Who doesn’t like colourful landscapes, cosy drinks and iconic sights? Autumn in the Barossa Valley is not just a season; it's an experience. For Adelaide residents and tourists alike, this enchanting time of year offers a myriad of events that showcase the rich culture, exquisite culinary delights, and vibrant community spirit of the region. From community breakfasts to high teas, markets, exhibitions, and wine tastings, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Here's a guide to making the most of your autumn in the Barossa Valley.

The Magic of Autumn in the Barossa

Autumn in the Barossa Valley is a season of breathtaking transformation and vibrant activity, making it one of the most magical times to visit. As the region buzzes with the excitement of the grape harvest, visitors are treated to the unique sight of harvesters at work, trucks laden with grapes winding through the roads, and vineyard workers, easily spotted by the telltale splashes of purple from a day spent among the vines.

This period, known as vintage, is the heart of winemaking, offering a rare glimpse into the process that turns Barossa's grapes into world-renowned wines. The latest update is that almost all of the harvest in the Barossa is over, with tired winemakers visiting Artisans of Barossa for their morning coffee rounds as they wait for Eden Valley fruit to finish ripening.

The transformation of the landscape during autumn is equally captivating. The vineyards themselves become a living canvas, evolving with strokes of yellow, orange, and red as the leaves turn with the cooler nights. This kaleidoscope of colours against the backdrop of the Barossa's rolling hills creates a picturesque setting that is not to be missed. The changing season also signals a shift in agricultural rhythms, with local farmers beginning to sow winter crops, adding another layer of beauty and interest to the region's vast paddocks.

So, where should you visit to make the most of your Autumn trip?

Community Breakfast Bar

Start your weekend right with a heartwarming visit to the Community Breakfast Bar, where local community groups serve up hot bacon and egg breakfast rolls with a unique twist. Each week features a different group's take on this iconic breakfast roll, using fresh produce from market stallholders to create something truly special. It's more than just breakfast; it's a way to support local community initiatives, from buying new camping equipment to supporting local foundations. Gather your friends and family for a delightful morning that feeds both your stomach and your soul.

Barossa Valley High Tea with Live Music

Spend an afternoon immersed in the rich German heritage of the Barossa Valley. The Barossa Valley High Tea is an exquisite event where you can enjoy traditional German delicacies, sip on your choice of sparkling wines, and listen to live music in a stunning setting. It's a perfect way to relax, indulge, and experience the cultural richness of the valley.

Chris Isaak In Concert: A Musical Highlight This Autumn 

This autumn, the Barossa Valley is set to host an unforgettable event that will resonate through the vineyards and echo in the hearts of music lovers. Platinum-selling and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Chris Isaak is making a highly anticipated return to Australia, marking his first tour down under since 2016. This national tour, titled "In Concert," is not just a musical journey but a celebration of Isaak's illustrious career, which has enchanted audiences for over three decades.

A Stellar Line-Up in a Picturesque Setting

Chris Isaak, known for his exceptional songwriting and captivating performances, will grace the stage in several stunning locations across Australia, including Geelong, Hunter Valley, Bowral, Mount Cotton, and notably, the Barossa Valley. This performance is part of the renowned "A Day on the Green" series, which combines world-class music with the serene beauty of Australia's most iconic wineries and outdoor venues.

Isaak's extensive catalogue features some of the most iconic and timeless songs in contemporary music. Hits like "Somebody’s Crying," "Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing," and the hauntingly beautiful "Wicked Game" have solidified his place in music history. Accompanied by his long-term band, Silvertone, Isaak's live shows are known for their sophistication, energy, and the ability to connect deeply with the audience.

Special Guests Adding to the Musical Feast

The event will also feature a lineup of very special guests, enriching the musical experience. Attendees will enjoy performances by Boy & Bear, Mark Seymour & The Undertow (excluding VIC), Vika & Linda, Ella Hooper (VIC only), and Mason Watts (QLD only). This diverse collection of artists ensures that the concert will offer a wide range of musical styles, making it a must-attend event for music aficionados.

An Invitation to Savour the Barossa

In addition to the musical extravaganza, you’re encouraged to immerse yourselves in the full Barossa Valley experience. With a visit planned for this event, it's the perfect opportunity to explore the region's renowned culinary and vinicultural offerings. Make your wine tasting and lunch reservations at Artisans of Barossa quickly. The event weekend promises to be bustling, and securing your spot is essential for ensuring a memorable experience.

Makers Market Kapunda

On the third Sunday of each month, from November to April, the Kapunda Town Square transforms into a vibrant showcase of regional artisans, designers, and producers at the Makers Market Kapunda. Whether you're there to browse, buy, or simply soak up the atmosphere, this market is a celebration of creativity and community you won't want to miss.

Patterns and Textures and Lines, Oh My!

Explore the beauty of repetitive processes in craft making at the "Patterns and Textures and Lines, Oh My!" exhibition. This event highlights the therapeutic and meditative benefits of craft and design, showcasing intricate patterns and lines created through techniques such as coiling with clay or repeating stitches. It's a testament to the tranquil beauty that can be achieved through dedication and creativity.

Conversations with my Father Exhibition by Alan Todd

Delve into the personal and poignant world of artist Alan Todd with the "Conversations with my Father" exhibition. This collection of paintings explores the unspoken conversations between Todd and his father, offering a unique insight into the artist's life and the complex relationships that shape us. It's a moving experience that art lovers should not miss.

Barossa Art Trail

Hey there! Ready for an adventure through the Barossa Valley's incredible art scene? The Barossa Art Trail is your ticket to discover the stunning mix of art, craft, and design amidst one of Australia's top wine regions. Imagine popping into contemporary galleries and unique craft studios, each offering a window into the vibrant creativity and heritage of the Barossa. It's more than just a tour; it's an immersion into the soul of this enchanting place.


Right in the heart of the Barossa, the JamFactory at Seppeltsfield is a must-see for anyone who loves contemporary craft and design. Set in the estate's old horse stables, this spot is buzzing with the spirit of the region's artistic talent. Think knife making, ceramics, glass, and more, all under one roof! Plus, the JamFactory shop is the perfect place to snag a high-quality piece that directly supports the artisans. It's a creative paradise that celebrates the best of local craftsmanship.

Charlie Ryan at Artisans of Barossa

Charlie Ryan’s work is currently displayed at Artisans of Barossa. Charlie Ryan is a contemporary artist and designer, planted on Bunurong Country in the hinterland of the Mornington Peninsula, Australia. His artworks entwine the unbounded connection between nature, selfhood, kinship, and community. Predominantly portraying formed natural abstracts, the artist likes to tell stories through the metaphors of nature. Join us for a glass of wine and preview the works until May 31st. Book here to secure your spot.

Wonderground Barossa

Ever wanted to step into a contemporary art scene right in the middle of a picturesque vineyard? Wonderground Barossa is your spot. Founded by the dynamic duo Kirsty Kingsley and Renee de Saxe, this gallery and cellar door is nestled in a century-old farmhouse with views for days. It's all about exploring the vibrant contemporary art of the valley while enjoying some celebrated local wines. A serene backdrop, eclectic exhibitions—it's a feast for the senses.

Barossa Farmers Market

As the autumn leaves begin to turn, the Barossa Valley’s tapestry of flavours, colours, and community spirit comes alive. A highlight of the season is the Barossa Farmers Market, a genuine haven for food lovers and a celebration of regional South Australian produce. Open every Saturday morning from 7:30 to 11:30, it’s an event not to be missed.

Nestled in the heart of the valley, the market offers a cornucopia of fresh, seasonal ingredients and artisan-made delights. From the earthy goodness of local vegetables and fruits to the finest meats and freshly baked bread, each stall tells a story of passion and dedication. Gourmet oils, preserves, heavenly pastries, succulent dumplings, decadent cakes, and sweet treats abound, complemented by aromatic coffee and unique local specialties.

The Barossa Farmers Market stands on the land of the Ngadjuri people, and this connection is honoured with a heartfelt Acknowledgement of Country. Respects are paid to the Elders past and present of the Ngadjuri, as well as the Peramangk and Kaurna peoples, the traditional custodians of the Barossa and Adelaide Hills region. This respect extends to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

Many of the stallholders are proud suppliers to the Artisans of Barossa's Providore and Kitchen, showcasing the very best of what the region has to offer. Visiting the market not only allows you to indulge in the finest local produce but also to support the artisans and growers who make the Barossa Valley a food and wine lover’s paradise.

Artisans of Barossa: A Must-Visit Destination

There is plenty to explore within the walls of Artisans of Barossa for wine lovers in Autumn. From tailored tasting sessions, experiences to discover unique insights with our 'Grenache Project' and 'Shiraz Six Origins' tastings, diving deep into the nuances of Barossa wines, or soaking up the colours of our iconic vineyard. However, Autumn also marks the release of our new seasonal menu at Essen, featuring two standout Signature Essen experiences:

Discovery Menu: A three-course journey at $90 per person, including Chef's snacks, with choices for your entrée and main course.

Chef's Menu: A deeper exploration of Barossa cuisine with five courses at $110 per person.

Both menus offer the option to enhance your meal with curated wine pairings from our selection of 40 wines available for tasting, by the glass, or in flights, perfectly complementing the autumnal bounty of Barossa.

With seating available indoors and on the terrace, Essen's ambiance is perfectly aligned with the harvest season, providing a captivating experience that marries the beauty of the valley with innovative culinary creations.

Join us at Essen by Artisans of Barossa for a contemporary take on seasonal Barossa cuisine, or at the Delikatessen & Providore for relaxed all-day dining with great coffee and breathtaking vineyard views. Given our recent accolades and the bustling season, including events like Easter and school holidays, reservations are highly encouraged to secure your spot at this celebrated dining venue.

Tips for Visiting Barossa in Autumn

Visiting the Barossa Valley during autumn requires a bit of planning to make the most of your experience. Here are some tips to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable visit:

Dress in Layers: The Barossa's autumn weather is characterised by warm, sunny days and cooler evenings. It's advisable to wear light clothing during the day and have warm clothes, such as a cardigan or jumper, for the evening. The temperature can drop significantly after sunset, even if the day has been warm, so having layers on hand will allow you to adapt comfortably to the changing conditions.

Experience the Vintage: If you're visiting during the grape harvest, take the opportunity to learn about the winemaking process. Many wineries offer tours or events that provide insight into the vintage, from picking to pressing. It's a unique experience that offers a deeper appreciation of the wine you enjoy.

Enjoy the Autumn Colours: Make time to explore the outdoors and enjoy the stunning autumn scenery. Whether it's a leisurely drive through the wine country, a picnic among the vineyards, or a hike in the nearby hills, the vibrant autumn colours provide a spectacular backdrop to any activity.

Plan for Cooler Nights: Remember that the temperature can drop quickly in the evening. When dining out or attending outdoor events, bring along a warm layer to ensure you stay comfortable throughout the evening.

Explore Seasonal Activities: Autumn in the Barossa is not just about the vintage. It's also a fantastic time to enjoy seasonal produce, local markets, and festivals that celebrate the region's rich culture and heritage. Check local listings for any events happening during your visit.

Autumn in the Barossa Valley is a season filled with warmth, culture, and community. Whether you're an Adelaide local or a visiting tourist, these events offer a unique way to experience the heart and soul of this beautiful region. From enjoying a simple breakfast with a purpose to indulging in the fine wines and foods of the valley, there's no better time to explore the Barossa than this autumn.