At the commencement of Seppeltsfield Road’s iconic avenue of palms lies the tiny village of Marananga. Renamed in 1918, post WWI, the town was originally known as Gnadenfrei (‘freed by the grace of God’ in German).
There are several historic B&Bs in the village, and guests can readily walk to Heritage Wines, Two Hands, Greenock Creek Wines and Tscharke. A few minute’s drive will bring you to the cellar doors of Torbreck, Whistler Wines, Laughing Jack, Rolf Binder and Barossa Valley Estate. Or a stay at The Louise offers absolute luxury and breathtaking vineyard views, with its restaurant, Appellation, highly regarded as one of Australia’s finest dining destinations.
Brass bands have been part of the Barossa’s heritage for more than a century, and visitors are welcome to enjoy a unique musical experience at the Marananga Brass Band’s practice each Tuesday at 8pm. The Gnadenfrei St Michael’s Lutheran Church has been at the centre of the Marananga community for more than 150 years and still welcomes worshippers every Sunday morning. It is a favourite for photographers, with its cream spire rising above the expanse of surrounding vineyards. The church hosts the annual Marananga Wine Show, with its public tasting showcasing more than 100 local wines.