Krondorf Road [1 day]
This historical village of Krondorf was settled in the early 1800s by a small number of Lutheran families and today it remains one of the best-preserved examples of the original hufendorf agricultural practices of its early residence.
Today Krondorf Road is home to some of Australia’s most recognised and respected wine labels and is a wonderful place to spend a leisurely day. The Road is on a slight incline and while you can easily drive, it’s also a lovely walk or cycle, especially towards the afternoon when the golden light of the setting sun turns the hills behind the village a stunning purple.
Start your journey at St Hallett Wines, established in 1944 by the Lindner family who were prominent landholders in early Krondorf. Their original focus on fortified wines has now expanded to include a portfolio of red and white wine, and of course their flagship Old Block Shiraz.
From here, cross the main highway and start the gradual climb up the Road. Take a moment to pull over and look up toward the Barossa Ranges. Krondorf translates as “Crown Village” and as you look towards the hills you can see the proud Kaiser Stuhl (“Kings Seat”) which is the highest point of the Barossa Ranges looking down over the little village.
Your next stop along the road is Rockford Wines. The small cellar door is housed in the original stables of the property and the courtyard emulates the traditional clustered layout of early mixed farms. Rockford Wines hold a Barossa Trust Mark for their exceptional Basket Press Shiraz which is usually available for tasting and sales from March to May. Make sure you ask the helpful staff about the history of the area and don’t forget to try the beautiful, old fashioned Tawny Port, quietly aging away in the rafters above your head.
Your tummy might be rumbling by now so it’s in to Charles Melton Wines for a light lunch on their verandah and a sneaky glass of their lovely Rose of Virginia. Winemaker Charlie Melton has a soft spot for four-legged friends so there’s always someone looking for a pat – and to maybe share your lunch!
After lunch you can cross over the road and pop into Kabminye Wines to meet Rick Glastonbury and view local artworks made by his daughter Illona (please note that Kabminye are only open on Saturdays) or for a quiet moment of contemplation, take a stroll through the lovingly tended Krondorf cemetery. Many of the tombstones are written in German and hint at the incredible stories of many of the early families who lived in this area.
A final push to the top of the hill to Grant Burge’s Cellar Door will reward you with spectacular views of the Barossa Valley floor. Grant Burge offer a wide range of wines for tasting, including a beautiful sparkling white. Celebrate the end of your day of Krondorf exploration with a glass of bubbles taking in the gorgeous view.
If you’ve fallen in love with Krondorf and want to extend your stay, there are a number of accommodation options. The Kirche at Charles Melton is a wonderful place to lay your head for the night. Built in 1864, the Zum Kripplein Christi (Manger of Christ) Lutheran Church has been lovingly restored as an exceptional bed and breakfast.
Just around the corner Sue and Mark Schiller offer hosted accommodation at Blickinstal Barossa Valley Retreat – a tranquil rural retreat with panoramic views across the Barossa.
For bike hire and more information about cycling in the Barossa, please click here.
For more information about the Barossa Trust Mark, and other Barossa experiences and products which hold the Mark, please click here.