The Barossa Valley in Australia is a notable wine-producing region the northeast of Adelaide, South Australia. The area includes an array of high-profile wineries offering tours and cellar-door tastings, where Shiraz grapes dominate.

I had the pleasure of tasting Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. These wines mature in one barrel and then finish in an aged whiskey barrel. This double barrel technique adds layers of complexity and a very smooth finish to both wines. These wines are delicious and high quality, which you can enjoy with a variety of seasonal fare, tapas, and cheeses.

At Jacob’s Creek, you can visit and tour for the day. Here they have fresh local produce, great tasting wine, history, and breathtaking vineyard. You will see stunning views of the Barossa area and can enjoy lunch in the restaurant, which features seasonal dishes prepared from locally grown produce and the kitchen garden. You can choose to take a cooking class, book a tasting and lunch package, and or take a bike ride through the vineyards and along the famous creek!

I enjoyed my Jacob’s Creek Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon Double Barrel wines while taking a weekend away in Woodstock, NY. The fall scenery was the perfect background and atmosphere for these big, bold, Barossa Valley reds. Paired alongside were some olives and local NY cheeses, which went beautifully with the spice notes, red fruit flavors, and complexity in the wines.

For those of you seeking some delicious reds that will appeal to many palates for the holiday season, I recommend Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel wines. Between the two I couldn’t decide a favorite, so I suggest buying both!