05 Dec Our favourite hidden gems
With over 150 wineries in the Barossa, visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to cellar doors. And though we love the big Barossa icons, we also love unearthing smaller hidden gems and sharing these with our guests. Here’s a few of our recent discoveries.
Located in the old Schulz family butchers shop on the edge of Tanunda, this gorgeous cellar door offers several tasting flights including current and museum vintages. Our favourites include the Turkey Flat Rose, ideal for summer drinking, and the Butcher’s Block Shiraz – a lighter-style red that’s designed to drink now. They also offer platters with cheese, charcuterie, local sourdough and other goodies.
Unassuming from the road, step inside and you’ll find a Barossa gem that has everyone talking. Damien and Eva Tscharke have created a welcoming and unique cellar door, complete with beautiful Red Gum tasting bench and table. Upstairs you’ll find Tscharke Barossa Pottery, with all pieces handmade by Eva. Be sure to check out their Mediterranean varietals, including Tempranillo and Montepulciano.
In Greenock you’ll find the oldest certified organic and biodynamic vineyard in the Barossa. Kalleske’s fully organic range includes old vine Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache, but they also produce some less-known varieties like Zinfandel and Tempranillo. Choose a bottle to enjoy in the garden with a regional platter, or take the Kalleske Tasting Experience – a selection of regional produce matched with six wines. There’s also a family-friendly grassed area with games and picnic rugs.
Head to the neighbouring Eden Valley region, 15 kilometres south-east of Angaston, to discover Brokenchack’s historic cellar door open only on weekends. Enjoy a complimentary wine flight of their boutique, handcrafted wines and have a chat to the owners, Trevor and Marilyn. We love the Riesling made from vines planted in the late 1800s, and the Shiraz that dates back to 1927.
Burge Family Winemakers
If you’re looking for premium, estate-grown Shiraz, Grenache and Semillon, then head to this small winery within walking distance of Barossa Shiraz Estate. Established in 1928, current owner and winemaker Rick Burge’s winemaking philosophy is minimal intervention and the grapes are dry-grown with no fungicides, insecticides or synthetic fertilisers. It’s open Monday and Thursday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm.