Shopping in the Barossa is becoming a real alternative to wine tasting, which is great for local and international visitors alike! The latest shopping experience taps into our desire for healthy, handmade, luxe body experiences as well as wonderful olive oil gastronomic products. Vasse Virgin Seppeltsfield, originally from the Margaret River wine region in Western Australia are now also located in the wonderfully restored Vinegar Haus at Seppeltsfield.
As well as superb products, Vasse Virgin offer experiences
Seppeltsfield Road continues to surprise not only visitors to the Barossa, but also those of us who are lucky enough to live here. We hadn’t for a moment envisaged that we would have a Gin Distillery in our Barossa neighborhood – but now we have! What’s more, it’s not just “any” Gin Distillery. The young couple behind the dream have hit the ground running and have quickly made a name for themselves, not only for their gin, but for their hospitality and incredible community spirit.
“What’s the best Barossa luxury accommodation you can recommend?”
When we don’t have availability at Seppeltsfield Vineyard Cottage, we inevitably get asked this question.
Whilst very subjective, we understand the person enquiring wants something special, private and bespoke. They also want great service and authenticity, something that truly reflects the Barossa. Location is important too – a vineyard setting and close proximity to good restaurants are high on the list.
Only a 30 minute drive north of Seppeltsfield Vineyard Cottage and the Barossa, is Anlaby Station. It is the home of the oldest Merino Stud in South Australia and the historically listed gardens include the shade house, glass house, walled vegetable garden, rose gardens and terraced lawns. The original carriageway winds past the front of the house and down to the peacock aviary.
I have to confess I feel quite emotional each time I watch this video of the Barossa Valley. It captures the essence of what I love about the Barossa…the countryside, the characters and the genuine warmth of the people who live and work here, not to mention the fabulous Barossa food culture!
Next to good Barossa wine surely comes finding a good Barossa coffee…and we’re all so fussy now because we are thoroughly spoilt here in Australia! This list is by no means complete and I’ll follow up in another blog with some more coffee options, this is just to get you started!
So, here are some tips on where to get some of the best Barossa coffee. Thank you to my very good friend and neighbour B, (who knows all things coffee!)
So many of our past guests have expressed a desire to return to the Barossa and bring their friends, so they too can enjoy the “green fix” that rolling hills, vineyards and fresh country air offer. But…. they wanted to stay again at Seppeltsfield Vineyard Cottage and have their friends stay nearby in a cottage, also in beautiful Seppeltsfield. Now we have the perfect solution!
Our wonderful neighbours, Skye and Andrew Quinn, have painstakingly renovated a cottage overlooking our property. Known as Cambourne Boutique Accommodation, the cottage is located on their 18 acre Shiraz vineyard and offers amazing elevated views of the Barossa Valley.
We are so blessed here in the Barossa Valley with not only a combination of wonderful, passionate food producers, talented chefs and an amazing food history, but also people who have spent many hours of time and energy ensuring Barossa food traditions are preserved and shared.
A recent initiative of the Barons of the Barossa was to fund a project where six videos were made featuring early settler foods. Local chef Mark McNamara and Barossa Masterchef finalist Callum Hann visit the cooks in their own kitchens preparing the food. The aim is to promote and preserve the Barossa’s unique food culture.
I hope you enjoy this video, I’m sure if you’re under 60 years of age you will be stunned at how easy butter is to make!
If you would like to see the whole series of videos, they can be found on Mark McNamara’s Food Luddite website.
Loving where you stay is a huge part of your Barossa holiday (or any holiday!), but being able to combine that stay with nearby experiences is the icing on the cake.
We made this video to show the wonderful experiences that are within close proximity to your cottage and the wonderful people and businesses who are our neighbours.
Whether it’s a 5 minute walk to Hentley Farm for a long lunch (or just a wine tasting or both!) or a 15 minute walk up through our neighbours vineyard and across to Fino restaurant and all the delights of Seppeltsfield Winery. Who would have thought you would be shopping for handmade shoes, beautiful hats or a bespoke knife in a winery?
The best thing is though, that you will feel welcome and part of where we live. We all know each other and love to share our experiences with you that we think you will enjoy.
Of course, right next to the cottage is our Seize the Day vineyard and as you can see in the video, you can be as close and personal as it gets in a Barossa vineyard!
I think the Domain Day Balsamic Vinegar story is a classic Barossa one. It is a story of how Barossa winemaker Robin Day turned a wine making error (not his!) into a foodie’s delight.
This is Robin’s story in his owns words……
“There is a legendary story about the famous winemaker, Peter Lehman. When he was a youngish winemaker at Saltrams, a lady from the group he was showing through the winery asked, “Young man, do you make vinegar?” to which he replied, “Not intentionally, madam.”