Once the hard work of harvest is finished for another year, the Barossa Valley is set to celebrate, when the biannual Barossa Vintage Festival returns on 24-29 April, 2019.
With 19 premium wine producers that call the Seppeltsfield Road precinct home – we will be definitely be joining in the excitement!
Dating back to 1947, the Barossa Vintage Festival is the longest running wine tourism event in Australia and has always been a celebration ‘by Barossa for the Barossa’ to which we proudly invite the rest of the world to join.
It is a true community celebration – one that brings locals, winemakers and visitors together to indulge in over 90 events that showcase the unique food, wine, culture and heritage of the Barossa.
There is also a huge selection of low-cost and family-friendly fun, making the Barossa the perfect place to get away to during the April school holidays.
There are a number of great events being hosted by the producers and artists who call Seppeltsfield Road home. We hope to see you there!
Enjoy a night of foot-tapping tunes with the Marananga Brass Band
Originally formed in 1925, the cluster of high-class musicians in the Marananga Brass Band will be joined by a selection of guest artists to really get the Tanunda Town Hall swinging.
This year the band will be celebrating their 41st Night of Music. They are sure to entertain the crowd with a wide repertoire – mixing classical, pop, rock, jazz and swing classics, with an array of foot-tapping sing-a-longs.
The night is a casual and entertaining affair, where you can join friends along the long table seating, and bring your own drinks and platters of regional goodness to enjoy.
Certainly a night to remember, you are sure to walk out with a spring in your step and a smile on your face!
Savour lunch amongst the barrels at Whistler Wines
Whistler Wines are providing two rare opportunities to linger in their rarely seen barrel halls – celebrating the end of vintage, whilst surrounded by wine, freshly ageing in barrels.
Hosted by Whistler’s next generation, Josh and Sam Pfeiffer, this leisurely lunch will pair their organic & biodynamic wines, with native fare prepared by the renowned Shannon Flemming, of Forgotten Seasons.
As an exclusive offer only to lunch attendees: you can also pay for a Mini Master Class before lunch. Tasting single barrel Grenache, Shiraz & Mataro and seeing how they blend together to create the famous GSM red blend.
Meander through vineyards rich in history with Hayes Family Wines
“From Old Vines to Great Wines” is a vineyard walking tour and tasting like no other.
Set against the backdrop of the rolling Barossa Ranges, you have the rare opportunity to stroll through the old, family-owned vineyards on the Western Ridge, as Brett Hayes tells the story of how their great wines have begun.
During this guided tour, you will discover the synergy between the wine, vines and ancient soils of this special part of the Barossa Valley.
Throughout the tour, you can sample wines direct from barrel and bottle across a variety of vintages. You may even enjoy a chance to sample grapes directly from the vines – dependent on vintage of course!
The tour will be capped off by passing the winery in action and returning to cellar door to enjoy samples as you relax to acoustic tunes.
Experience a night of celebration and glamour at Seppeltsfield
The much loved Vintage Festival Ball will again by hosted by Seppeltsfield Estate, in their historic 1920s Vintage Cellar.
A two-part celebration – the first of which is a cocktail reception where guests will join in a rousing round of applause as the winners of the 2019 Young Ambassadors for the Barossa are announced. These twelve young adults will have the honour of promoting the Barossa and the Barossa Vintage Festival.
The cocktail reception will be followed by a black-tie ball, where dinner will be served by Events Chef, Owen Andrews, to compliment the award-winning range of Seppeltsfield wines.
With entertainment by ‘Colonel Mustard’ the ball is sure to be an exciting evening!
>> Saturday 27 April, 2019. Tickets from $28.50
We can give you 3 of the best excuses to lunch at Hewitson
The “Great Excuse for a Winemaker” lunch at Hewitson is exactly that!
Each intimate three-course lunch is hosted by Dean Hewitson himself, who loves to have the opportunity to play cook, host and share what will be written in the next chapter of their ‘1853’ story.
But what makes this lunch incredibly unique is the trio with exquisite pedigree – three wines from vines that originated in 1853.
The 2016 Monopole Mother Vine Shiraz, 2016 Old Garden Mourvèdre Vineyard and 2016 BARREL 1853 (a 50:50 blend of the best barrel each of the Monopole and Old Garden).
Two of the three lunches are already sold out so book your tickets now!
>> Wednesday 24 April, 2019. Tickets from $153.50
SOLD OUT: Indulge in rare Torbreck releases
All tickets have already been snapped up for the Torbreck ‘RunRig’ Vertical & Lunch!
Their lucky guests will delight in a vertical selection of rare back vintages of ‘RunRig’, whilst enjoying a regionally inspired long table lunch.
Held in the Laird Room of the 1850’s cottage, the winemaker will provide a greater insight into why their award-winning flagship wine ‘RunRig’ has become one of Australia’s most acclaimed wines.
The new Torbreck Cellar Door and stunning vineyard views will be the perfect backdrop to celebrate Torbreck’s unique Barossa Valley old vine resources.
>> Wednesday 24 April, 2019. Tickets sold out.
Join in the annual vintage thanksgiving at Gnadenfrei
At the heart of Seppeltsfield Road is the beautiful and striking St Michael’s Gnadenfrei Lutheran Church, which stands tall amongst surrounding vineyards.
Built in 1873, this Marananga church is still home to a very active congregation.
During this year’s festival, all are welcome to join them as they give thanks for God’s rich blessings on this year’s vintage and harvest.
Stake out your spot for the iconic Vintage Festival Parade
Come and join the thousands of locals and visitors who line the route for The Festival Parade, which this year will travel from Nuriootpa to Tanunda.
A long-treasured tradition since 1948, this is one of the most iconic events on the Festival calendar.
Spectators have the opportunity to be inspired by community passion and creativity, and watch the exciting procession of floats, handcrafted by schools, businesses and other local groups.
Truly a beautiful and heart-warming community event.
You can start your day early in the main street of Nuriootpa and enjoy breakfast, entertainment and Groovy Grape Trail for the kids. The Parade will end at Chateau Tanunda with a free family event, ‘the Parade Carnival’.
The 2019 Festival celebrates the 40th anniversary of Ziegenmarkt
This quintessential Barossa event is undoubtedly a highlight of the biennial program. Come over to Goat Square in Tanunda and be part of the Festival’s most boisterous and exciting occasion.
Translating to ‘goat market’, the Ziegenmarkt is a fresh produce and livestock market that first appeared in Tanunda during the mid-1800s.
You will get swept up in the bustling atmosphere of the live auction as locals and visitors bid on fresh produce, and buy live stock like pheasants, sheep and pigs. You can also taste the local fare and embrace the sights, sounds, tastes and experiences of a bygone era.
With plenty of family friendly entertainment and plenty of delicious Barossa food and wine on offer – this is one event not to miss!
Experience the thrill and excitement of the Barossa Fine Wine Auction
Whilst enjoying a delicious lunch matched with our region’s finest drops, you have the unique opportunity to bid on an iconic collection from Barossa’s most celebrated winemakers.
Rare vertical collections of museum vintages, large formats, special releases and bespoke experiences hosted by your favourite winemakers are all on offer.
The Barossa Wine Auction has been an integral part of the Barossa Vintage Festival since 1965 and distributes a share of its profits to the festival as well as charities, which will this year include the McGrath Foundation.
In 2015, the Barossa wine community embarked on an exciting evolution of this event, partnering with Langton’s Fine Wine Auction House, and by expanding its reach to wine collectors the world over, they have created a truly hallmark wine event that positions Barossa as Australia’s global wine region.
When travelling through the Barossa at Festival time, don’t be shocked to see an invasion of vibrant and colourful Scarecrows – some of which look more than a little life-like!
Now synonymous with the festival, the whole community loves to participate in the Barossa Scarecrow Competition – with local businesses, homes, schools, vineyards, cellar doors and churches having fun in their quest for the coveted People’s Choice Award.
The Barossa Vintage Festival will be held from 24-29 August 2019. However, in respect of ANZAC Day, no events will be programmed prior to 12 noon on April 25.
We’d love to host you for Barossa Vintage Festival
If you plan to soak up the atmosphere of the 2019 Barossa Vintage Festival, make sure you book early to secure your beautiful accommodation along Seppeltsfield Road.
With a showcase of more than 90 events over 5 days, it’s an incredibly popular time to visit!
Whether you would love to melt away your stresses in a luxurious vineyard stay, opt for a romantic retreat in a secluded location, or you want to bring the family, there is the perfect place to stay on Seppeltsfield Road.
Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram with #seppeltsfieldroad. We love seeing what made your time on Seppeltsfield Road exciting!