The Barossa is set to come alive with the 70th anniversary of the Barossa Vintage Festival this April. With a record number of events this year we’re here to help you narrow it down – you don’t have to wander off the Bethany to Angaston Trail to have an incredibly Barossan experience.
Remember to book in your accommodation with one of our stunning venues soon too – beds are filling fast!
Monday 17 April
Step Back in Time
Step back in time at Barossa’s first German settlement
This FREE family-friendly event gives you an insight into the workings of the Bethany Village. See working demonstrations of past skills – wood working, butter making, noodle making and more. Children can participate in olden style activities. Chat to direct descendants of the original settlers about their memories and stories. Visit the old school house and hear a Godly Play story or view the historic display of Church life, School life and Community life. Wander through the church and take some time to watch the DVD showing the history of the village. Enjoy light lunches and devonshire teas daily.
10am Monday 17 – Friday 21 April 184 Bethany Road, Bethany. FREE entry
Guided historic walk through Bethany Village daily at 10am. Tickets at the gate $4 adults, $2 children.
Wednesday 19 April (+ multi-day events)
Angaston Town Day – including:
Back to Angaston: slow down & wander through our local shops & cafes and be charmed by our beautiful tree-lined street which will be in full autumn colour. Take a guided heritage walk of the township’s special icons or browse the Artisan’s stalls of handmade creations in the Village Green.
Angaston Town Hall Market – a collection of local crafts & food artisans within the Barossa & beyond, including Country Kitchen, Barossa Community Radio BBB fm 89.1, candle maker, doggy attire, local historian- Barry Chinner, kid’s clothes, plants, jewellery, local artists, antiques, collectables, books, records, cakes, plants, knitted products, bags, Ruby’s diner de Wheels, salt lamps, wine barrel creations & more.
10am-3pm – Angaston Town Hall – Washington Street, Angaston
Doddridge Blacksmith Shop – Built in 1876 and located in the main street of Angaston. Hardy and brother Bert were third generation Doddridges working this Blacksmith Shop. In 1965, when in his eighties, Hardy shod his last horse. He kept working other parts of the ‘smithy’ until the 1970s. Doddridge’s Blacksmith Shop shod cart and riding horses, and made wrought iron for carts, buggies, ploughs and tools. Blacksmith shops were an essential part of rural life and this is one of the very few remaining main street ‘smithies’ in South Australia. It is an extremely significant vernacular industrial building. After Hardy’s death in 1981, the people of the district purchased the smithy’s equipment to keep the collection together. Built in 1876 and located in the main street of Angaston. Hardy and brother Bert were third generation Doddridges working this Blacksmith Shop. In 1965, when in his eighties, Hardy shod his last horse. He kept working other parts of the ‘smithy’ until the 1970s. Doddridge’s Blacksmith Shop shod cart and riding horses, and made wrought iron for carts, buggies, ploughs and tools. Blacksmith shops were an essential part of rural life and this is one of the very few remaining main street ‘smithies’ in South Australia. It is an extremely significant vernacular industrial building. After Hardy’s death in 1981, the people of the district purchased the smithy’s equipment to keep the collection together.
Wednesday 19th April 11am–4pm and Saturday 22nd April & Sunday 23rd April 2017, 1pm-4pm. FREE entry.
Old Union Chapel display:
The Union Chapel at Angaston was opened on 28th February 1844 for any denomination to use for a variety of different occasions. The chapel and land was given to the community by George Fife Angas, who was a dedicated believer in religious freedom. It is the oldest public building in the Barossa. Over the years it has had many uses including a public meeting facility, dried fruit storage, a home when buildings were scarce after World War 2, a shearing shed and a garage.
Wednesday 19th April to Sunday 23rd April 2017, 10am – 3pm. Penrice Road Angaston. FREE entry.
Flower Arranging & Wine Tasting at Taste Eden Valley
Experience a private and exclusive flower making masterclass matched with a delicious selection of premium wines from iconic vineyards in Barossa/Eden Valley area.
Together with Miss Maggie Flowers and the delightful cottage gardens at Taste Eden Valley we have put together an hour of fun and relaxation for you and your special friends.
Learn and create some eye catching centrepieces with Miss Maggie’s selection of fresh flowers while tasting wines from premium vineyards found in the Taste Eden Valley wine range. Your private class will begin with a glass of sparkling wine before settling into your creations with an exquisite array of cheeses and local produce to nibble away at.
Wednesday 19 – Saturday 22 April 11am. 6 Washington Street, Angaston. Tickets from $83.50
Pipe Organ Recital at Bethany Church
Talented local organist Steve Kaesler will showcase the range on the pipe organ.
1pm, 184 Bethany Road, Bethany. Entry by donation
Festival Garden at Yalumba – A magical day of Yalumba hospitality offering something special for young & old. Considered by many as the unofficial opening event of the Barossa Vintage Festival! Held on the lawns surrounding the majestic Yalumba clocktower, visit the Festival Garden for breakfast, picnic, lunch or twilight feast; experience the Barossa Farmers’ Market Big Breakfast, artisan providores, art & sculpture exhibitions, coopering demonstrations, a cooking school for parents & for kids, The Museum tasting, live music and Yalumba’s finest fare.
7.30am-9pm – 40 Eden Valley Road, Angaston FREE entry
Acquisitions at Lambert Estate
The walls of Lambert Estate will be adorned with a selection of landscapes and vivid abstracts from the Barossa Vintage Festival Art Collection.
A unique opportunity to view pieces from the collection dating back to 1965.
11am Wednesday 19 – Sunday 23 April. 55 Long Gully Road, Angaston. FREE entry
Thursday 20 April
You Take the High Road & I’ll Take the Low Road at Thorn-Clarke
Join us and be guided through a tasting that explores the differences in wines from the high altitude Eden Valley and lower lying Barossa Valley floor. Select parcels of wines produced from Thorn-Clarke vineyards in these two unique sub-regions, will be tasted and compared. You will have the opportunity to blend and experience the approach our Winemaking team takes when deciding what creates the best wine for release under the Thorn-Clarke label.
2.30pm 266 Gawler Park Road Angaston. Tickets from $43.50
Barossa Grounds Tour – featuring Rusden Wines (SOLD OUT)
Uncover the secrets of the Barossa parishes in a glass of wine … Explore the diversity of the various Barossa Grounds with a unique opportunity to taste wines made from single vineyards from the place they begin. Contrast the Eden Valley’s rolling hills with the black cracking clays of Krondorf, and the deep white sands of Vine Vale – and everything in between.
This exclusive opportunity will be hosted by Barossa winemakers and grape growers, who will inspire you with their knowledge of the incomparable Grounds that make up the patchwork of vineyards across the Barossa.
The tour includes an air-conditioned coach, morning tea, tastings of wines from the vineyards – in the vineyards, a Barossa Vintage Festival wine glass, lunch and other light refreshments.
9am – departs from the Tanunda Town Square – 66-68 Murray St, Tanunda
Vine Vale Winemakers Shed Tour – featuring Hart of the Barossa
Join the Vine Vale Winemakers for an exclusive tour of their sheds and vineyards.
Enjoy the vines and views and a personal invitation into the sheds of six small winemakers in the sub-region of Vine Vale. Without permanent cellar door facilities, these little gems are hard to find, quietly crafting their wines on the valley floor from their family vineyards, from grape to glass!
Discover the stories and winemaking secrets of the Vine Vale Winemakers as you enjoy tasting a selection of their favourite wines.
This guided tour visits the sheds and vineyards of Tim Smith Wines, Hart of the Barossa, Heidenreich Estate, Steinborner-Reynolds Family Vineyards, Kurtz Family Vineyards & Cirillo Estate Wines.
Ticket price includes tastings, transfers between sheds and return bus transport
10am & 2pm. Departs from Barossa Regional Gallery – 3 Basedow Rd, Tanunda. Tickets from $46pp
Friday 21 April
Sunset Saunter at Bethany Wines
Hosted by the Schrapel family; join us for an evening immersed in the unique and picturesque site of Bethany.
Start your journey in the vineyard for a lively conversation, a touch of nostalgia and taste the wines picked from these historic vineyards nestled along the eastern ridge of the Barossa Ranges. Finish your saunter through the vineyards with an exclusive tasting of museum release 1992, 2002 and 2012 Bethany Shiraz.
Settle in for the evening at the picturesque Cellar Door, the perfect spot to watch the sunset over the valley, get your groove on and enjoy a glass of Bethany wine matched with a delicious menu of regional produce.
If you would like to just join us for the sunset dining and groove, the choice is yours.
4.30pm 378 Bethany Road Bethany Tickets from $88.50
Friday Uncorked at Lambert Estate
At Lambert Estate Friday’s are about music, friends and food. An opportunity to wind-down with a glass of wine, or jump-start your weekend. This ‘Friday Uncorked’ will celebrate origins with a distinctive US influence. Time to dust off the boots…
A selection of dishes will be available to purchase. Wine by the glass or bottle, a selection of local beers, and other beverages available to purchase.
The Barossa Vintage Festival is about sharing stories, ours is new, it’s about discovery – be part of it!
4pm 55 Long Gully Road Angaston FREE entry
Beer vs Wine Degustation Dinner at Barossa Valley Brewing
A seasonal, interactive five-course degustation dinner with matching beers and wines. Join the brewer and the winemaker as they go head-to-head to with the Battle of the Bottle. Enjoy the argument as both sides try to convince you why their drink matches the dinner better. You control the outcome and choose the winner.
7pm Friday 21 & Saturday 22 April. 2a Murray St Tanunda. Tickets from $98.50pp
Craft Brewer Experience at Barossa Valley Brewing
Immerse yourself in the exciting world of craft beer as you become a brewer at a Barossa Valley Brewing.
The day will start at 9am and conclude at 4pm. It will include hands on experience brewing and canning. This will be a fun and rewarding learning opportunity. Information on craft brewing will be shared throughout the day. Lunch will be provided and you will leave with a case of special Vintage Festival 2017 beer which you would have canned and labelled. Then at 7pm you will attend the popular Beer vs Wine degustation where you will experience the pride Brewers feel, watching a room of people enjoying beer you brewed.
9am 2a Murray Street Tanunda Tickets from $253.50 pp
Saturday 22 April
The Barossa Farmers’ Market Harvest Breakfast
The Barossa Farmers Market is a genuine, regional, local produce market with an amazing selection of seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables, herbs, meats, specialty baked goods, cheeses, preserved fruit and meats, and much more.
Start your Vintage Festival with a wholesome Big Breakfast freshly sourced from the Barossa Farmers Market.
The team behind the Breakfast Bar will put together a mouth-watering menu to welcome in the Harvest and get your weekend off to a fulfilling start.
With three different plates to choose from – Vegan, Vegetarian, and Meat – all appetites will be satisfied. Each meal comes with choice of Chai Tea, Fresh Orange Juice or Coffee. Gluten Free is available upon booking.
8am, 9am & 10am. Corner Stockwell & Nuriootpa Roads Angaston Tickets from $33.50pp
Silver Raven Festival at Turkey Flat Vineyards
Silver Raven Festival, the all-time end of harvest celebration on the banks of Tanunda Creek is on again in 2017!
Headliners Strand of Oaks are set to bring their uniquely earth-shattering sound straight from the USA and will be joined by fellow countrymen Jonny Fritz and San Francisco’s Sonny & the Sunsets alongside Australian talent Henry Wagons and the Only Children, Jen Cloher (with full band feat. Courtney Barnett, Bones Sloane and Jen Sholakis), WA via Nashville’s Ruby Boots, Melbourne’s Lost Ragas and Adelaide’s The San Sebastian and Wanderers (formerly Wasted Wanderers).
Music will be matched with the Barossa doing what the Barossa does best; food & beverage experiences. Wines by Turkey Flat will sit happily alongside brews from the crew at Pirate Life while the food experience will be expanded from the 2016 event. Smokey barbecue from the team at Are You Game?, vegetarian treats from Forage Supply Co, Mexican bites from TacoCat will be on offer with Little Blue Van and Barossa Valley Ice-cream Company keeping the caffeine and sweet treats coming.
Silver Raven Festival is a family friendly event – children under 12 years accompanied by an adult are free.
Gates open 12 noon. 67 Bethany Road, Tanunda. Tickets from $92.50pp (adult) & $42.50pp (child 13-17 years)
A Touch of Brass at Lambert Estate
Nothing says Barossa tradition more than a night with the internationally acclaimed Tanunda Town Band.
Recognised as the oldest brass band in the Southern Hemisphere, the Tanunda Town Band will perform a mix of classics, German style ‘Oom-Pah’ and popular music. The band will be joined by a special guest vocalist.
Ticket price includes a complimentary glass of wine.
A selection of supper options will be available to purchase.
Sing-along, dance the night away – lederhosen optional!
7pm 55 Long Gully Road Angaston. Tickets from $35pp
Sunday 23 April
Splashtacular Family Fun Day at Discovery Parks Barossa
Get ready to make a splash at the Barossa Vintage Festival! Enjoy a picnic lunch and a glass of wine in the sun while the kids play all day on our brand new waterpark! BYO picnic lunch or sample treats from local food & wine vendors. Lawn games will also be available for the young and the young at heart.
12noon-4pm Barossa Valley Way Tanunda Tickets from $33.50 (family of 2a+2c)