Founded in 1842 Bethany is the Barossa’s oldest settlement and a village sealed in time. Home to 300 souls, the focal point of this tight-knit community remains the Herberge Christi Lutheran Church under the steady hand of Pastor David Gogoll. The Barossa Vintage Festival is a fantastic time to visit, with the church hosting a biennial Step Back in Time event showcasing heritage farm equipment and homemaking skills such as butter churning and traditional Barossan recipes. Throughout the rest of the year, visitors can learn about the history of this unique village by following the Bethany Heritage Trail, which highlights 22 locations of interest along a 5km return walk.
The Bethany Reserves offers a beautiful picnic spot with public facilities, undercover tables and expansive green lawns, as well as an enormous fire place for winter gatherings.
Bethany is also home to a number of very established wineries. The Schrapel family planted their first vines in Bethany in 1852 and today Bethany Wines operates under the stewardship of Geoff Schrapel, fifth generation vigneron and proud custodian of his family’s legacy. Similarly, a visit to the Turkey Flat Vineyards winds you through their plantings of bush vine Grenache, established in 1847 and brings you to their cellar door, once the old Schulz family butcher’s shop.