Disclaimer: I am not an expert in wine. My views of the wines and cellar doors are based on my personal experience. It’s mostly on my interaction with the staff and owners.
Let’s start of with the interesting history…
“In 1850, Joseph Seppelt, an emigrant of Silesia, purchased 158 acres of land in the Hundred of Nuriootpa from Hermann Kook, farmer of Tanunda, at £1 an acre. Designating it ‘Seppeltsfield’, Joseph’s original intention was to farm tobacco, with later Seppelt generations concentrating the estate’s efforts on grape growing and winemaking.
The family’s business grew rapidly in the late 1800s, feeding demand from England for wines and spirits out of ’imperial preference’, as well as the supply of medicinal Brandy to Australian hospitals.
Seppeltsfield flourished into the 20th century, as part of the Seppelt family’s expanding interests in the liquor industry, which grew to include vineyards and wineries across various Australian regions. Along with wine, the Seppelt stable included spirits such as Brandy, Gin and Vermouth, as well as an assortment of cordials, vinegars and essences.
Regarded as one of Australia’s most successful wine dynasties, the Seppelt family maintained ownership of their wine interests, including Seppeltsfield, until 1985. B Seppelt & Sons, as it was then known, went on to evolve into a period of corporate ownership which extended nearly three decades.
The estate returned to private ownership in 2007, now under the custodianship of proprietor Warren Randall – a qualified viticulturist and winemaker who worked for the Seppelt family during the 1980s. The estate is viewed by Warren as a custodianship of the Seppelt family legacy.”
Though we didn’t get any wines here, the staff was really very friendly and helpful. She gave us lots of good recommendation of the wineries around the area. Other than the friendly staff, the scenery here was stunning. We came at the right season and were blessed by good weather.
Look how pretty this wall of red autumn leaves look
A vintage Jaguar
Since it was almost lunch time, we decided to stay for our lunch at Fino. The menu is very interesting, it reflects a progression in flavour from lighter to more robust. The dishes are smaller than a main course and is designed to be shared. Sounds prefect for us, we were so stuffed from all the wine tasting.
Our lunch, a combination of starters and a chocolate moose cake
Website: Seppeltsfield Wines
Opening Hours: 10:30am to 5pm, 7 days a week. Closed on Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Years Day.