This is our fourth extended stay in the Barossa Valley, our home away from home in Australia.
The Barossa (yes, the Aussies refer to it as the Barossa just as they refer to Alice Springs as The Alice, to Western Australia as The WA, and to two other regions of The WA as The Kimberley and The Pilbara. It’s just one of those strange little Aussie-isms that cannot be explained) looks a lot like San Luis Obispo. It’s a long, wide valley surrounded by green hills (or yellow ones, depending on this time of year). Vineyards carpet the floor of the valley and creep up the edges of the hills. It has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth.
There are no cities in the Barossa, just a few charming old villages scattered here and there among the vineyards. Nuriootpa has 5700 people; Tanunda, where we’ve always stayed in the past, has 4500; Angaston, where we’re staying this time, and Lyndoch have 1900 each.
The Barossa is a wonderful place and we really do feel at home here.