If you ever have the chance to visit the Barossa Valley in South Australia definitely go.  It is a beautiful place with some of the best wines in the world.  Although the wine tastings, vineyard tours and gastronomic delights are what draw most people, I found the big sky and open vistas the most appealing.  Now, I must admit, I was the designated driver for this trip so I didn’t have the luxury of too many tastings.  Having only lived in Australia for about 4 years I didn’t know much about the Barossa Valley.  As it turns out, it was settled by Germans fleeing religious persecution.  They brought their skills, industriousness, and religious zeal to the valley and created some of the largest wineries in the valley.  To my surprise, I learned that this part of Australia was glaciated, creating the pool soil conditions grapes love to grow in.  By all means rent a car and get lost on some of the back roads.  It is from this perspective, in the middle of the vineyards, where the landscape really takes hold of you.