Tips & Articles

13
October
2017

The Villages of the Barossa Valley

The Barossa Valley is one of Australia’s most prominent wine regions. Boasting hot, dry summers and cool, calm winters, it hosts the perfect climate for producing delicious tipples that are famed all around the world. The 25km valley is small and compact, but it is home to numerous wineries, making it the perfect day trip from Adelaide. As well as an expansive selection of wineries with great tasting cellars and delicious restaurants, the region is home to an abundance of history that dates back to 1842 when German settlers descended in the area. The settlers were fleeing Prussia and Silesia […]

   
  
15
September
2017

Things to Do at the Seppeltsfield Estate

Barossa Valley is renowned for its excellent wines and its vast history of wine making. Dating back to 1851, the Seppeltsfield is one of the most iconic wine estates in the region. It was originally opened by Joseph and Johanna Seppelt about fifteen years after the Europeans descended on Australia, and it quickly became one of the biggest and most contemporary wineries in the world at that time. The winery boasts a colourful heritage and has helped shaped Australia’s world-famous wine industry ever since it was established. Joseph and his son, Benno, were famed for having a long-term vision for […]

   
  
16
August
2017

Step Back in Time in the Village of Hahndorf

In the picturesque Adelaide Hills near the wine making region of the Barossa Valley, you’ll find a little slice of European life tucked away amongst the Australian scenery. The village of Hahndorf harks back to the Germany of yesteryear, where you half expect to see yodellers and men donning lederhosen just wandering around the charming streets. It was settled back in 1839 by a group of Lutherans who were fleeing Prussia and persecution there. The village was named after the ship’s captain, Hahn, with the suffix “dorf” added because it means village in German. Today, the village is a big […]

   
  
20
July
2017

Wine Tasting at Murray Street Vineyards

The Barossa Valley boasts the perfect environment for grape growing, which makes it one of the most popular winemaking regions in the world. Dating back to the 1840s, it has been a stalwart part of the wine growing world for centuries and continues to produce household names year after year. Today, it is home to some of the oldest vineyards in the world, many of which have been passed down from generation to generation, as well as modern-day additions to the scene that pursue new-age winemaking practices within a historic context. Murray Street Vineyards comes under the latter category. Founded […]

   
  
20
June
2017

The Wines of Wolf Blass Winery

The Barossa Valley is the home of the South Australian wine industry and the birthplace of the world-famous Australian Shiraz. Boasting a climate not unlike the Mediterranean and numerous opportunities for red grapes to thrive, it’s the perfect place for the Wolf Blass Winery. Set up in 1966 by Wolfgang Blass, a German immigrant with a diploma in winemaking, it has gone on to produce some of the country’s best-loved wine varieties over the years. The winery may well be based in the heart of the Barossa Valley, but it prides itself on its eclectic use of grapes from around […]

   
  
19
May
2017

Exploring the Dry Creek Salt Crystallisation Pans

Just outside of Adelaide near the Barossa Valley, Dry Creek sprawls out in a parched display of industrial suburban life. Though the surrounding region of the Barossa Valley is well-known for its lush greenery and abundance of picturesque wineries, Dry Creek offers a different landscape for visitors. In this part of the area there are wetlands that unfold in every direction. At one point in time the region was solely devoted to salt crystallisation pans, which are managed by Ridley Corporation. Over the past few years, Dry Creek has popped up in the news on numerous occasions because the corporation […]

   
  
27
April
2017

What Makes the Whispering Wall in the Barossa Valley So Special?

The Barossa Valley is best-known for its connections to the wine industry, but it is also home to some impressive attractions, like the Whispering Wall. Set in the Barossa Reservoir, just outside of Williamstown in the Valley, this wall is over 110 years old and is unique because of its musical abilities. Erected over three years between 1900 and 1903, the wall was intended to act as a back-up water supply for the ever-growing population of nearby Gawler. Some of the earlier settlers had been using water from the well in South Para River, but there were concerns that the […]

   
  
11
April
2017

How to Explore Seppeltsfield Winery

The Barossa Valley is one of the world’s best-loved winemaking destinations. With numerous vineyards dotted around, it produces some of the most popular tipple in Australia. The Seppeltsfield Winery is one of the most established wineries in the region and can be found on the picturesque Western Ridge of the Barossa Valley. Bringing together over 420 acres of centuries-old vineyards, pretty gardens, and heritage-listed architecture, it promises a treat for all the senses. Surrounded by a small settlement, the winery joins up with the nearby districts of Greenock and Marananga. This area is characterised by rolling patchwork hills that seem […]

   
  
23
March
2017

Jacobs Creek Winery – Luxury in South Australia

Australia is no stranger to beautiful wineries and thriving wine regions that produce world-class wines of all varieties. Wine regions need to have very particular climates that are well-regulated to ensure the grapes grow under the perfect conditions. This means that the wine regions of Australia are dotted across the country, always in the most bountiful of locations, ensuring you are never too far from your next wine tasting experience. Barossa Valley in South Australia is one of the country’s most famous wine regions for several reasons. Not only is it one of the very oldest, dating back to almost […]

   
  
16
March
2017

Getting to Know Historic Hahndorf

Hahndorf is the oldest surviving German settlement in Australia, and it sits snug in the heart of the picturesque Barossa Valley. Today, it represents an important tourism spot, but it has previously been used for other purposes, including farming. The town itself is near Adelaide and it can be accessed via the South Eastern Freeway. It originated when it was settled by Lutheran migrants from a small town called Kay in Prussia (now Poland). Many of settlers who called Hahndorf home in the early days arrived in Australia on-board the Zebra in 1838. Named after Dirk Meinerts Hahn, the Danish […]