Nuriootpa is the major commercial centre in the Barossa Valley in South Australia, about an hour’s drive north of the capital, Adelaide. The name of the town is reputed to be the local Aboriginal word for “meeting place”.
Nuriootpa is situated at the north end of the Barossa Valley, near the Sturt Highway and has a population of over 3000 people. It is a picturesque town, with grape vines growing on some of the buildings in the main streets, and vineyards surrounding the town. This has led to some contention in recent years, as the town is growing, and new housing estates are being built on land formerly occupied by the vineyards which made the town attractive in the first place. It is also home to some very famous wineries including Penfolds, Kaesler Wines, and Wolf Blass.
Nuriootpa is in the Barossa Council, although the northern outskirts are in the Light Regional Council. It is in the state electoral district of Schubert (and Light for the outskirts) and the federal Division of Barker (and Division of Wakefield for the outskirts in the Light Regional Council).