As you drive along from Eden Valley towards Angaston, you will see a couple of private race tracks and plenty of Horses.
This is Lindsay Park, which for 40 years was Australia’s premier race horse breeding and training establishment.
The late Colin Hayes developed the property and over three generations the family built it into one of the most envied training grounds in the world.
If you look to the left when heading to Angaston, you will just make out the historic homestead, [1800's], set amongst large, beautifully maintained gardens that once hosted Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
Watch out for Horses crossing the road, more so in the early morning when they are training on the race-track.
This is a beautiful stone Church in Eden Valley, not the original one that was built in 1858, including a dual purpose building for school and church.
As the congregation grew, it was realized a new Church would have to be built. The foundation stone was laid on 17 January 1912.
It was not until 1938 that the church was again refurnished with a new altar, pulpit, lectern, christening font and pipe organ.
This Church, with its tended gardens, is always a picture.
The drive from Springton to Eden Valley is through magnificent redgums and moss rocks which inter-weave with the numerous vineyards of the region.
It's known as the "Garden of Grapes and Gums."
Eden Valley is renowned for its wonderful wines produced here. Englishman, Joseph Gilbert planted the first Eden Valley vineyard, Pewsey Vale, in 1847. Now, the area is known for producing Chardonnay, premium Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.
There are plenty of Wineries, Cellar Doors & Vineyards.
Some names are......
Craneford Wines, Eden Springs, Hartz Barn Wines, Heathvale, Henschke, Hutton Vale Vineyards, Irvine, Karra Yerta Wines, Karl Seppelt, Mountadam Vineyards, Poverty Hill Wines and probably a lot more. Signposts will lead you to these Cellar Doors.
The Kaiser Stuhl Conservation Park is where kangaroos and native birds abound, just incase you aren't interested in Wine!
The town of Eden Valley is quite small and old with less than 500 people living here.
Gnarled Red Gums are favorites of Birds for nesting.
What a surprise it was, when a Bird popped its head out from the Tree, and had a good look at me.
It was a Noisy Miner, a bird in the honeyeater family.
This miner is a grey bird, with a black head, orange-yellow beak and feet, a distinctive yellow patch behind the eye and white tips on the tail feathers. As the common name suggests, the Noisy Miner is a vocal species with a large range of songs, calls, scoldings and alarms.
So, when you are here, have a good look at the hollows, you just may find a nesting Bird!
A visit to Springton to see the Herbig Family tree is very interesting!
The hollowed out tree you see in my photo, was the home of Friedrich Herbig, a 27-year-old tailor, who left his village of Grünberg (160 km south-east of Berlin, now part of Poland) to emigrate to Australia. He arrived in South Australia in 1855, and settled at Birdwood.
Later, he heard of a job at a dairy "The Springs," at Springton, so he came there and made his home in the large hollowed-out base of a gnarled river redgum tree that measures 6 metres at its widest and is 21 metres high.
(It is estimated that the tree is now about 300-500 years old.)
The hollow opening faced away from the direction of rain, and the tree was convenient for him as it was on the banks of a stream and 1.5 km from the dairy where he worked.
It was in 1858, when he met and married Caroline. They lived in the tree, then when their second child was born, they decided they needed more room, so moved to a two-roomed pine and pug hut with a thatched roof, which Friedrich built upstream from the tree.
Caroline and Friedrich had 16 children.
In 1886, Friedrich Herbig fell off his wagon when crossing a creek and received concussion. He later died. His eldest child August was 27 and his youngest, Clara, was 15 months old.
On 19th March 1927 Caroline died, leaving behind 4 of her sons, 5 of her daughters, 44 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.
Quite an interesting true story!
We came here by car, but while here, a tour bus pulled up, so tours must be available.
It is signposted with a Brown Tourist sign, and is located on the edge of Springton. At the rear of the tree is some information on the couple and their children. It includes photo's.
In 2005 this wonderful 7 day festival will run from March 28th to April 3rd. The Festival is held in odd numbered years and always begins on Easter Monday.
The Festival takes place in wineries, vineyards, churches, on picturesque village greens and on the streets of Barossa townships.
The Barossa’s world-renowned wine and fresh, regional food combine with the traditions and culture of the region to produce an event that is an authentic showcase of the Barossa.
Grant Burge Wines was established back in 1988 and it has grown to become one of the top 10 privately owned wine companies in Australia.
They produce quality wines for Australian consumers and has also pursued overseas markets in the United Kingdom, Europe, Canada, the United States and Asia.
Need a break from wine tasting in the Barossa Valley??
Maybe you should go get your nails done ...
Briony at Sweet Blend (combination shop for nails and hair) is the best nail artist in the world. I have been going to her for over 2 years to get french acryllic nails and she is fantastic, while being gentle at the same time!
Established in 1939, Miranda Family Winemakers is one Australia's largest winemakers. Since 1995 Miranda Family Winemakers has won more than 1500 national and international award for excellence, including best Chardonnay in the world at the 1996 London International Wine & Spirit Competition. Miranda Family Winemakers Barossa Cellar Door is open seven day a week and you can sample the diverse range of Miranda premium wines. Al Fresco dining is also available from 12:00 noon to 3:00pm, so come in, tease your taste buds and enjoy the friendly atmosphere.
Two Hands Wines is a young dynamic producer dedicated to bringing the best Shiraz based wines to the market from six prized growing regions within Australia. The heart of the operation is Barossa Valley based with the cellar door, a late 19th century stone building known as 'Kraehe House' situated on Neldner Road Marananga. Two Hands invites you to taste their wines a number of which are 'Show Room Only' and exclusive to their Marananga cellar door.
Charles Melton is a small family owed winery nestled at the foot of the Barossa Ranges on Krondorf Road, Tanunda. We craft premium red wines from treasured blocks of gnarled, old Grenache and Shiraz veterans. The range extends from a light red, the Rose of Virginia through to the fuller bodied Nine Popes, a Shiraz, a Grenache, Pinot Hermitage and Cabernet Sauvignon. We also produce a traditional Sparkling Red.
Enjoying the finest views of the Barossa Valley, Bethany Wines specialises in individual vineyard wines from its Schrapel family vineyards established some 150 years ago. choose from an extensive range of premium wines ranging from an Eden Valley Riesling to our ever popular Cabernet, Merlot and our rich full bodied quintessential Barossa Shiraz. The 5th generation Schrapel family invites you to visit Bethany Wines and enjoy tasting in a friendly, informative atmosphere. A selection of regional produce is available for sale.
Maggie Beer offers tastings of her range as well as seasonal treats in limited edition and other regional specialities. Enjoy lunch in this tranquil setting, browse through books or buy products direct from the farm gate - all in this beautiful setting, perched on the side of a huge dam surrounded by vines and olives. Open 7 days: 10.30am-5pm (including most public holidays). Lunches between 12.30-3pm everyday. Pheasant Farm wines and Beer Bros Wines available for tastings and sales. Obsessivly good coffee and cake all day.
You cannot, must not, come all the way to the Barossa and not do some wine tasting!! Even if you do not buy anything, you can drive around, or be driven around for that matter, and see all the beautiful old buildings and cellar doors. One particular day we travelled to the following: Please refer to a local map the Barossa Heratige Trail book, which can be found at the Tanunda wine infomation centre on the main street.
* Saltram Winery, Angaston
* Yaldara Estate, Lyndoch
* Jacobs Creek, Tanunda
* Penfolds Wines, Nooriotpa
* Yalumba Winery
and some others I can't recall at this time
There are so many beautiful old things to look at in the Barossa, the chateaus are just amazing. Coming from an area of Australia that doesn't have much in the way of old stuff, it is a treat to see it. I am sure they pale into insignificance when you have seen the French ones. Still the wine is super! They hace a nice little pond where the ducky will follow you, you can have tours of the winery or you can just sample the super wines. The Jules Champas is a goody!