We are lucky enough to live and work in one of Australia’s most iconic wine regions and it is renowned for not only its world-class wine, but also its food, and hospitality. The 75th Barossa Vintage Festival is one of the most anticipated events of the year, attracting visitors from all over the world. This year marks the 75th festival and it promises to be bigger and better than ever before, with a range of exciting events scheduled to take place over the next few days.
Here is a our guide to some events that you should consider attending during the Barossa Vintage Festival.
The best place to plan your day is at the Barossa Vintage Festival Hub, located at the region’s Visitor Information Centre in Tanunda. It promises to be the beating heart of the 75th Anniversary celebrations this year. Under the creative direction of Festival Director Ruth Blythman, the hub showcases the very best of the Barossa’s rich wine-making heritage, with a stunning pop-up bar featuring Seppeltsfield Road Distillery Gin, Tomfoolery and Rieslingfreak Wines and Lord Nelson Beer. The Vintage Festival Special Edition Gin takes centre stage, with expert bartenders crafting Vintage Queen cocktails, while a carefully selected range of wines showcases the region’s unique character.
‘I see you like this’ by artist Jessica Wilson is an interactive photo studio event, pairing child and guardian in an experience that turns the camera back and allows children to see their adults as subjects through the lens of their own imagination. Presented by Jacob’s Creek at their cellar door, this unique and fun art installation is sure to be a hit with the whole family.
The Vintage Festival Parade is one of the highlights of the festival, and it’s not to be missed. The parade features vintage cars, marching bands, and floats, and is a fantastic way to kick off the festival. This year’s parade will be held on Saturday, April 22nd, and is free to attend.
HISTORY & COMMUNITY
Are you looking for an exciting and unique way to explore the beautiful Barossa Valley? Hop in the car with your mates or hit the bike trails with your family and get ready for an adventure like no other!
As you wind your way through the picturesque region, keep an eye out for the beloved Barossa scarecrows, which have become a true symbol of the Barossa Vintage season. These charming and whimsical characters can be found all over the region, from fields and cellar doors to shops and front yards, each one more creative and delightful than the last.
The Barossa Vintage Festival Trail connects you with the origins of the festival through a journey of wine, food, arts and heritage. Download the Heritage Trail app and learn about the Vintage Ambassadors, Festival Queens and enjoy a series of films and photographs at Nuriootpa Library.
Join Chef Tim Bourke at the Farm Eatery Cooking School for a Friday cooking class and learn the art of bread, cheese and butter making. Yum!
Or, get all dressed up for the Vintage Festival Ball where the Young Ambassadors for 2023 will be announced. This black tie event features a three-course dinner by Owen Andrews, live entertainment and oof course award winning wines from Seppeltsfield.
The Barossa Wine Auction is an event not to be missed for wine lovers. This year’s auction will feature over 140 lots of unique and rare Barossa wines, including old vintages, rare varieties, and limited edition releases. The auction will be held on Thursday, April 20th, and is a ticketed event.
Enjoy the Sunset on Seppeltsfield Rd on Friday evening with over 20 wineries, distilleries and food vendors overlooking the vineyards on the Avenue of Hopes and Dreams, on of the Barossa’s most iconic places.
Join the Two Hands team for an exclusive look at the entire Two Hands portfolio in the stunning Barossa Cellar. Owners Michael & Pierre will guide you through our range of wines as we share our love for all things Shiraz and beyond. Tickets available here.
And when you just want wind down after a busy few days head Turkey Flat Vineyards for The Secret Garden Party. The party will be held on Sunday, April 23rd, and will feature live music, garden games, and plenty of delicious food and wine. Tickets are limited, so be sure to book early.