Sarah and Denis Round the World travel blog

Sarah at Penfolds in Nuriootpa, Barossa Valley

The Kaiser Stuhl (pronounced Stool) adminstrative building next door

A fine hallway

A fine barrel display

Grapes are tipped into here to be separated from their stalks

Red grape juice is pumped into one of these that rotate to...

This ensures enough tannins and colour are transferred to the the juice

A second pressing of the grape skins is also done to extract...

Fermenting grape juice (we are on the top of a gangway looking...

After the juice has finished fermenting it is pumped off leaving the...

Which have to be emptied by hand (or rather rake)

Each one of these is used to produce red wine

Each barrel holds 250 litres, the wood store has 55,000 (the largest...

They even have their own team of coopers on site

We were given a demo of how they repair barrells (forgot to...

Yum, yum wouldn't mind taking one of these home

Filling the barrells for maturation

Young man there's no need to feel down

Sarah smelling the fine aroma

Denis hiding behind a rather large spitoon

We then had to cycle 7km back (past lots and lots of...

Outside Seppelt's the next morning

The Seppelt family mausoleum on the hill nearby

There's grapes in them there hills

Another one to add to our hire car photo collection

Bethany wines on the eastern edge of the Barossa

The Barossa Valley (left)

The Barossa Valley (right)

Wine production in the quarry winery at Bethany is on a much,...

We picked up our hire car and promptly drove to the Barossa Valley, about an hour north-east of Adelaide. After checking into the caravan park at Tanunda we cycled 7 km up the road to visit another one of Sarah's wineries from her last job. This was fantastic as it was still harvest time and grapes had been delivered that morning and fermentation and pressing was well under way. Then there was lots of tasting. Quality.

In the morning we had a quick drive to see another place that was owned by Sarah's old company - Seppelts - but unfortunately the cellar door was not open yet so no tastings to be had. BUT there were tastings to be had a little further down the road at Bethany Wines - we had had a tip to visit there by Sarah's old boss and we weren't disappointed. It was then time for a quick 6 hour drive down the road to Coonawarra for last planned wine visit at Wynns. Still solid.

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