The fires of the Bethany to Angaston Trail

It’s cold, it’s wet, it’s winter, it’s no fun. Right? No way! We’re big fans of this wintery weather and for very good reason. Not only is this record rainfall incredible for the vines, it’s the best time to cozy up in front of a fire and just relax. So without further ado let me introduce you to the fires of the Bethany to Angaston Trail:

First up – to our newest member of the trail, Chateau Tanunda. With over 125 years of Barossa winemaking history, the fire-side couches at Château Tanunda cellar door are the perfect place to taste a selection of premium Barossa wines of world acclaim.

Down the road a little (and directly across the vines as the crow flies) is Turkey Flat Vineyards. The quaint 1860s bluestone butchers shop turned Cellar Door is kept warm and inviting by the slow combustion fire. Grab a spot on a bar table by the fire, warm your tastebuds with spicy, red fruited Grenache or elegant Shiraz and their personal winter favourite, Mataro, play a game of dominoes or noughts and crosses – perhaps even enjoy a bite to eat with a little board of lachsschinken and cheese.

Nestled in those fog-covered hills up the road is Bethany Wines. Enjoy the stunning views from the comfort and warmth of your spot by the fire as you taste through their impressive range of exceptional varietal and single vineyard wines.

The 100 year old wood fired oven is the centre point for your next stop at Rusden Wines. The long tasting bench is never more inviting as on the weekends when this beauty is roaring and is the perfect vantage point from which to enjoy Rusden’s cheekily charming hospitality and delicious wines.

At Taste Eden Valley – the home of 16 artisan winemakers from the (even chillier!) Barossa high country you can trust they know a good fire. Put your feet up by the fire and enjoy the premium wines or for something a little different a chocolate wine tasting and hot chocolate tasting for the non-drinker (insert sigh of contentment here)

Further into Angaston is to the majestic Yalumba complete with their comfy couches and grand fireplace. The perfect location from which to experience their winter Grenache tastings, explained no better than by Yalumba themselves: “Our Grenache wines are wonderfully complex, each with its own personality and unique expression of Barossa terroir. Find your perfect match for today with a Grenache flight paired with tastes from some of Barossa’s finest artisanal producers.”  $15, fully refundable when you purchase a 3 pack collection of their Grenache wines!

…Are you tired of all this fireside drinking yet? Of course you’re not!

Time now to check in to your accommodation – walking into the beautiful old barn of Lanzerac Country Estate is one incredibly welcoming experience as you are greeted by the massive old fire, surrounded by comfy couches to slump and slurp in. We have it on good authority that the port keg never runs dry at Lanzerac – and as an added bonus, there’s Wesley, their gorgeous dog who might just move from his pole position by the fire for a pat.

Or if you’d prefer your own personal fire in your accommodation… then Barossa Vineyard Cottages are your best bet. Their Norwegian ‘pot belly’ fireplaces are set up ready for your homecoming after a long day out of eating and drinking throughout the Barossa. Relax and unwind in front of a parade of flames that heat every cold limb within minutes. Pair this with a tall glass of red and your cheeks are guaranteed to glow!”

If you can drag yourself away from the fire at your accommodation to venture out for some dinner you simply can not go past the impressive fire at Vintners Bar and Grill. With an elegant and sophisticated ambience this is the place to enjoy exceptional regional food of Peter Clarke and outstanding service by Rami and her team.

So there you have it – 9 more excuses to make a date with the Barossa Valley – and the fires of the Bethany to Angaston Trail.

Do you have a favourite fire? Let us know so we can go check it out too!


Bethany Wines – June 2016 update

Vintage Crew 2016

Each vintage at Bethany is characterised by the new faces we see in the vintage crew; often people who are travelling the world from wine region to wine region gaining life experiences, working hard and enjoying what the region has to offer.

This vintage we are pleased to welcome two familiar faces, Stuart Bloomfield and Jess Bloomfield (nee Schrapel.) Both Stu and Jess finished their Bachelor of Viticultural and Oenology last year at Adelaide University and are working the 2016 vintage with winemaker, Steve Pester before heading to New Zealand to start their journey around the globe.

Geoff and Robert sample Bethany

2016 Vintage Report

The 2016 vintage is showing strong indications of being a standout vintage boasting higher than average yields and fruit of excellent quality. The growing season was characterised by low winter and spring rainfall, followed by a warm December reducing bunch weights. A refreshing break in the weather on the 21st of January saw 1.5 inches of rain fall on our Bethany vineyards. These milder temperatures continued into February allowing for slow ripening conditioning with the whites retaining a good balance of acidity and sugar ripeness. Harvest started at Bethany on the 25th of January with Semillon from our Manse and Bethanien blocks. Post ‘crush’ tastings of the Shiraz show fruit of outstanding depth of colour and vibrant fresh fruit characters.

Bethany Wines

Bethany logo with 150 years vineyard and cellar door



Positioned between Barossa and Eden Valleys, Bethany vines are planted to follow the gentle undulation of the surrounding alluvial hills. First planted in 1852 by the Schrapel family, today these old vines produce wines of intense concentrated fruit characters, wines that are a natural reflection of the unique terroir at Bethany.

The Schrapel family invites you to join them in celebrating the 30th anniversary of Bethany wines. We offer a full range of exceptional varietal, individual vineyard wines. Visit our cellar door and taste our award winning whites and reds whilst enjoying stunning views across the Barossa.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Open Monday-Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sunday 1pm-5pm

378 Bethany Road, Tanunda

Phone: (08) 8563 2086