Australia's original wine tourism event, the Barossa Vintage Festival is almost upon us. But this is much more than a wine festival, it's a celebration of all things Barossa.
Whether you want to try some of the sumptious Shiraz, try your hand at grape treading or perhaps peruse the markets for some spectacular hand-made produce, the Barossa Comes Home event will be the perfect taste of the festival you are looking for.
It's the end of vintage: the grapes are crushed, the Harvest is done and among the 750 grape growing families of the Barossa Valley, it's time to get together and celebrate. Or if you've been away, it's your very own Welcome Home Party – and a rich celebration of all things Barossan.
Set on the Tanunda Oval, Barossa Comes Home is an open-house picnic, where locals invite the rest of the world in to taste the fruits of their toils and the loves of their labour. And in 2015, there's a lot!
Special features include grape treading, a market bazaar, children's entertainment (including a bouncy castle and merry-go-round), the Bund der Bayern German Dance Club and other local brass bands, and over 30 wineries from the region – all available for your tasting pleasure.
As for food, strictly Barossa-only food producers will be on show, including ShuAm Pork, Hutton Vale Lamb, Barossa Valley Cheese and lots more including vegetarian options.
Entry for the event is $15 per adult, with children under 18 years free. Included in your entry will be the outdoor tasting glass (plastic GoVino, valued at $5) and 5 x wine tasting tickets, each valued at $2. Further tasting tickets can be purchased or people can buy by the glass or bottle direct from the wineries.
A special note, there is NO BYO alcohol or glass into the oval.
For more information on the Barossa Vintage Festival visit barossavintagefestival.com.au