My Barossa Day #24 - A day in the Valley of Eden

A submission by Bec Barr, Fernfield Wines

My husband and I have owned Fernfield Wines in Eden Valley for seven years, living on the estate with our border collies Dexter and Bandit, and our son Xavier joining the team three years ago.

We love hosting friends and family from around the state who come and stay with us for a weekend in the Barossa.  Eden Valley is known as ‘the Barossa’s Beautiful High Country’, and while we do love to head down to the Barossa Valley floor, my ‘Barossa Day’ will stick to the Valley of Eden.

Our Saturday will start at home with Bean Addiction coffee and a slice of toast (a light breakfast is a must, given how much food is coming throughout the day!).

We will drive 10 minutes to Keyneton to visit Henschke, who are the earliest opening Eden Valley cellar door, bring and early at 9am – not that we’ll be there that early!

Next we’ll travel through the astoundingly beautiful Flaxman Valley to visit Flaxman Wines for lunch, enjoying a home cooked meal, a nice glass of chardonnay and a view. Fi and Col are wonderful people who make delicious food and wine, and their dog Gus is gorgeous.

Next we will take a break at the Eden Valley Lookout and stretch our legs, maybe walk off the meal. The lookout features 360 degree views of the region, and plaques provide snippets about the history of the Eden Valley township and region.

We’ll head down to the southern end of the valley (a short six minute drive from Eden Valley town), to visit Springton, and the famous Herbig Family Tree, which we’re told housed a family of 16 back in the 1800s!

Our next winery is Edenmae in Springton, where we will catch up with owner Michelle and pick up a bottle of Riesling.

Heading back into Eden Valley township, we’ll go to my own cellar door at Fernfield Wines, and enjoy a glass of Sauv on the veranda (or a Shiraz by the fire if it’s winter!) while enjoying the serenity of our 70 acre estate. The kids can play totem tennis or cricket on the lawns with the dogs and we can wander over to the winery for a tour and a barrel tasting.

We’ll finish the day with dinner at the Eden Valley Hotel, chatting to publican Cassaly and other Eden Valley locals. Cass will serve us a hearty meal of local produce served with a glass of Max & Me Wines.

Of course, since we’re in a post-Covid world, we’ll pre-book all of our visits!

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Acknowledgement of Country —

The Barossa is located on the traditional lands of the Ngadjuri, Peramangk and Kaurna people