Nuriootpa, South Australia

Nuriootpa is a town in the Barossa Valley, South Australia, 76 kilometers north-east of Adelaide.

The city is the commercial center of the Barossa Valley and is located at the northern end near the Sturt Highway, 270 meters above sea level. The city's name comes from the Aboriginal language and means something like "meeting place". Today about 4400 people live in Nuriootpa, which is also home to some of the most famous wineries such as Elderton, Kaesler Wines, Penfolds and Wolf Blass. Nuriootpa Barossa belongs to the Council, although some northern border areas in the Light Regional Council are.


Prior to the settlement of European Einwander lived a small number of Aboriginal people in the area. They met regularly to exchange goods and to engage in complex social rituals. It is believed that Nuriootpa was one of the great venues in South Australia.

The first European explorers arrived in 1838 by the Barossa Valley. Colonel William Light, the Surveyor - General of South Australia, the area around present-day Nuriootpa sold to the entrepreneur George Fife Angas. In the following period the area was briefly known as Angas Park. After discovering a copper deposit near Kapunda, the city was an important stopping point for miners and drivers of oxen. To satisfy the growing demand for accommodation, William Coulthard built the Red Lion Hotel. To add this hotel around the city, which was founded in 1854 grew officially.