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Welcome to the spring edition

 

Hello spring, hello readers. 

After another cold and gloomy winter, we now welcome the cozy spring sunshine, increased daylight hours and of course the new edition of The Barossa Mag!

The Barossa Mag is a celebration of local stories that aim to uplift, inform and inspire.

This is a theme I believe is more important than ever. 

Despite all of the isolation in the past six months, I believe our beautiful region is more connected than ever. We’ve truly done a remarkable job.

I am so proud to be a local and so should you. 

But what defines a local? Ask this question to any “Barossan” and I guarantee that you will receive conflicting responses.

Personally, my family has resided in the Valley for generations, but are these the stats that really matter? 

The 2020 Winemaker of the year, Stuart Bourne, provides his definition of ‘a Barossa Local.’ 

“It’s not about how many years or generations you’ve been here, it’s where your heart lies.”

Described by the Barons of the Barossa as “one of our region’s most articulate advocates,” Stuart has a genuine understanding of our region and his story on page 18 is celebrated with a cracking front page shot, captured so perfectly well by John Krüger. 

Carving her own niche in food and hospitality, Elli Beer’s story is simply inspiring. It could be considered that Elli enjoyed an un-conventional childhood that helped to teach her the life skills that are hard to replicate in a classroom. She is humble, but proud of what she’s created and rightfully so.  

Following the strong theme of community, in this issue we also un-earth the creative talent of local artist, Lee Teusner.  Lee’s sharing her special gift and helping to inspire others through her painting workshops.
She is simply helping to put some colour in our life.

Of course, this edition is packed full of other stories that I know you’re going to love. We also welcome some new contributors as well as the regulars that you’ve come to enjoy.

Be inspired by the places we go and the people we meet in the Spring issue The Barossa Mag. It’s so good to share your company again.
 

Darren Robinson
The Barossa Mag 

UPCOMING EVENTS
CARS AND COFFEE
OCTOBER & NOVEMBER  |  NURIOOTPA

Amazing cars and quality coffee by Bean Addiction Artisan Coffee Roasters and Barossa Bean Bar - Pop up cafe. All makes, models & years of vehicles welcome. More details here
ADORNMENT ARTISANS CHRISTMAS MARKET
NOVEMBER 28 | TANUNDA

With an emphasis on hand-made products including jewellery, textiles, fashion, homewares, ceramics, art and crafts, this is one you dont want to miss! Further details here

YOUTH BAROSSA NETWORKING EVENT
NOVEMBER 3 | ONLINE

An online opportunity for interested community members and associations to join with youth organisations, schools, community groups and  not-for-profits to discover what is happening for youth in the Barossa Region. Find out more

COMMUNITY NEWS
VINTAGE FESTIVAL WILL BE OUR SILVER LINING

The 2021 Barossa Vintage Festival is being touted as the ‘silver lining for the region’s road to recovery after what has been an incredibly tough and trying year.

Full article here

PICTURED >>  Justine, Andreas, and Stephen Henschke; Henschkeís senior winemaker, Paul Hampton; Prue Henschke; Eperosa winemaker, Brett Grocke; Brothers at War winemaker, Angus Wardlaw; and Seppeltsfield chief winemaker, Fiona Donald celebrate their achievements in the 2021 Halliday Wine Companion Awards.

BAROSSA WELL REPRESENTED AT HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION AWARDS

Last month Keyneton winery, Henschke was announced as the 2021 Winery of the Year in the Halliday Wine Companion Awards.

Brett Grocke of Eperosa in Tanunda, was named as Winemaker of the Year.

Among the 2021 varietal winners were Eden Valley’s 2018 Brothers at War Single Vineyard Grenache, which scored 99 points in the Grenache and Blends category.

The 1920 Seppeltsfield 100-year-old Para Liqueur secured Seppeltsfield’s 14th year in a row of earning top honour in the Fortified category
with 100 points.

With two out of the six major awards and two from the 16 varietal winners hailing from the region this year, the Barossa was well represented, particularly during a year that recorded yields down by 60-70 percent.

COUNCIL UPDATE
LYNDOCH OVAL TO BOAST NEW SPORTS FACILITIES

Lyndoch Oval is set to become a premier Barossa sporting venue with a $660,000 investment in LED lighting, oval upgrade and four new cricket nets. Further details here.

NEW LOOK FOR TANUNDA SHOW HALL

Following a $1.7 million re-development of Tanunda Show Hall as part of The Big Project, it is now the Barossa’s largest undercover events venue. Further details here.

MOUNT PLEASANT SPORTS HUB INVESTMENT

Mount Pleasant tennis and netball clubs will benefit from a $525,000 investment in sports flood lighting and upgrade to six full size courts at Old Talunga Park as part of The Big Project. Further details here.

PARTNER OPINION

WITH THE CHANGE IN SEASONS, WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS SPRING?

I always look forward to Spring as it signals that Winter is finally coming to an end and that Summer is just around the corner.

I love the warmth of the days, the blossom on the trees and the time that we all get to spend in our gardens and doing more outdoor activities with family and friends.

Spring also signals the excitement I feel as we begin our busiest time of the year listing and selling houses and helping people to transition from one home into another.

Sara La Nauze, Director/Sales Consultant
Marx Real Estate, Barossa Valley

FEATURE STORIES

THE ARTICULATE ADVOCATE

Everyone’s got a story to tell; Stuey Bourne probably more than most.

With a colourful yarn that would fit nicely in the latest Barossa campaign, Find Your Place in Our Story, Stuey describes how he landed at Barossa Valley Estate as a “blow-in” winemaker almost 20 years ago.

Find the full feature story here

BAREFOOT BEGINNGS

Elli Beer talks about her love of food, family and the celebrity chef in her life who’s only ever been “mum”.

Find the full feature story here

PAINTING A PICTURE OF EMPOWERMENT

We are Divas, Warriors, Mothers, Magicians and Lovers.

We are unique and we are the same.

We all laugh, cry, love and we have wins as well as regrets. We all play up a bit now and then and we all need time to rest.

Yet, until we can accept and acknowledge all that we are, and our place in the world, can we be at peace?

Find Lee Teusner's full story here

FILLING THEIR CUP

To create amazing things, progressive educator, Steve Valentine knows there’s much more to learning than just worksheets.

Find the full feature story here

LIVING THEIR BEST LIFE
BAROSSA COMMUNITY OPTIONS IS CREATING OPPORTUNITIES

Walk into Nuriootpa’s Barossa Community Options on any given day of the week and you’ll see smiles, hear laughter and witness a wealth of learning as participants go about their lives.

Read the full article here

A WILLING EAR AND AN OPEN HEART
JACKI HAS FOUND HER CALLING

A small carved angel with the words, “Always here, listening with a willing ear and an open heart,” sits atop Jacki Henschke’s bookshelf amid a collection of text books, cards and other treasures she says inspire her every day.

Read the full article here

THE DAIRYMAN BAROSSA
MICHAEL WOHLSTADT

A ‘mostly’ portrait and ‘brief’ interview series exploring the idea that one image has the power to tell the whole story. 

Each ‘sitter’ suggests the next person to be photographed in this series, and thus ensues an interesting and unknown trail of Barossa identities to come. 

Read the full article here

RECIPES
BAKED CAMEMBERT PITHIVIER
RECIPE BY CLAIRE WOOD  |  CAREME PASTRY

This simple, yet drool-worthy recipe is the perfect dish for whipping up when unexpected guests arrive. Ooey, gooey Barossa Valley camembert cheese is enveloped in flaky butter puff pastry to create a beautiful French-inspired dish you can serve with a simple salad and fresh baguette.

Full Recipe here

BLOOD OF THE MATRIARCH
RECIPE BY GEOFFREY HUNT  |  THREE75 BAR + KITCHEN

Shaken together and served straight up or on the rocks, this cocktail captures the Barossa Spring perfectly. I’ve named this cocktail in honour of someone I consider to be of significant import in the Barossa, and who’s well known for (allegedly) having Semillon for blood.

Full recipe here

CINNAMON & HONEY TOASTED MUESLI
RECIPE BY SUZANNAH SMART  |  SMART DIETETICS

This muesli is high in protein and fibre and low in sugar; whilst still being crunchy and so tasty. Top with fresh fruit and Greek yoghurt (or a dairy free alternative) for a filling, healthy low-GI breakfast.

Full Recipe here

WINE
Z IS FOR ZERK

In the words of Eurythmics’ song, “Sisters are doin’ it for themselves”, Janelle and Kristen Zerk are indeed “standin’ on their own two feet” as pioneers of a wine brand that is capturing high acclaim from Australia’s most renowned critics.

Read the full article here

WINE REVIEWS WITH TYSON STELZER
20 BAROSSA WINES FOR SPRING

Discover some true Barossa gems that are sure to please this season.

Full reviews here

BAROSSA WEDDINGS
AMANDA & JOHN'S WEDDING

Amanda and Johnny’s love of cruising brought them together when they met on the Emerald Princess cruise ship three years ago.

Editorial and Photo Gallery here

CANDICE & STEVEN'S WEDDING

A surprise weekend to Sydney organised by Steven led to him proposing to Candice over dinner at the Bennelong Restaurant at the Sydney Opera House.

Editorial and Photo Gallery here

REGULAR COLUMNS
TIME TO GET OUT IN THE GARDEN

Spring is a great time to get outside in your garden and feel good about life.

Kristee Semmler share her tips to improve your garden here

HELLO SPRING, HELLO HOMEWARES

It’s time to pack away those heavy rugs and dark cushions, and instead, pull out beautiful pastel throws and vibrant table ware.

Donna O'Neil gives her ideas on how to keep your hone looking bright and fresh inside the home.

THE WILLOWS HOSPITAL AT LIGHT PASS

Johann Gottfried Scholz arrived in SA in 1845 and settled at Light Pass.  He was renowned for his ‘bone setting’ skills that he had learnt in the Prussian army.

Find Luke Rothe's full article here

A HIDDEN SECRET IN EVERY STATE

From private islands to extraordinary bush experiences, this list will have you planning that Australian getaway before you even reach the bottom of the page. 

Find Laura Martino's top tips here

TIME TO PACK THE BAROSSA PICNIC BASKET

I love the views and vistas of this valley – the back roads and dirt tracks and favourite old trees and familiar picnic spots and the way you can find a connection with something much bigger than yourself while out on a bushwalk. 

Find Jess Greatwich's full article here

CAN MY DOG GIVE ME WORMS?

Catherine Harper of Barossa Veterinary Clinic discusses the importance of keeping our pets up-to-date with their worming.

Find the full article here

THE CULTURE OF CARING

There’s something special about walking into the Angaston and Nuriootpa Anytime Fitness clubs that can’t quite be put into words.

It’s a feeling.

Full article here

SEVEN ANCIENT WONDERS
BOOK REVIEW BY TODD KUCHEL

"I can pick up his novels with a few spare minutes or be enthused to read one more paragraph and another and another before rolling over to sleep."

Find Todd's full review here

RECLAIM YOUR BLISS

Who doesn’t need a bit of down time now and then? Try these seven ideas to send stress packing and find your calm in our new world.

Find Lee's full article here

SPONSORED POST
HAVE YOU HEARD THE GOOD NEWS?

Trust, care and understanding is what you're greeted with when you walk through the door at Ron Kendall Audiology.

For well over 30 years, Ron Kendall has assisted the community’s hearing needs and recently two new clinicians have joined the team to share the role and provide further support where it’s needed. 

Find out more via their latest blog.
SPONSORED POST
SUPPORT, SAFETY & SECURITY IS KEY

Barossa Village continues to provide support, care and accommodation for older people in our community during these challenging times.

Find out more via their latest blog.

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