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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Barossa Valley April 20th 2018

Its the weekend, but not for Colin and I, as today our workweek starts at Heritage Winery. Woke up disgustingly early, as we had to ride 8 ks to get to the winery, to start our first paid grape picking, as opposed to the five finger discount picking, we have done along the way. Its the 21st of march, Autumnal equinox, the days are a little shorter, nights are a little longer. mornings are getting a little more brass monkey, especially on a brisk early morning's ride to work. Yes that four letter word is one I am not used to, pen pushing hands are about to get a workout in the vineyard. The work is hard, but the pay is good, ( I think I borrowed that line from a song in a distant memory.) ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Barossa Valley April 11th 2018

We leave the coast road today and head north to the Barossa Valley, home of my favourite wine – Jacobs Creek. It’s a pretty drive through the vineyards and farms of the Adelaide Hills, through the quaint German town of Hahndorf, where we take a wander. Hahndorf was settled by German pioneers in 1834. They tried to conceal their Germaness due to persecution during WW1 but are trying to rediscover it again to boost tourism. Onwards on Route B34, branded the Epicurean Way. We are enticed by a large yellow cow into a cheese shop and purchase some very tasty goats Brie for lunch. On arrival in the Barossa Valley, our first point of call is, of course, Jacobs Creek, followed by Wolf Blass and then Penfolds. There are some heavy hitters around here. We check ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Barossa Valley March 22nd 2018

After a good days rest, well laced with good food, wine and excellent company, it was time to pack our bikes and hit the road once more. Colin thought the manager of the hostel seemed very pleased to see the back of these feral bikers. Apparently we sort of didn't have the look of his usual "up market" clientele. We smiled and gave him a big cheerio as we rode off into the morning mists of the Adelaide hills. We picked up a few travelling supplies from the old fashioned general store, and headed for Williamtown. Further on up the road we hit some more wineries in the Lower Barossa at Rowland Flat. we sampled some local wines and as I went to make a purchase of a red traveller, NO Wallet, Oh Shit, this is ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Barossa Valley March 14th 2018

Blog 5 Barossa Valley - March 14, 2018 – Weather forecast: cloudy with a high of 22°C and a 53% humidity – light winds Today was set aside as a full day of sightseeing in the Barossa Valley which is to include a tour of two different wineries where we are to have wine tastings. Our tour departure was not until 10 am so I arose early for a walk around the adjoining golf course in the hopes of spotting some kangaroos in the “wild”. I was duly rewarded as I came up on a mob of four kangaroos grazing along the fringes of the fairways. We kept our respected distances and they didn’t seemed to be overly concerned that I was there taking their photos. They almost seemed to be posing. Breakfast was at the ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Barossa Valley February 11th 2018

Well what a lovely cruisey day! A sleep in to begin with! No need to be at the bus station till 8.45! What luxury!! We had a lovely little group with a mixture of international tourists and even locals. A Scottish official in South Australia was told to gather more settlers for the state, when he heard of a group of Germans who were being persecuted for their religious beliefs in their own country. Being a Scotsman, who had his kinfolk persecuted for their Catholicism, he could sympathise. The German settlers were invited over. They brought some vines with them, and picked up more at South Africa along the way. Following a very informative and picturesque drive we arrived at a little winery called TeAro Estate, set up four generations ago by a couple of German ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Barossa Valley » Nuriootpa October 15th 2016

Saturday 8 October 2016 - Anlaby Station Anlaby or Anlaby Station is a pastoral lease located about 12 kilometres south east of Marrabel and 14 kilometres north of Kapunda. We decided to visit the Station at the invitation of Tom’s sister Kathy as there was an open garden during the weekend. We packed up our vans then drove them down to Kapunda and headed north to the Station along a dirt road. There was about 10km of dirt road but we had got a report that the road, which was involved in the flooding and heavy rains a week earlier, had been grade 2 days ago. It was an excellent road. We arrived in Kapunda first and had coffee there. Whilst parked in one of the side streets of the town, Tom came across his brother-in-law ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Barossa Valley January 9th 2016

God Made the Wine to Gladden the Heart of Man” – psalm 104:15. I don’t know which psalmist penned that one but it gets my vote for psalm of the double millennium. Actually it doesn’t have much competition – I can’t rattle off another single psalm from The Good Book. I just zeroed in on a particular one that reflected my alcohol consuming tendencies. Regardless who was responsible, he would surely enjoy a reincarnation down Adelaide way circa 2016. His heart would be overflowing with warmth given the barrels of wine flowing out from the surrounds. Follow the Yellow Brick Road in any direction from the South Oz capital and you will stumble onto some of our most celebrated grapes being plucked from the rolling vines of Barossa, McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills and Clare Valley. What ... read more
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Hi everyone, what a great day yesterday. Stu, Chris, Rosie and I drove to the Barossa Valley which is the wine region, just for a change ! ! Beautiful stunning scenery, we could live there !! First we met up with Ella in a place called Tanunda, it was great seeing her again, Ella is the sister of Debbie and Mick who we stay with up on the Norfolk Broads. Ella has been out here since the 80's - 90's and we last saw her in Bali a couple of years ago. We all had lunch together, caught up with the latest and then Ella went off with her daughter's dog, Dexter, whilst we went wine tasting. It's all got to stop when we come home !! I said to Stu 'we can't carry on like ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Barossa Valley August 28th 2014

Exactly when do we consider ourselves home? Home Number 1 is when the caravan is home; safely through the gate at Kaloola. This is always a little daunting as the safest way to enter the property is from the south, but this means turning right into the driveway just over the crest of a hill which is on a significant freight route. Timing is everything. Last thing we need is a semi bearing down on us as we turn. It is not ideal but so far we are managing OK. After a cuppa with Gwen we set about unpacking. With the inside clean and polished Greg did the same on the outside. The van packed away in the shed we are ready to head for Home Number 2. Back in Adelaide, we are delighted to see ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Barossa Valley July 12th 2013

Zum ersten Mal in Australien durchgeschlafen – auch mein Körper ist jetzt komplett angekommen J Nach einem späten Frühstück fuhren wir heute um 10 Uhr zu fünft Richtung Norden, zu Beginn durch leichten Regen. Ziel: Maggie Beer’s Farm im Barossa Valley. Maggie Beer’s ist eine der bekanntesten Köchinnen Australiens und besitzt in knapp 90 Kilometer Entfernung von Adelaide eine kleine Farm, in der sie ein Restaurant betreibt, ihre Produkte verkauft und Kochkurse abhält. Auf ihrer Farm gibt es auch freilaufende Pfaue und ein paar Vogelgehege die Christian, David und ich uns zuerst noch angesehen haben. Yasmin und Sarah sind sofort ins Restaurant und haben zu verkosten begonnen, wir dann kurz später ebenfalls. Maggie bietet kleine Picknickkörbe an, von denen wir uns mehrere nahmen und zusammen mit alkoholfreiem Schaumwein genossen J Zum Abschluss spazierte ich noch eine ... read more
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