The New Kids on the Block
A guest submission from Jess Greatwich of Krondorf Creek Farm.
The Barossa boasts over 160 years of winemaking history, with some of the world’s most famous and sought-after wines produced here, across multiple generations. Far from conservative, the Barossa is also home to an ever-evolving Next Generation – winemakers who pay their respects to the past while forging a new and exciting path of their own. This two day itinerary takes you through some of the region’s newer offerings. Enjoy!
Heritage Walking Tour
Start your two day Barossa tour with an immersive and evocative experience – Krondorf Heritage Walking Tours are a wonderful way to explore a deeper, more personal connection with the Barossa. Your guide for the morning is Jess – a passionate and curious Barossa local and a great lover of the stories behind the Barossa’s historical facts. This is a great opportunity to learn about the food, music, culture, celebrations and characters that have shaped the Barossa, and discover how to take a little bit of the Barossa good life away with you. The tour takes approximately two hours to traverse, meandering through native Australian bush, past historic buildings and through beautiful vineyards. It’s an easy walk, suitable for all fitness levels and a fantastic way to kick start your broader Barossa experience.
The tour route follows a loop, finishing where you began at Krondorf Creek Farm, which is convenient, because it’s the next stop on our itinerary!
Tasting at Krondorf Creek Farm
Krondorf Creek Farm was once the bustling and productive village butchery, servicing the residents of Krondorf and their neighbours in Bethany. Today this beautifully preserved property is cared for by Jess Greatwich and James Ehrat and is home to their family’s winery and Cellar Door which proudly opened to the public in September 2018.
The warm and welcoming Cellar Door is housed in a renovated stone cottage with one of the most spectacular open fire places in the Barossa. Taste their range of premium Barossa wines next to the vineyards that produce them, and take in a little bit of insider’s knowledge about the Barossa.
It will hard not to pull up a comfy chair next to the fire and wile away the morning, but onwards! To lunch!
A revitalizing lunch
Darling’s Food with Passion Café has quickly established itself as a local favourite. Situated right in the heart of downtown Tanunda, they serve a mouthwatering array of light lunch options (trust us, you’ll want to save some room for dinner) along with consistently excellent coffee and very-hard-to-resist sweet treats which sit temptingly on the front counter, fresh from the oven. Wendy and her staff are always friendly and welcoming – and you might just find yourself looking for an excuse to come back for morning tea tomorrow!
Tasting of Two
Both Michael Hall of Michael Hall Wines and John Hughes of Rieslingfreak have been making wine for some years, but their impressive collaborative cellar door is still new and beautiful enough to set hearts a’flutter.
The Tasting Room is elegant and hints at the serious nature of the wines. As the name suggests, John Hughes specialized in Riesling and produces a number of different takes on this periennial favourite, while Michael Hall offers a range of wines produced from selected sites across the Barossa and Adelaide Hills. His Sang de Pigeon Pinot Noir is one of my favourites! Also, a note – Rieslingfreak offer tastings by appointment. Call Mark on 0406 427 500 to let him know you’re coming.
While you’re there, take a moment to soak in the beauty of “The Old Barn” – an important piece of the Barossa’s architectural history.
Finish your afternoon with a glass of wine on the deck at Seabrook Wines. Their winemaking linage may be considerable (since 1878!) but their beautiful little cellar door still qualifies as a new kid on the block. Sympathetically renovated, with stunning views over the Barossa valley floor, this is the perfect spot to wind up your first day of exploring the Barossa. If it’s a warmer afternoon, may we suggest a glass of The Lineage Rose? Delightful!
Dine in Style
The newest of the Barossa’s fine dining options, St Hugo is a must-visit during your stay in the Barossa. Featuring the culinary creations of Mark McNamara, the degustation style menu is created with the wine as a starting point, which is carefully paired with seasonal Barossa produce. It’s a wonderful option for a decadent dinner, but they also offer a two course lunch “A Taste of St Hugo” which is a great way to dip your toe into the St Hugo experience.
Steady yourself for the day ahead with a proper Barossa breakfast at any one of the many café options in the Barossa and then we’re off!
In keeping with our New Kids on the Block theme, we’re kicking off today at Rosenvale Vineyards. They’re new cellar door opened in July 2018 and is a sleek, modern home for the Rosenvale brand. The Rosenzweig family have been producing grapes in the Barossa since 1858 so this is another great example of an established Barossa family taking a leap into new territory. They do offer a range of delicious grazing platters, coffee and Jo’s homebaked cakes but resist until your next visit if you can, because the next stop is lunch.
The Next Generation
There’s a solid argument that a trip to the Barossa isn’t complete without a sojourn out to Maggie Beer’s Farmshop and that argument has been recently bolstered by the addition of her daughter Elli’s gorgeous new restaurant – the Farm Eatery.
The menu is fresh, seasonal and inventive (may we suggest the slow cooked beetroot?), the views of the lake are gorgeous and the service is always spot on, which makes it the perfect lunch stop, in our opinion. Oh, and did we mention the Barossa’s first gin school…?
Give me a home among the vineyards
Opened in August 2018, the Hayes Family Vineyard’s Cellar Door is located snugly in the middle of their beautiful vineyards. With a strong emphasis on letting the patchwork of the Barossa’s vineyards tell their own story, Hayes Family Vineyards produce a range of Barossa classics, including an intriguing Semillon Project, in which three one tonne parcels of Ebeneezer Semillon were processed using different vessels – the traditional stainless steel, French oak hogsheads and ceramic eggs. A great way to dive a little deeper into this quintessential Barossa white grape variety.
And finally, to Seppeltsfield Road Distillers. Proudly opened in September 2018, Nicole and Jon Durdin have created something truly spectacular in the heart of one of the Barossa’s oldest villages. Their gorgeous gin still “Christine’ (also known as the hardest working German in Seppeltsfield) sits front and centre of the operation, surrounded by inviting decking and natural bushland. There are a range of immersive experiences on offer, or simply relax on the deck with a G&T in hand.
Once you’ve settled in, it will be hard to leave, so this might be a good time to bid adieu to your two-day Barossa discovery of the New Kids on the Block.
The Barossa is ever-evolving, with new food and wine experiences, showcase events and characters to meet so keep up to date with all that is new on Facebook or at Barossa.com and we’ll look forward to welcoming you to the Barossa again soon.