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Local Picks

Barossa Winemakers, Publicans, Butchers, Artists, Bakers and Artisans offer their thoughts on how to navigate the 2017 Barossa Vintage Festival Program.



Creative Director @ Winestains

The Barossa comes alive around this time of year and I love how we celebrate what makes us truly unique. It’s also a great opportunity for many of the locals to get out and explore their own backyard.


Barista, Brewer, Wine Cycle Tour – A great way to enjoy the beautiful Barossa scenery while experiencing great coffee food & wine.
Punkt Zu Punkt – Who’s not up for a challenge?! What’s better is there is guaranteed wine at the end of it and an opportunity to experience Feast, Folk and Fossick.
Vine Vale Winemakers Shed Tour – A great way to uncover six small winemakers – these little gems are hard to come by.



Idea generator, blogger and maker @ The Hundred Mile Home

Autumn is my favourite season in the Barossa Valley. It heralds the end of the heat of summer (hopefully) and the beginning of the preserving season, as the garden and orchard bounties are stashed away for the year ahead. It's a busy time in the vineyards and wineries too and every second year when the Vintage Festival comes along it's a great opportunity for us to get out of the house and celebrate together after all the hard work's been done. My grandfather was on the original committee for the very first vintage festival so this year's 70th Anniversary is particularly special.



Cookery 100 - The Barossa cookery book celebrates 100 years in print this year and the Regional gallery is holding an exhibition to celebrate this, joining forces with local artists to pay tribute to the cookbook using their own mediums.

Zeigenmarket - I am a huge fan of the idea of living local as much as possible and this wonderful event is an energetic and fun way to be reminded that it's not a new concept. To quote the program ' get lost in the atmosphere of this bustling market, bid on fresh produce, buy livestock, taste the local fare and embrace the sights, sounds and tastes of a bygone era.'

Barossa Made Market - After the Zeigenmarket walk up to 'Barossa Made' for a wonderful opportunity to talk to many of the Barossa's artisans and makers. Get a glimpse into their lives and maybe even take home a one of a kind piece of the Barossa.

And if I can sneak it in, I'd love to quickly mention Extraordinary, Everyday Barossa a series of gorgeous pieces by the wonderful Chris Sands celebrating the people that make this place what it is.



Creators/Bakers @ Mehl Sourdough 

Every two years, Vintage Festival flies around again and we have to pinch ourselves even harder than normal to be reminded of the incredible region we live in! As if we weren’t lucky enough already to be surrounded by such incredible food and wine but then to have this opportunity to share and celebrate this with such an amazing line up of events is just awesome!


Silver Raven Festival @ Turkey Flat Vineyards After enjoying it so much last year, we are really looking forward to this eclectic festival again. Amazing vibe, great food, wine (of course!), beer (Pirate Life from Adelaide) and the opportunity to see some incredible music from around the world that is brought together so uniquely by the folks at Turkey Flat.

Let the Bubbles Speak @ Rockford WinesWith a line up of different discouragements matched with food from their generous Organic Garden, learn about the history and share the journey of Sparkling Black Shiraz.

Scarecrow CompetitionWe love a good old country tradition! Such a good giggle on our daily jaunts around the Valley showing the creativity and humour of this gorgeous region.

The Publicans' Guide



Chief Executive Office @ Vine Inn Barossa Community Hotel

All of the Barossa comes together and celebrates what it is that makes our area really special (apart from our people) our amazing food and drink varieties - from our amazing wineries to pub grub and Tapas to fine dining – who could want more choices?


The Vintage Parade as it celebrates the traditions and history of our great region.

Barossa Comes Home at Nuriootpa Oval. The Parade end at Centennial Park will be the first time in a long time since the floats have all assembled in one area along with having a kid and family event to commemorate 70 years of Festival Parades

Excuse my parochialism, but I have to go for Nuriootpa's Long Table Lunch with Sprout catering and the return of Callum Hahn and his team doing a 5 course degustation lunch in Memorial Ave along with matching wines from some of our premium Nuri wineries.



Publican @ The Lyndoch Hotel

Vintage festival is awesome as it brings together our heritage, our community spirit and puts us on the Tourism map. It’s a time to celebrate vintage and bring all our renown resources together in food, wine, art, culture and destination. The Barossa embraces new things and the culture change to adapt to youth and their needs, but we all love dusting off the favourite old hat and heading out to a shindig!


An event in my own back yard in the Southern Barossa, Feast Folk & Fossick is number one.

Silver Raven Festival is up there

Alchemy would be my next choice, so many to choose from!




General Manager @ The Clubhouse

The Barossa is a world leader for its wine, so it makes sense to celebrate the climax of a year's hard work and planning in an industry that is the primary source of income for many in the Barossa. The Festival gives us the opportunity to showcase our unique Barossa culture and products.


Vintage Golf  - A beautiful course, a frustrating round and a few laughs followed by a wonderful lunch.

Ziegenmarket - Where anything could happen! One year the pig got loose.

The Festival Parade - Where the whole Barossa comes together to showcase their floats in a humourous manner while we enjoy a schluck or two


The Artists' Picks



Abstract Painter marniewark.com

It is a magical time in the Barossa during Barossa Vintage Festival. Not only does the region look incredibly beautiful, as the Autumn colours erupt, but the energy and passion in the region is palpable.


The event that I am looking forward to most this year is the Silver Raven Festival. This music event is new to the Barossa Vintage Festival line up but I went last year and it totally rocked! The open air venue at Turkey Flat is spectacular and the line up of bands is first - rate.

Another must-do for me is a visit to Peter Lehmann Wines to check out Rod Schubert’s latest Exhibition.

And finally The Festival Garden at Yalumba is not to be missed. I will be booking our children into the Kids Cooking School and the Art Studio Workshops (run by Art Gallery SA).



Photographic Artist/Author/All things related to growing grapes, making wine, label design, selling wine and boring admin stuff. rojomoma.com.au

I love the Vintage Festival because it is a real celebration of what the Barossa is, and always has been about – wine, food, art, culture and fun.  There is a great range of events.  The hardest thing is deciding how many you can pack in!


Founder Families Harvest Thanksgiving. What an amazing way to experience some of the region’s best landscapes, wine and food.  A beautiful homage to the Barossa past, present and future.

Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues. Live Blues & Rock…Charlie’s iconic wine…food…beautiful surrounds…an evening of fun and tasty treats…what more could you ask for?

Freakishly Matched. Two of my favourite things – food and wine!  Well, perhaps more precisely two of my favourite local restaurants and wines together.  Tuoi’s fantastic aromatic Asian delicacies at fermentAsian matched with John’s range of beautiful riesings is a perfect way to spend a Friday afternoon.



Creator @ Self Pollinate, co-creator @ Barossa Coffee Roasters, Mum of 2.

I just love the aliveness of the Barossa around Vintage time, but then on Vintage Festival years it gets even better because there’s somewhere to channel the excitement in the air! Celebrating ourselves and what makes our region tick by proudly sharing old and new traditions, is a great sign of a healthy, vibrant and invested Community, and it makes me feel very proud to be a Barossan.


Vintage Parade - I’ve got a catalogue of brilliant childhood memories stored from watching the long line of expressive floats roll by each Festival, and it’s such a wonderful thing to share it with our kids now.

Scarecrow Competition - I also really love the creativity that bubbles up from the most unlikely places for the Scarecrow Competition.

Let’s Go Fly a Kite - A newly created event last Festival, but one that makes my heart sing is “Let’s Go Fly a Kite”, a beautiful family friendly event on the grounds of Seppeltsfield Winery.

The Winemakers' Selection



Owner, Grapegrower, Winemaker, Salesman, Admin & Label Designer @ Whistler Wines

The Vintage Festival is an opportunity for people to come and experience the energy around the Barossa during the busiest time of the year for us- Vintage. There’s something magic about getting stuck behind an old tractor towing a load a grapes along the road, the hundreds of backpackers scattered throughout vineyards as they hand pick the grapes, and the smell of fermenting wine when you visit a winery. The whole community opens its doors and allows you to have a sneak peak behind the scenes at what makes this region so special.


Ziegenmarkt - It is like you are walking back through time when you come to this market. Pickup a delicious breakfast while you bid on a live pig or a few chickens. Where else can you do that?

The Parade - always feels like the heart of the Vintage Festival program, and an event that can’t be missed. The streets are lined full of both locals and tourists alike as they watch the 100+ floats role past.

Long Table Lunch @ Whistler - Jock Zonfrillo’s Restaurant Blackwood is creating some of the most exciting food in South Australia at the moment, so I am really excited to have them on board, showcasing some of our new wines along side some of our old museum wines.



Winemaker/owner @ Rieslingfreak

Every second year, I look forward to the Barossa Vintage Festival. This is when the Barossa really comes alive, with five days of food, wine, art and culture.

My favourite event is always the Barossa Vintage Parade. This has been part of the festival since 1948.  Tradition has it, that there is always a three course breakfast at my place, with the entry fee being a bottle of bubbles. We then pack the esky’s, head up to Murray Street to watch the parade. Once the Parade is finished, we follow the last float for further festivities.

The Vintage Parade always starts off shady, due to the Barossa Wine Chapters Auction and Lunch being on the Friday. An afternoon of food, great Barossa wine and friends. Can also be an expensive day, especially after a few drinks, and bidding on the Barossa’s finest!

This year I can really see me suffering at the parade, as the Chook Shed Social Club looks like a great fun event to go to Friday night, and a way to wind down from the busy and social week.

Hopefully I will see you at one or more of these events!

John is hosting Freakishly Matched



Winemaker, proprietor, dogsbody @ Tim Smith Wines

As each Vintage comes to an end ,and all the fruit is either in fermenters or preferably in barrel, that’s when I swear you can hear a collective sigh of relief from all of us lucky enough to make wine here. It kind of puts a ‘full stop’ to harvest, and time to reconnect with family and friends at a little less frenetic pace, and we can resume some sense of normality. The Festival events are a great reminder of how our Barossa culture has evolved with the past generations and we work towards creating new ones...


The Festival Garden, at Yalumba; Want to see a broad cross section of Barossa foods, art, craft, master classes etc-your one stop shop!

Vine Vale Winemakers Shed Day, Thursday 20th April; For obvious personal  reasons-but a chance to showcase a lesser known sub-region at the base of the Eastern Ranges of the Barossa.

The Festival Parade, Saturday 22nd April; Such an institution, its worth getting up early and getting a great road side spot; don’t forget the Barossa Breakfast essentials of Sparkling Shiraz (insiders tip; Willows, ‘The Doctor’), or Botrytis Semillon (Barossa Berocca) if you are a bit dusty from cleansing ales at The Valley Hotel the night before.

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