Beautiful scenery, buildings, lots and lots of wineries
Can be extremely busy
A must see in South Australia!
From Willliamstown, as we headed along Warren road and past the Warren Reservoir towards Gumeracha, we came across many Kangaroo's grazing in paddocks.The time would have been about 3.30 - 4pm. You will find them on the left hand side as you are heading towards Birdwood. I was told by a local they have been there for years and are always there.They...more
After enjoying Chateau Yaldara it was time to head home, making one last stop at The Whispering Wall, located near Williamstown.Built between 1899 and 1903, the dam was a revolutionary engineering feat for its day. The attraction here, which is quite fun to do, is the acoustic effects when somebody stands next to the wall at either end. What you...more
This Chateau is a little different, as the inside is open and you view a wonderful Antique Collection.Hermann and his wife Inge, loved art and antiques . It was their intention to establish a collection of antiques to be housed in the winery and open to public viewing, they have successfully done this.They travelled to England, France and Germany...more
Surrounded by scenic vineyards and overlooking the North Para River, is another magnificent Barossa Chateau, AND another favorite of mine! A MUST VISITThis Chateau is not old like the others we have seen. Hermann Thumm, in 1946, found the ruins of a historic flour mill dating from 1867. It was situated at the junction of two streams, and surrounded...more
Bethany, set in amongst the vineyards, is the OLDEST SETTLEMENT in the Barossa ValleyAs we entered the village, the sign said just 80 people live here now, back in 1843, when first established, there were 200.This area was occupied by Germans. I love learning about the history of the area, how the land was roughly fenced, ploughed and sowed, huts...more
In Angaston, is another Brown Signpost that will show us the way to nearby MENGLER'S HILL, A MUST VISIT in the Barossa Valley.The hill was named after an early vine grower, Mr Mengler. If coming from Angaston, be ready for the turn left which is just around the corner on the hill. This road leads into the lookout which has a huge parking area.The...more
You don't even have to visit the Winery if you don't want to, as here at Seppelts, there is a beautiful picnic/BBQ area. There were many electric BBQ's and tables & chairs set amongst the gardens and trees, even lighting if you stay a little into the evening. To use the BBQ's, visit the cellar door. It may pay to book a bbq in advance for the busy...more
As we walked around the Winery, we found many lovely heritage buildings and beautiful gardens. We saw the Stables, used for vehicle and equipment storage in the 1850's, the Cooperage, where you can take a tour to see the cooper at work. [smell the oak wood!] There were cottages and a bigger bluestone home, even the vats were made to look like a...more
This heritage listed Winery I think is well worth the effort to visit.Years ago, I did one of the winery tours, seeing how wine was made from the very start to the very end. It was worth doing, and I see there are quite a few tours you can choose from today.This time, we just had a look at the heritage buildings and went to the Cellar door.The Main...more
Looking at the well maintained croquet court, it was hard to imagine that 3,000 tonnes of concrete was removed to make way for this competition standard croquet lawn.The first Chateau croquet tournament took place in the Spring of 2002. Nowdays, it is often used by visitors to the Chateau.more
Chateau Tanunda is Australia's largest Chateau (est. 1890).Between the years 1888/90, the Chateau was built with granite from Bethany Quarry, where the bricks were hand made. The Chateau is a large, grand blue stone building situated amongst beautifully kept surrounding gardens. It is the birthplace of the Barossa wine industry, where the first...more
Located on Seppeltsfield Estate, is the Seppelt's Mausoleum. It is a private Mausoleum of the Seppelt family, therefore, it isn't open to the public. It was built in 1927.The family's history in Australia dates back to 1849 when Silesian chemist Joseph Ernst Seppelt migrated to Australia and settled in the Barossa Valley. The architect of the...more
We have departed Tanunda, and now are going to Seppeltsfield, along the way passing through the small town of Marananga. St. Michael's Lutheran Church is a very pretty Church we stopped at. Serving the community for over 150 years, it is one of many beautiful churches in the Barossa. Gnadenfrei St Michael’s Lutheran Church holds services each...more
It is well worth walking the main street of Tanunda. The tourist information centre is located at 66-68 Murray street, [main street] Tanunda, and will give you walking maps.A grand building in the main street of Tanunda, is the Tanunda Hotel, built in 1845 and has been added to over the years, and the large shop belonging to E. Schrapel & Sons,...more
Not long after entering Tanunda main street, we see on the RH side, the Barossa Museum. This is located in the old 1865 Post & Telegraph Office, a heritage building built from stone of the colonial era. The Barossa's history is preserved here, including tools, a traditional black wedding gown, books and photo's, clothing, Church furniture still...more
Seppelts Field Road Marananga
Enjoy lunch in this tranquil setting. Maggie Beer's products are stocked in places like Harrods London and while you're in the Barossa Valley you deserve a lunch stop at her "farm".The Farm Shop provides a place for snug long lunches or coffee and chats all year round. The Pheasant Farm Restaurant actually won a string of awards culminating in the...more
A nice little cafe/restaurant, you can sit outside or in. Good Italian food. I had the penne pasta with bolognaise sauce and it was great.The most exciting thing about this place was the maps of Europe and the world the lady had on the wall. They had little tags all over them, we asked her and she said they represent where she has been, where her...more
If you don't wish to do tours to the Barossa Valley, then you can come by Bus and stay a few nights in the area. There is lots to see and do, so it is a good idea.You have to catch Barossa Valley Coaches from Gawler, as they have suspended the run to Adelaide.This is ok, as reaching Gawler by bus or train is very easy.Buses do connect with the...more
Barossa is located just to the Northeast of Adelaide, so your best bet when coming here is to fly into Adelaide, and then drive up. It is always recommended that if you are going to partake of the wine tastings to consider an organized car hire from the airport.South Australia's Capital City, Adelaide is serviced by one of the premier airports in...more
High quality traditional wines made from some of the best old Barossa vineyards. The winery and cellar door sales are part of a paved courtyard surrounded by stone buildings dating back to the early settlement of Krondorf. Tasting and sales are conducted by experienced staff with extensive knowledge of the history, culture and wines of the Barossa.
What to buy: Rockford Wines:
Sparkling Red Wines
White Table Wines
Red Table Wines
Rows are Red Roses running along the border of the grape vines, how lovely they looked! No, they aren't planted by the owners of these vineyards to make them look nice, they are planted as both Roses and Vines are susceptible to the same diseases. Roses act as early warning of mildew which is a fungal disease. There are two main kinds. Powdery...more
Seppeltsfield and Palm trees are synonymous!As you drive along Seppeltsfiedl road towards the Winery, you will notice both sides of the road are lined with Date Palms, 2000 to be exact! The Palms were planted during the Great Depression out of gratitude by the Seppeltsfield employees who had been kept on by the Seppelts at great cost.What a lovely...more
This is the name I saw on a Lutheran Church on the way to Seppeltsfield. It was named "Gnadenfrei Lutheran Church." I wondered what this meant, as we were in the small town of Marananga.It turns out, Gnadenfrei is the original german name of the village of Marananga in the Barossa Valley. Gnadenfrei was settled by pioneering families from Hahndorf,...more
We are now entering Tanunda, and how do I know other than the Town signpost? The Tin Man, of course!
He has been here as long as I can remember, advertising Story Book Cottage and Whacky wood.
The trouble is, THIS TOURIST ATTRACTION IS CLOSED yet they haven't taken the tin man down!
When you are driving along the road in/around Tanunda and you see the sign that says "Norms Coolies" and you wonder, what the hell is that?Well they are dogs!Norm Keast has developed his own breed of dogs, sort of sheepdogs but brown and white instead of black and white. He has a farm where he breeds them and does performances for the public. When...more
The first thing that struck me when I entered this place was the artwork. I instantly recognised them from their bottles. You are not obliged to buy any wines. A business conference subsequent to this trip reigned in my buying impulse. Not wanting to be encumbered, it was painful resisting some of the fine wines I had just tasted available only on...more
One of the nicest wineries I have been to, with a beautifully restored cellar door, and modern restaurant added on.
On Nuriootpa Road, just out of Angaston. Cellar door is open 9-5 Monday to Friday and Weekends and public hols 10-5.
The Restaurant which is called Salters, is open for lunch seven days a week and dinner Thursday to Saturday. We didn't eat here, but it looked beautiful and was expensive!