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!

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Small bites now available at Turkey Flat

What’s a shared glass of wine in a beautiful garden or by a roaring fire without a little something to eat?

We’re now offering small bites to solve this very problem – simple, but tasty options to fill the gaps between lunch & dinner.

House marinated olives

House roasted nuts

Little boards of Linke’s Barossa lachsschinken and Barossa Valley Cheese Company cheese.

Small bites are available during all Cellar Door opening hours – 11am-5pm.

Silver Raven Festival

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Turkey Flat & Golden Arrow are thrilled to bring you Silver Raven Festival this April! An Americana tinged rock n roll extravaganza featuring some of the best names in the biz. Surrounded by the idyllic gardens and vines of our good friends, Turkey Flat Vineyards, this will be an epic day of world-class music, food and booze.

Bringing the good eats will be a tasty collaboration between The Happy Motel and The Vendor – with rumours of an infinity charcoal swirling, we know we’re in for some treats!

Headlined by none other than the Billboard Chart’s #1 Country/Folk/Rock artist of 2015, Jason Isbell, the line-up is jammed with amazing talent:

Jason Isbell
“Jason Isbell is arguably the most revered roots-rock singer-songwriter of his generation” – The Music
Jason Isbell, along with his stellar band The 400 Unit, will return to Australia to play Silver Raven Festival. Released in July, his incredible new album Something More Than Free, has simply reinforced what a formidable and respected songwriter Isbell is. It debuted at #1 on three Billboard charts – Top Rock Album, Country Album & Folk Albums – it has set airplay records around the globe and has critics raving. Rolling Stone Magazine being one: another: DzAlt-country? Americana? Whatever, he’s made another utterly towering record.”

Eilen Jewell
Honesty, confidence, and respect permeate Eilen Jewellǯs music, dating back to her self-released Boundary County album in 2006. Since then, the Boise native has recorded five studio albums for Signature Sounds with her road-tested touring band, and two more as a member of the Boston-based

Bad//Dreems
The local garage rock n roll masters. A sound, which draws from the Australian underground of the late 70s and 80s, while also taking cues from US indie outsiders like The Replacements and Wipers. Mundane meets morbid; the humdrum meets the horror; nostalgia meets nightmare. Big dreams meet bad dreams.

Endless Boogie
The best-kept secret in New York’s rock scene. In a sea of derivative and freshly outfitted young bands, Endless Boogie — with a combined age of 169 and members who count Canned Heat as one of their influences — doesn’t have a big agenda. They just want to rock with you, preferably all night long. We try boogie sometimes, but boogie’s hard, says guitarist Jesper Eklow (aka DzThe Governordz) self-effacingly. Boogie takes skill and we haven’t honed those skills yet. The band’s sound is a meltdown of metal, psychedelic and classic rock with a heavy dose of riffage, a kick-ass beat and super-cryptic lyrics. It’s thunderous and mellow at once.

The Audreys
We are thrilled to have the bittersweet honour of hosting the Audreys’ final show before taking a break from touring and making records for a while.
The Audreys are songwriting duo Taasha Coates and Tristan Goodall. Formed in Adelaide in 2004, they have become one of Australia’s most respected folk rock acts & ARIA award winners. They like vintage clothes, vinyl records, drinking, touring and each other.

Koral and the Goodbye Horses
“…Adelaide’s Koral & The Goodbye Horses straddle a line between giants like PJ Harvey and more contemporary voices like Ainslie Wills and Anna Calvidz– Rip It Up SAM Award nominated noir alt-rockers Koral & The Goodbye Horses released their debut EP Nocturnes to critical acclaim in 2015.”

Hana & Jessie-Lee
Hana & Jessie-Lee are a honky-tonk, country and western whiskey drinkin’ duo that arose from the band The Sloe Ruin. After fronting as lead singer and lead twangin’ guitarist, the two decided to continue the boot stomping after the band ended in mid 2015. Singing songs of heart break, late nights at the bar and travelling the world with a hip-flask of single malt, the soulful vocal tones and punchy lead guitar licks will steal your attention in the first line. Having already played supports for Tex Perkins, The Kill Devil Hills, and American country singer
Sam Outlaw, the pair have some special shows coming up in the new year, as well as a brand new two track single to be released in early 2016.

Ollie English
“Ollie English is a singer-songwriter, guitarist from Adelaide, South Australia. The blues musician just released his new single I Know You’re Gonna Leave, surprisingly forceful yet emotive. With debut EP Cabin Thoughts expected for release in late October, this serves as a nice preview. A slow building and ominous track, it showcases Ollie’s raw vocals and composition skills. The subtle guitar melody develops into a stomping blues riff backed by a lazy bass-line and shuffling drums. I can’t wait to hear more of his dark, brooding sound” – (Melina Scarfo, Made Of Honey)

Return bus transfers ex Adelaide are available to make things even easier for you!

Tickets are via OzTix $79pp show only (bus transfer + $36pp).

See you there beautiful people!

More info? www.silverravenfestival.com

Wine in your pocket – we love the WithWine app!

Ok – wine apps are nothing new, we know there’s more of them than space on any phone… But this one – WithWine – is definitely worth making room for.

Not only does it help you find wines you’ll love – based on your friends recommendations – it helps you store & remember wines you’ve discovered yourself – just scan the barcode! Then – and now this is the great part – you can buy said wines right inside the app. No links – no 3rd parties – you buy direct from the producer right there. The thoughtful simplicity of this thing is amazing.

The best part is, the more of your friends that get involved, the better experience for everyone. I know I’m in (along with the rest of the office!).

At Turkey Flat we’ve signed up & our wines are all available to order now. (and if you order before December 10 you’ll receive them in time for Christmas too!)

Get on board & start discovering! 

Turkey Flat Shiraz awarded the Barossa Trust Mark

The Turkey Flat Shiraz has been awarded the Barossa Trust Mark in 2015
The Turkey Flat Shiraz has been awarded the Barossa Trust Mark in 2015

Excellence in Food, Wine and Tourism in the Barossa is recognised and celebrated with the Barossa Trust Mark and we are extremely proud to announce that this has been awarded to our Turkey Flat Shiraz.

The Barossa Trust Mark is an honour conferred on Barossan products and experiences that meet an exceptional standard across five values:

Origin |  Integrity | Quality |  Environment | Community

So when you choose our Barossa Trust Mark product you will know:

• It has origin – our sense of place in the Barossa.

• It has been developed with integrity – our sense of purpose and authenticity.

• The quality achieved has been ambitiously sought after – our sense of ambition and excellence.

• The Barossa Trust Mark is founded on the value of environment – our sense of responsibility and sustainability.

• It belongs to a community – our sense of belonging and pride in the Barossa.

The Barossa Trust Mark recognises exemplary achievement and distinction across the five pillars of value creation and we’re very proud to be in very good company with the other 31 Barossa Trust Mark holders. For more information head this way

Introducing ‘The Ancestor’ by Turkey Flat Vineyards

Turkey Flat Vineyards The Ancestor
Turkey Flat Vineyards The Ancestor with decanter by Nick Mount

Turkey Flat Vineyards are thrilled to be releasing their new shiraz, The Ancestor this August, the first wine made exclusively from their historic 1847 vines.

In 1847 Johann August Frederick Fiedler planted shiraz vines (amongst 72 varieties of grape vine) on his property at ‘Turkey Flat’.

It was the preservation of the same vines in the face of the 1987 vine pull scheme which prompted the Schulz family (now 5th generation owners of the Turkey Flat property) to begin a new more personal approach to winemaking. Thus, after years of hard work bringing the garden back to life, in 1990 Turkey Flat Vineyards was born.

Naming ‘The Ancestor’ refers, of course, to our own Ancestors who purchased the Turkey Flat property in the 1870s, although interestingly the vines themselves are classified as ‘Ancestor’ vines by the Barossa Old Vine Charter. The distinctive script on this label has been taken directly from the 1888 Schulz family butchers ledger, discovered while restoring their shop to become our Cellar Door in 1992.

2012 was an exceptional year by anyone’s standards; lower than average yields, no disease, ideal ripening conditions and a slow steady harvest in which to give each parcel of fruit careful individual attention. From this perfect season came the most exemplary fruit off the Ancestor vines and the decision that this vintage – and these vines themselves – needed to be honoured.

The Ancestor is an extremely limited release and will be made only in exceptional years. To register your interest in purchasing The Ancestor, please fill in this form. This wine will not initially be available online. Customers who register their interest will be contacted on the release date to finalise purchases.

The first vintage – 2012 – will be released on Monday August 10, 2015. Price per 750ml bottle is $150, with a maximum sale of 2 per person.

The Secret Garden Party at Turkey Flat Vineyards

the Secret Garden Party 2014 at Turkey Flat Vineyards
the Secret Garden Party 2014 at Turkey Flat Vineyards

Sunday March 15, 2015 we’ll close the Fringe Festival in true Barossa style – with the perfect picnic in our secret garden….

An afternoon nestled amongst the vines of our Bethany vineyard graced with the beautiful melodies of Holly Throsby, Kaurna Cronin & Echo and the Empress. Delicious picnic fare from Barossa’s Tracy Collins, a few lawn games & of course a glass of our finest.
Does it get any better than that? We don’t think so!

Price includes delicious picnic boxes, which are designed to share, a glass of wine on arrival in our fabulous picnic-safe glass (yours to keep!) and show.

Car parking is readily available (and free!) onsite. This is a licensed event, so we highly recommend designating a driver or arranging alternative transport.

Seating for this event is picnic-style – please bring your own picnic rug, or low beach-style chair (in the consideration of visibility for everyone, no full-size chairs, please).
Strictly no BYO food & beverages please, thank you.

Join us & discover the true enchantment of Barossa hospitality…

Tickets go on sale via Adelaide Fringe FringeTix on 26 November. Visit http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au, phone 1300 621 255 or visit them in person in Rundle Mall.