you’re still worried you’ll overspend, track your spend via the Cash Passport App – no matter which currency you’re spending in. It’s that easy.
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