Marananga and Seppeltsfield
If you were looking to condense the best of the Barossa into one small area, it would have to be Seppeltsfield Road.
Here food, wine, music, accommodation and religion all come together in a remarkably small stretch of road – decorated with an avenue of huge date palms that were planted to provide work for local families during the Great Depression.
The central landmark is Seppeltsfield Winery, founded in 1851 and still a showcase for fine wines – including its fabulous storehouse of fortified wines, which can be tasted on a special tour. For arts enthusiasts, Shakespeare in the Vines is an annual midsummer event at the winery each January long weekend.
Some people know of the nearby tiny hamlet of Marananga only because of its famous brass band, which you can listen to in rehearsal most Tuesday nights. Marananga is interesting historically because its renaming in 1918 reflects the anti-German sentiment in South Australia during World War I. Previously the village was known as Gnadenfrei, meaning ‘freed by the grace of God’ in German – a name that lives on in Gnadenfrei Lutheran Church.