When Michael stumbled across a run down cottage on Neldner Road way back in the early days of Two Hands, little did he know that Marananga would become a hub of hedonistic delights 20 years later!!
Marananga, the gorgeous little hamlet we call home has had a long and interesting history.
Like much of Barossa, it was originally settled by Silesian Lutherans, fleeing religious persecution in the mid 1800s. This Lutheran Heritage is evident today with St Michael’s Church still standing proudly overlooking ‘Gnadenfrei’, which is what Marananga was originally called by it’s German settlers. During the Great War, the State Parliament of South Australia decided that all geographical names of a German sounding nature should be changed and thus, Gnadenfrei became Marananga – A name derived from a tribe in ‘Overland Corner’ in the Riverland region of South Australia. The name means ‘My Hands’ and refers to the drawing of water from a well, by ‘my hands’!
Today, you could spend an entire day exploring Marananga:
You could begin your stay at The Louise – a luxurious hotel with stunning views and dine at their award-winning restaurant Appellation. Wake up and enjoy breakfast with the Kangaroos, then be collected by a Two Hands Ambassador for a Flagship Vineyard Experience where you’re whisked to 3 of our most prized vineyards and taste while standing in the vineyards from which they are made, learning and immersing yourself in viticulture and Barossa history. You’re then transported back to Marananga for a tasting of our Flagship Wines, followed by a sumptuous lunch, prepared by a renowned local chef. After lunch, we drop you back to The Louise for a rest, and then you can wander along Seppeltsfield Road for an aperitif to the new kid on the block ‘Seppeltsfield Road Distillers’.
If you don’t feel like immersing yourself in viticulture and luxury, and prefer to be low-key – Stay in the other new addition to Marananga The Villas – Barossa – self contained, environmentally sensitive cottages perched amongst the bush! You can take a short stroll on Tuesday evenings to watch the venerated Marananga Brass Brand practice – the band has been playing in some form since the early 1900s. Wander further up the hill to visit other neighbouring wineries, a beer stein museum and rumoured to appear in the next 12 months, an artisan cheese monger! As always, we invite you to enjoy a tasting, followed by a platter and a glass of your favourite wine on the Two Hands Deck in the afternoon sun.
We’re delighted to be part of this peaceful gem, steeped in much Barossa history– so much so, we named our ‘Uber-Premium’ Shiraz ‘My Hands’ as a nod to the place we call home.