Magically secluded in the western Barossa backblocks, Seppeltsfield is less like a winery, more like a historic wine village. This sprawling complex of gorgeous stone buildings, founded in 1851 by recently arrived Silesian immigrant Joseph Seppelt, was Australia’s biggest wine producer in the early years of the 1900s. On-site today you’ll find regional fine-dining superstar Fino, coffee roaster/café Octeine, the Jam Factory art and design hub, Vasse Virgin luxe soap factory, a cooperage, Seppeltsfield’s cellar door, and all manner of tours and experiences. Give yourself at least an afternoon to soak it all up!
Getting here is half the fun. From Tanunda or Nuriootpa, take Seppeltsfield Rd – a meandering drive through the vines along a roadway lined with surreal colonnades of date palms, planted in the 1930s. Pay your respects at the Greek-inspired hilltop Seppelt Family Mausoleum en route, built in 1927. When you eventually roll into the cellar door, don’t miss a lick of tawny port, Seppeltsfield’s flagship product. Tastings kick off at $10, ramping-up through ‘Taste Your Birth Year’ experiences and tours of the Centennial Cellars, home to Seppeltsfield’s barrels of 100-year-old tawny. Book ahead.