The Barossa Mag - 25 - Summer 2022

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SUMMER 2022/23 | FREE
The Trotta family values
Beautifying the Barossa
Table tennis is bouncing back
The BRS Team: Nick Anderson, Lisa Akeroyd, Tiffany
White, Heidi Alcorn, Tamara Taylor & Simone Askew


Darren Robinson


Jordan Stollznow


Tony Robinson


Catherine Harper

Bec Henderson

Heidi Helbig

Kristee Semmler

Suzannah Smart

Lee Teusner

Luke Rothe

Claire Wood

Todd Kuchel

Nikita Skuse

Chelsea Filmer

Alicia-Lüdi Schutz

Tyson Stelzer

Krista Wohlstadt


Ashleigh Seedsman

Matthew Webster

Ruby Schutz

Georgina Mollet


John Krüger

Pete Thornton

Sam Kroepsch

Gretel Mead

Charmaine Grieger

Alicia-Lüdi Schutz


Peter Robinson

Paul Graue

Robert Moore

Darren Robinson Jordan Stollznow

Welcome to the summer edition of The Barossa Mag

It really is amazing what people can achieve when they come together for a greater purpose.

Whether it’s their burning desire, a particular skill, care for the community or simply a family focus, it’s the connections created that have a lasting effect on us all.

It doesn’t matter where you look, there are people all around that are helping to bring us together in their own way.

Welcome to the Summer edition of the magazine. A celebration of stories that highlight the hard work and dedication each has to their craft and community.

Paying it forward is a way of life for Wendy Trotta with family and community connection the recipe for local success.

We introduce you to the Angaston Garden Society. A group of volunteers who value friendship, outdoor activities and the personal satisfaction of a job well done.

With an increase of homelessness in our local area, we shine a light on the amazing efforts underway by local community groups and businesses to address this issue.

We meet a group of individuals serving up the sport of table tennis to young and old. With strong interest in the game locally, we find out what’s driving growth in this socially active pastime.

We sit down Peter Ruchs and Kristal Spencer of Winestains. Using recycled timber from barrels, this father and daughter team is providing a second chance at life through their artisan made timber grazing boards and picnic products.

As the holiday season approaches, make sure you carve out some time to stop, relax and take in the very best of what our Barossa has to offer.

Wishing you all a wonderful summer full of happiness, fun, family and friends.

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That saying ‘a picture tells a thousand words’ always seemed pretty clever to Pete. He always hated writing 1000 word essays at Uni – so photography it was for this guy! 12 years in as a pro photographer, Pete loves working with a story, and getting the best out of people to create unique, artful images.


As an avid reader and film fanatic, Todd is a freelance writer with an appreciation for storytelling. From articles and reviews, to his own creative writing, Todd prides himself on the finest details.


Proud to be a grapegrower’s daughter, Alicia enjoys telling the stories of those who shape the region whilst adding to the Valley’s rich cultural tapestry as a brass musician.


In a career spanning print media, communications strategy and public relations, Heidi’s passion for storytelling has never wavered. Away from the desk she watches the seasons change in a small patch of century-old Grenache and tries to satisfy the enquiring minds of the little people in her life.


With Barossa connections dating back to the settling of Hoffnungsthal, John Krüger has been shooting as a freelance photographer around South Australia for the last 17 years. His favourite subjects are amazing food and interesting people. John loves positive stories as well as how his photos can bring them to life.


What started as a hobby in the early 2000s, Sam found that his passion for taking photo’s was only the beginning. Sam now focuses mainly on Commercial and Bottle Photography as well as capturing people’s special moments. Away from the camera Sam enjoys water sports and exploring the country side, usually with a camera close by!


Nikita has been writing since her departure from the womb and now works as a communications officer and freelance journalist. As a writer, she loves delving into the nitty-gritty bits of gender, sexuality and culture to make people just uncomfortable enough to challenge their perceptions. You can read more of Nikita’s work via her website.

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Lyndoch is set to host the Stockman 1857 Barossa Timed Event Rodeo on Saturday, December 17, from 12.30 p.m. at Barossa Helicopters, 261 Hoffnungsthal Road, Lyndoch.

Gear up for a day of fun, with cattle roping, barrel racing and live

entertainment scheduled throughout the afternoon.

Food will be available from local food vans and beverages by Dash for Cash.

Tickets can be pre-purchased online and will not be available for sale at the gate.

The Barossa will again host the Santos Tour Down Under men’s race in 2023, marking the return of international cycling to South Australia.

Santos Tour Down Under Race Director, Stuart O’Grady OAM said the Ziptrak Stage 1 on Wednesday, January 18 will feature a Tanunda start and finish.

“Ziptrak Stage 1 of the 2023 Santos Tour Down Under men’s race is all about the beautiful Barossa,” he said. “Tanunda will host the stage start

and finish – plus both its sprints –with the peloton also due to tackle four ascents of Menglers Hill. Two of these will offer king of the mountain’s points.

“Fans are invited to settle in as the world’s best cyclists travel through the region. Expect a blistering sprint finish along Tanunda’s Murray Street –the first from this direction in Santos Tour Down Under history.”

The UCI World Tour event will be held in Adelaide and regional South Australia from January 13 to 22, 2023.

Celebrate the festive season and stock up on the freshest produce, meat, dairy, wine and other delectable treats for your Christmas feast at the Twilight Christmas Markets.

Open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, December 22, the market will have an abundance of food,

drinks, stalls, music and fun for the children too with a special visit from Santa Claus himself.

So whether you’re shopping for a last minute gift or stocking up for Christmas Day celebrations, there’ll be something for you here.

Kellermeister Wines is hosting Christmas & New Year Twilight Tastings from Monday, December 26 to Sunday, January 1.

The event will run from 9.30 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day at Kellermeister Cellar Door, 1561 Barossa Valley Way, Lyndoch.

Kellermeister’s broad range of awardwinning wines, apple cider and beer will be available alongside delicious food from the Bearded Cook food truck.

Attendees will also be able to enjoy live music in the afternoon by Cloudy Davey, Jamie Stella One Studios and Luka Poulain.

The rumble of hotted up engines and the sight of polished chrome and coloured duco will once again thrill thousands of onlookers at the Valley Hot Rodders 30th Cruise On on Saturday, January 21 from 5 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.

The free public event will be held in Tanunda, with registered participants and fellow pre-1970 hot rod and custom vehicle owners showing off their vehicles along Murray Street for

all to see.

Rock ‘n’ Roll dancers, live bands, food trucks from local vendors and charity stalls will also be available on the evening, making it a fun filled night for the whole family.

This year will mark the 30th anniversary of Cruise On and the 50th anniversary of the Valley Hot Rodders, an occasion to certainly celebrate!


It’s time to prepare yourself for bucking good time! The Marrabel Bull Ride is back for 2023.

Attendees will get the opportunity to witness the ultimate battle, Man

vs Bull, at Waterloo Wind Farm on Saturday, February 11.

The schedule for the event is yet to be confirmed.


After a year off, the Tanunda Show is back and better than ever!

Join locals on Saturday, March 11 from 9 a.m. at the Tanunda Recreation Park for a fun filled day, perfect for the whole family.

The 2023 show will feature the return of all events, including community favourites, the pickled cucumbers,

pickled onions, German yeast cake and the men’s chocolate cake competitions.

Rides will also be returning, alongside livestock competitions which are always popular amongst attendees.

So rally up the troops and get down to the Tanunda Show in 2023.

The 2023 Gawler Fringe programme is once again jam-packed with a range of fantastic entertainment!

The Opening Event in Walker Place (Friday, February 17), will showcase local musos and performers, in a relaxed family-friendly environment. So join us in the heart of Gawler for a whole heap of fun and Fringe festivities!

This will be followed by a huge variety of shows, events and activities taking place at the Gawler Civic Centre and around the town for the entirety of the Adelaide Fringe month.

Right across the month of Fringe you can look forward to heaps of live music, lots of comedy, film, cabaret, children’s and family shows, quiz night, Fringe in the Park, Nunga Fringe performances and activities, the Gawler Fringe Art Exhibition, workshops, demonstrations and more!

Keep an eye out for the full Gawler Fringe programme to be released in early 2023.

There is sure to be something for every member of the family.



Set against the picturesque Autumnal Barossa and Eden Valley, the Barossa Vintage Festival is not something to be missed.

Running from Wednesday, April 19 to Sunday, April 23, the festival is an opportunity for the Barossa to showcase all it has to offer and celebrate the post-vintage harvest.

From food and wine, to arts, exploration, heritage and community,

there really is something for everyone.

The 2023 theme, ‘OLD ROOTS, NEW WAYS’, honours the event’s history on its 75th anniversary, whilst also looking into the future with enthusiasm.

The event is set to attract more than 70,000 people to the region, with expected tourism revenue of up to $11.7 million.

It’s time to throw on your Blue Suede Shoes because Elvis is coming to Tanunda!

Strap in for a night of singing and dancing as star performer, Mark Anthony, presents an exceptionally dynamic Elvis tribute that exudes the

raw energy and true essence of The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

The event will be hosted by Barossa Area Fundraisers for Cancer Inc at the Brenton Langbein Theatre on Saturday, February 25 from 8 p.m.

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Your backstage

Upon arrival at 375 Seppettsfield Road, Stonewell Road, Marananga, you instantly feel like a VIP with an exclusive backstage pass to the very best of the Barossa.

Fresh from a glamover, Baillie Lodges’ luxury accommodation, The Louise boasts new intimate spaces, glamorous décor and elegant curves, seamlessly connecting the exquisite areas throughout the property.

“We are all about indulgent luxury, but whilst there is that element of sophistication, you don’t feel out of place. It has a relaxed feel,” said Hannah McGregor, Assistant Lodge Manager.

At the heart of the building features the ‘Wine Lantern’, a glowing, lantern-shaped glass room filled floor-to-ceiling with the best wines of the Barossa region.

“Our Wine Lantern is a stunning new addition to the property.”

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Upon arrival, guests have that immediate sense of exclusivity, and what The Louise experience is all about,” said Hannah.

Down the corridor from the award-winning Appellation restaurant, the former three75 bar and kitchen has also acquired a facelift.

The new ‘Contour’ dining experience will soon be open to locals, and the team look forward to welcoming back the community with open arms.

But The Louise is much more than luxury accommodation. It’s an all-encompassing experience.

You are treated as if you are a long-lost friend, and the team partners with local businesses to connect guests with parts of the Barossa they may not have access to otherwise.

“We reach out to our guests before their stay, explore what they want from their visit, and then curate a unique and truly unforgettable experience just for them,” said Hannah.


Set in the heart of the Barossa, The Louise is a luxurious base for guests to explore the region’s wineries, cellar doors, restaurants and producers, art galleries, and nature walks.

“One of the most memorable experiences we created included a guided tour of the Jam Factory with leading artist and milliner Julie Fleming, followed by lunch at award-winning Fino at Seppeltsfield.

“It was so special for the guest to experience an exclusive tour and to meet the maker,” said Hannah.

“We also offer wellness experiences, one being our Breakfast with the Roos signature experience, an early morning adventure to the Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park, coffee in hand, to meet and greet our spectacular wildlife.”

Creating such exclusive experiences is due to the collaborative partnerships with their Barossan neighbours, including community farmers, winemakers and artists.

The Louise has developed a model that supports local businesses while sharing the rich behind-the-scenes stories that make the Barossa.

“We partner with local businesses such as Wonderground Art Gallery, artisan wine producer Tscharke Wines, Maggie Beer’s The Eatery and Coast and Co tours.

Private tours, cooking classes, and tastings in breathtaking underground cellars are all on offer,” said Hannah.

“If you give us full creative licence to curate your experience, expect the unexpected.”

Reservations Essential Visit email or call 02 9918 4355.

To make a dining reservation please book online or call 08 8562 2722.

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“We reach out to our guests before their stay, explore what they want from their visit, and then curate a unique and truly unforgettable experience just for them”
- Hannah McGregor


The Barossa’s very own Hentley Farm, has been awarded the prestigious Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy at the Melbourne Royal Wine Show for their 2021 Old Legend Grenache.

The single estate boutique winery in Seppeltsfield, was established in 1997 by Keith and Alison Hentschke, who had a vision to craft exceptional single estate wines from the Barossa Valley.

“We have long seen ourselves as the leading producers of Grenache and we are thrilled that the 2021 Old Legend Grenache was the recipient of the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy,” Keith said.

“We set ourselves a target to be the best

wine producer in Australia.

“This trophy is recognition of the dedication and hard work Andrew, Siobhan and our winemaking and viticulture teams put into making exceptional quality wines.”

For 60 years, the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy has been presented in recognition of services rendered to the advancement of the Australian Wine Industry.

In addition to winning the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy, the 2021 Old Legend Grenache also received the Best Grenache of the Show.

‘“We are very proud with the continued recognition we have received at the

largest and most respected wine shows in the country.

“To take home the Jimmy Watson Memorial is the epitome of success,” Hentley Farm Chief Winemaker, Mr Andrew Quin said.

“It brings me great excitement to share this remarkable win with our Hentley Farm team, the Barossa community and our members.”

For a long period of time, Grenache has been a work horse of the Barossa and the foundation variety for the region’s world renown fortified wines, the win showcasing the growing popularity of the Grenache as a single varietal.

When the grapes are crushed and the harvest is done, it’s time for a festival. Australia’s original wine tourism event, the Barossa Vintage Festival, officially announces its programme for 2023, showcasing 75+ events over 5 days including an interactive photo studio experience for families, shiraz and dumpling workshops, long lunches, scarecrow trails, and Australia’s premier regional wine auction.

Running from 19 – 23 April, welcome back old favourites, like Ziegenmarkt and The Vintage Festival Parade, or discover new favourites in the programme to share with family and friends. The Vintage Festival Ball will continue the region’s tradition of dressing up-to-the-nines to celebrate the vintage harvest and the Barossa’s Young Ambassador Programme, and back again in 2023 participants can explore the stunning vistas of the valley

in Punkt zu Punkt’s Heyson Trail Run.

Tickets are available online from December 9 at barossavintagefestival.

So, if you’re still searching for a Christmas gift for a friend, family member, or colleague, you can’t go wrong with tickets to the Barossa Vintage Festival. Encourage them to stay for the weekend, immersing themselves in the Barossa way of life.

A moment to remember for Hentley Farm!
Barossa Vintage Festival tickets on sale from December 9
Hentley Farm Chief Winemaker, Mr Andrew Quin and Winemaker, Siobhan Wigan with the ‘Jimmy’.

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previous exhibition ‘Fire the Cannon’ was a celebration of the Gawler Institute building. “The Institute was a bringing together of a progressive group of people who wanted to promote growth and development of the town of Gawler cultural and educational activities 150 years

‘Fire the Cannon’ was based on a person time having a cannon that was reportedly HMS Buffalo that was fired on the day the mail Gawler.”

Originally from London, Richard worked as a director in design and advertising agencies. moved to South Australia 16 years ago, ‘fell into’ his passion as an exhibition for museums, stately homes and tourist attractions.

For me personally, Summer, when the weather finally gets warmer, is the perfect time to spend outdoors whether it be gardening or socialising.

how to make that entertaining and educational for everyone.”

The up-coming exhibition ‘Golden Land – Food Production in Gawler’ will educate the community of the varied and complex history of food production in Gawler from the Kaurna community’s selfsufficient and sustainable life style to the industrial scale production of wheat, eggs, dairy and brewed beverages in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

It will be a fun and interactive exhibition with visitors able to experience kitchens from the 1880s, the 1920s, the 1950s and the 1980s complete with many objects that are no longer found in modern households.

It will be an opportunity for reminiscing about lifestyles past and also exploring how much time and effort went into providing meals for families.

based in Adelaide, he set up his business tic Creative’. Richard told The Barossa Mag his job.

Integrated Solar Energy now standard designs have always made use of our most abundant resource, the clever designs allowing light and fresh air to flow through our particularly living areas. Now we’ve taken our love affair with new levels. Because we’re so serious about sustainable living, homes have standard integrated solar power. Come and see range and discover easy living and a brighter future.

n design for museums is very diverse, you know what you are going to have to interpret,” “You suddenly have to immerse yourself into do research and come up with ideas on

Richard believes it is important to tell these stories and remind visitors that the Kaurna and other groups lived and managed the land.

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Loop de Loop in the Barossa

Celebrate ‘Barossa Loop de Loop’ when the Santos Tour Down Under men’s race returns to the region for Ziptrak Stage 1 on Wednesday, January 18, 2023.

Barossa Loop de Loop will be a celebration of everything that makes the Barossa unique!

Enjoy a vibrant street party atmosphere at two main street locations, featuring roving entertainment at the Tanunda Rotunda and family-friendly activations at Tanunda Town Square.

Live music, street performers, children’s activities and communityled performances will create a carnival atmosphere, set against the backdrop of exhilarating cycling action including five loops of Tanunda’s main street and a stage start and finish.

Authentic Barossa food and beverages will be available throughout the day, plus the chance to enjoy our Barossa culture and community.

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Prizes to be won for ‘best dressed’

It’s time to sign up for the Santos Best Dressed Town Competition!

Ziptrak Stage 1 covers 150 kilometres and takes in Tanunda, Greenock, Nuriootpa, Angaston and Bethany, so there’s no better time for the Barossa to shine!

The competition is open to all towns, schools, businesses and households along the race route with some great prizes on offer under the following categories:

• Santos Best Dressed Town.

• Santos Best Dressed Private Property.

• Santos Best Dressed Community or Business Venue.

Judges are looking for the best examples of community involvement, appearance, and innovation, with great prizes to be won.

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New app increases accessibility

Great new spaces to play

The smiles on the faces of Eli, Eleanor and Esther Falkous say it all!

They were among the first to try out the new play equipment at Queen Victoria Jubilee Park, Williamstown, including rope climbing, swings, bouldering and natural landscape elements. Existing mature trees and lawn

provide natural cooling, and we have also improved access between the barbecue and playground.

With over $120,000 in upgrades to local playgrounds in the past financial year, we’re committed to creating more opportunities for children to engage in safe, physical activity.

Do you have a venue that celebrates inclusion? One that makes those living with disabilities comfortable and confident to be in your space? Then download the Pavely app and register your service business in a state-wide initiative that is enhancing lives.

Created by the community for the community, the app makes it quick and easy for people with accessibility needs – and those close to them – to find places to go or things to see and do.

Penny and Mark Pfitzner, from the Barossa’s Disability and Access Inclusion Group, encourage

businesses to get onboard.

“Visitors especially will appreciate the app because they will be able to look up the features of different businesses and know exactly what they are going to expect when they get there,” Penny says.

“Another feature of the app is when people have visited these places, they can put a comment in and I think that is going to be valuable information for people as well,” adds Mark.

The Pavely app is available to download now from the App Store and Google Play.


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Nibble proof plants

How lucky are we to live in such a beautiful region like the Barossa.

Surrounded by vineyards, hills, farmland and native scrub, our Barossa towns get to enjoy the best of country living.

Often, this country living means sharing our gardens with the local wildlife, even if sometimes, that wildlife isn’t always invited.

Gardening can be difficult when faced with hungry rabbits, possums and kangaroos who enjoy eating our favourite garden plants.

These animals may be lovely to look at and have cute little faces. However, they can also have big appetites which include enjoying our well tended garden plants and can do a lot of damage.

With the right plant selection though, combined with physical barriers, we can happily co-exist with these animals, while hopefully enjoying a nibble proof garden.

Just like human tastes, animals like rabbits, kangaroos and possums enjoy the taste of some plants more than others.

For example, rabbits and possums both love the fresh buds and shoots on roses and petunias.

If your garden is frequented by these hungry animals there are certain plants they dislike the taste and smell of and will avoid eating which may be worth planting in your garden.

Highly fragrant plants such as Rosemary, lavender, catmint and geraniums are generally left alone.

Other great garden plant options that grow well in our climate and that these animals generally avoid eating include: Salvias, Agapanthus, Diosmas, Aloes, Nandinas, Conifers, Rock Rose (Cistus), Wild Iris (Dieties), Oyster Plant (Acanthus), Butterfly bush (Buddleias), Spireas and many more.

If you have an Australian native garden, there are many native plant species that kangaroos, possums and rabbits also tend to avoid.

Once again, native plants with highly fragrant foliage such as Prostanthera (native mint), Eremophilas, Myoporum and Philothecas are found to be unpalatable. They will also tend to avoid plants that have spiked, hairy or sticky foliage such as some types of Acacias, Chrysocephalum, and some tea tree varieties.

Possums and rabbits love veggie gardens

and orchards and the food they produce.

The best way to protect your edible garden is to use a physical barrier.

On fruit trees, bird netting works well to keep possums (and birds) from eating the fruit.

Rabbits and hares are well known to ringbark or strip the bark off of fruit trees and trees which can result in tree death.

The best way to combat this is a 60cm high wire mesh barrier around the trunk.

In a vegetable garden, raised beds will help keep rabbits from reaching your crops.

However, a raised bed won’t stop possums and even mice and rats enjoying a munch. The alternative is a wire mesh structure or netting structure to cover plants which will protect them from gaining entrance.

Rabbits, possums and kangaroos are also wary of dogs (and even some cats) and will often stay away if they smell or encounter one.

Just like we have guard dogs for our houses, we can have guard dogs for our gardens!

There are a number of sprays that can be used on plants which may help deter

animals from eating them.

Products such as Scat and Yates Possum Repellent spray can be sprayed onto foliage as a repellent.

They won’t harm your plants or the animals and can be very effective tools in managing plant munchers.

One last tip to help repel possums, rabbits and kangaroos from eating your garden plants is by sprinkling Blood and Bone around susceptible plants.

These animals have quite sensitive noses and hate the smell of Blood and Bone.

Blood and Bone can be a very effective deterrent and as an added bonus it feeds your plants at the same time! Winning!

The only downside is it will need to be reapplied after rain or if it gets watered in by sprinklers.

Having the odd plant eaten or nibbled by wildlife is a small price to pay for living in such an amazingly beautiful region like the Barossa Valley.

With these tips, we can hopefully all live in harmony together and still enjoy our plants and gardens (hopefully nibble free)!

Happy Gardening!

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- Wendy Trotta

The house that hospitality built

It’s not yet 8 a.m., and already 150 coffees have exchanged hands on the footpath outside Darling’s Food with Passion cafe in Tanunda.

With 30 years of hospitality experience, Wendy Trotta is the undeniable darling of the local coffee and café scene.

Friends and strangers exchange greetings, each knowing their place in this daily ritual, in which coffee is the great social equaliser.

“We are for the people,” explains owner, Wendy Trotta.

“It doesn’t matter who you are, nobody gets a preference.

“We have all the great winemakers – Kevin Glastonbury, Dan Standish, Ian Hongell, the Henschkes – but our first customer is a homeless man and his dog who we give food to.

“Café society is different from anything else; there’s no class system here.”

Behind the counter of this longstanding family business, nothing is left to accident as coffee is weighed to the gram and timed to perfection.

“Mum always says we’re only as good as our last coffee,” smiles daughter, Elisa, echoing a mantra that has kept Darling’s consistently at the forefront of the Barossa café scene.

It’s an industry Wendy has given her heart and soul to for over 30 years, as both a caterer and café owner.

Now 60, she cut her teeth in South Australia and worked in France and the unforgiving restaurants of Sydney, where she was nicknamed Excuse Me “because I was the only one polite to the customers!”

With a natural flair for cooking, Wendy’s reputation for “getting the job done” grew over time, earning her the privilege of catering for the world’s crèmede-la-crème, from Rod Stewart to Queen Elizabeth II.

“I have been very fortunate, the people I’ve cooked for – Julia Gillard, a lot of Prime Ministers actually, and a lot of celebrities. I have a certain style that people are looking for,” says Wendy.

However she attributes her success to more than just a gifted palette.

The daughter of dairy farmers, Wendy says work ethic, self-sufficiency and courage have all played an important role.

“From a very young age I was coached to look for the finish line,” Wendy says.

“We were taught to be brave, we were taught about community, we were taught to look after our family and to look after each other.”

>> Elisa, David & Wendy Trotta.

Wendy’s philosophy of paying it forward has also been returned in spades over the years.

“When I first came back (to the Barossa) Marg Lehmann bought us artichokes, Di Wark bought us lemons; people were bringing us figs and asparagus. That was a gift, and they knew nothing would be wasted,” says Wendy.

“We had great support from the community, and I have not forgotten that.

“We’ve had some serious knocks over the years and we lost a lot, but we didn’t lose our heart, and that’s really important.”

Wendy also innately understands those indefinable qualities that keep customers coming back, like quality and customer service.

“Service is a very important part of hospitality,” she explains.

“I employ lots of kids and I teach them the etiquette of dining. It’s the customer experience – when everything aligns, people just relax.”

These same principles have been handed down to Wendy’s three children, Antonio, David and Elisa, all of whom have forged careers in hospitality.

With Wendy’s backing, Elisa and business partner Lucy Koehler have reinvented popular restaurant and wine bar, Vino Lokal, situated just a few doors away from Darling’s.

A contemporary breakfast, lunch and dinner menu is complemented by an enviable wine list featuring 160 wines, including such labels as Esperosa (Brett Grocke), Forage Supply Co (Scott Rogasch) and Rock of Wisdom (Pete Hiscock).

“All of these people are customers who saw us grow up, and we saw their families grow,” says Elisa.

The strong female-led team at Vino Lokal includes former Darling’s front of house staff, Meg Frost and cocktail aficionado, Georgie Lehmann.

“We really wanted to create an extension of what Darling’s is,” explains Elisa, “a neighbourhood bistro that’s vibrant and approachable where people know, love and share an understanding of the Barossa’s food, wine and coffee.”

Bringing the coffee is David who, with business partner, Alex Loft has founded ethically farmed and sustainably sourced Kindred Coffee.

“Coffee now is where the wine industry was in the early 90s,” explains David.

“I’m highlighting variety and origin and celebrating the farmers, the way the wine industry does.”

However Elisa qualifies there’s a time and place for coffee – and for the Trottas, that’s first thing in the morning: “Hardly a word is spoken before we have our first coffee!”

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Summer is

With the world returning to normality, we’re searching for any reason to dress up. After years of uncertainty, we can finally kick off our heels and party!

The festive season and summertime are well on their way, so it’s time to refresh and restock that section of the wardrobe.

If you’re a little stuck on what to look for after some time away from the festive fashion, let us help you out.

Neutrals have been the go-to over the past couple years due to their easy styling and sense of comfort, but now its time for bright colours to shine in the spotlight.

There has been a move towards a new mood of creativity and playfulness through bright colours and prints. This year has given rise to many bold colour trends, such as orange, neon green and purple.

When it comes to a summer colour staple for the festive season and the Australian summer, hot pink is the one to watch.

You’ll be seeing this bold hue in skirts, tops and dresses everywhere this summer. Most importantly, when it comes to

colour, don’t be afraid to mix and match!

There’s no rules with this bright colour trend.

When it comes to dressing this festive season, whether it be the office Christmas party or barbecues with family and friends, its time to add some fun to your style!

There’s no better time to make a statement.

For work lunches or dinners, smart casual is the way to go.

Dress like you’re going to a nice restaurant rather than to coffee.

Button up shirts, flowy wrap or maxi dresses, or maxi skirts are a good pick.

When it comes to dressier parties, something as simple as a more fitted dress with a bit more sparkle, paired with your favourite jewellery, will do the trick.

With more casual summer style, versatility is key.

We haven’t been blessed with the most predictable weather of late, so when the sun’s out, it’s understandable to be

a little apprehensive.

This season, loose and roomy dresses with both short and long sleeves that work just as well at the beach as they do at the office are expected to rule wardrobes.

In denim, the baggier the better.

The days of skinny and tight jeans being in are over, and everyone is embracing comfort as well as style.

Straight leg and mum styles are ruling the racks, and can look stylish with both tight fitting and looser shirts and tops.

Florals for the warmer months are nothing new, but after this year’s dreary winter, we’re welcoming the trend with open arms.

Find this pattern in dresses, shirts, and skirts in all sorts of bright and fun colours.

Florals are a great way to add some style and class to a casual outfit, and will be perfect for summer dinners spent outdoors.

With every holiday post online, a humble maxi skirt is pictured within.

Channeling the 90’s nostalgia, maxi skirts

are an easy transitional piece that have the power to make you look effortlessly cool and stylish.

The perfect summer staple, these skirts can be paired with knits, tshirts, tanks, and just about anything in between.

In shoes, comfort and style seem to be a great pair!

We are beginning to see less and less heels, with flats, sandals and sneakers becoming the top trio for the summer wardrobe rotation.

The classic white sneaker is a perfect allrounder, now being seen styled with maxi dresses and skirts as well as jeans.

Most importantly, have fun with your summer wardrobe!

Explore what draws you in when it comes to new trends, and what works for your lifestyle.

No matter what you’re celebrating this summer, what’s most important is making sure you’re at your best and most confident self.

Happy summer styling!

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During The Hobbit, Tolkien’s prequal to The Lord of the Rings, Bilbo Baggins acquired a magic ring that, as far as he was aware, does little more than make him invisible when fitted to his finger.

Sixty-years later, in The Lord of the Rings, we discover that it is in fact the One Ring, created by the Dark Lord Sauron in the second age and used to enslave the free peoples of middle-earth until his defeat by Isildure’s hand.

But while Sauron’s physical form was destroyed, his spirit endured within this ring.

After failing his one chance to destroy the ring, Isildure was betrayed to his death and for almost 3,000 years The Ring fell from knowledge, until it was picked up by Bilbo in Gollum’s cave.

Sauron is regaining his former strength but cannot yet take physical form.

All he needs to return and cover MiddleEarth in darkness is that One Ring, which Bilbo has entrusted to his nephew Frodo.

When the identity of this ring is revealed, Frodo is forced to flee the Shire to evade Sauron’s evil servants and embark on one of the most epic


The Hobbit

adventures in history.

After the success of The Hobbit in 1937, J. R. R. Tolkien was immediately asked to write this sequel.

He was an extremely busy man, working as a professor of English Language and Literature at Oxford University and contributing to the Oxford dictionary.

He spent twelve years writing in his spare time to create not only The Lord of the Rings, but the entire elvish language and extended works of Middle-Earth.

When Tolkien passed away, he left behind various notes and unfinished projects.

Fortunately, his son, Christopher devoted his life to protecting his father’s legacy and was able to compile his father’s work and see them published. These included The Silmarillion, The Unfinished tales of Númenor and Middle-earth, and The History of Middle-Earth - which is a series of twelve novels.

These days some critiques suggest that Tolkien’s work may not have been accepted by publishers today.

Lucky for us, the publishers of old had far more imagination when it came to

deciding which books to represent.

In 1936, Stanley Unwin of Allen & Unwin believed that children were the best judges of children’s literature, so, in exchange for a shilling, employed his son, Rayner to read books and produce a one-page report of each one, stating its quality and audience.

For the Hobbit he wrote something along the lines of, “It is good and should appeal to all children between the ages of 5 and 9.”

When I hear that Tolkien’s work may not have been published today, I can’t help but feel that things have changed for the worse.

Just imagine if Mr Unwin had just said no and tossed it aside!

Not two months ago, I was at the Hobbiton movie set in Matamata, New Zealand, walking amongst the Hobbit holes with a small group of excited fans who had travelled from all over the world just to experience a part of this Middle-Earth.

The admiration for these stories is truly incredible, and it all began with the words, “In a hole in the ground, there lived a Hobbit.”

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>> From left to right Executive Chef Akash and his wife Shali, Nelly & Guido Auchli, Principals 1837 Barossa.


On this birthplace of The Barossa Valley, there now lies a remarkable winery experience that is so unique and wellpriced it will have its guests returning again and again.

1837 Barossa is a premium winery nestled amongst the vineyards at the top of Yaldara Drive, Lyndoch.

The Restaurant and Cellar door is open Wednesday to Saturdays from 11a.m. to late, Sundays from 11a.m. to 4p.m.

On December 13, 1837 Colonel William Light, founder of Adelaide, traversed the ground of this estate when exploring the north-east of Adelaide.

It was on this historic occasion that he bestowed the name of our township, Lyndoch and the entire hill range, Barossa.

Approaching the estate, glimpses of the European-styled architecture of the various imposing buildings provide an instant holiday feel.

Walking through the iron gates, beside the regularly used helipad, a casual-set terrace welcomes guests to unwind, while the grand architecture of the Horizon at 1837 restaurant and granite gazebo suggests a spectacular experience awaits.

To the right, on one of most spectacular viewpoints of the Barossa, stands a lifesize bronze monument of Colonel William Light on horseback, commemorating the naming of Lyndoch and the Barossa on the estate.

Detailed placards provide the story of Colonel William Light’s discovery as

really good time

guests follow an open-air art trail of modern European art to where the iconic Barossa Manor stands, restored in its glory following the grand architecture of the Victorian Neoclassical period.

Beside the Manor, three stunning luxury cottages filled with modern amenities are designed to indulge guests with its breathtaking views.

Opposite an ATP sized tennis court, guests are welcomed to the exclusive 1837 Barossa Wine Pavilion for a range of exclusive wine tasting packages that offer the history of the Barossa, wine appreciation, guided wine tasting and much more.

High quality merchandise is made available in the store, along with the award winning 1837 Barossa range of wines.

The winery features more than a dozen red, rose and white and sparkling wines following European winemaking traditions.

The current owners, Guido and Nelly Auchli see themselves as custodians of the grand history of the estate.

Each wine has been named after an episode of Colonel Light’s life, which is displayed while tastings with historical imagery.

“We love good wine and a good story,” Guido explains.

“Our wines are a commemoration of Williams Light’s outstanding lifetime achievements and we wanted to bring them back to life.”

With panoramic views and furnished with pieces from the Auchli family’s antique collection, the Horizon at 1837 restaurant and cellar door is certainly a stunning place to be.

After working with five big brands like One and only royal mirage, Intercontinental and Hilton, Director / Chef for Horizon 1837, A’kash has teamed up with wife and operations manager, Shali to establish a memorable experience for everyday people.

Offering modern, Australian cuisine with a touch of French and Mediterranean influence, this husband-and-wife team is all about quality, quantity, and value for money, sourcing the finest and freshest ingredients, locally and Australian made wherever possible.

With well-priced three course and four course options, and with a fresh new dinner menu, this is the perfect location for locals to enjoy valued meals for lunch or dinner in a quieter atmosphere on Wednesday and Thursdays before it gets very crowded again over sunny weekends.

“Sustainable long-term business is all about good value,” Guido beams with firm conviction. “Our exclusive wines and the mouth-watering gourmet food of the Horizon at 1837 Restaurant are priced very reasonable, as we want guests to be able to afford our place and to come back and back again.

We want everyone who comes here to leave with an experience after having a really good time.”

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Beautifying our Hometown

>> Trevor Whitehorn, Glenda Oberscheidt, Richard Key, Mark Schutz, Sue Holt, Helen Cruwys & Vicky Manning.

Our beloved Barossa is without a doubt one of the most beautiful locations in the world!

A prestigious valley of luxury, opportunity, and pride.

And while the impulse to travel will entice us to explore other parts of the world, upon each return our rolling hills and well-manicured townships provide an alluring reminder that this is our home.

A contributing factor to our fondness is undoubtedly it’s handsome gardens, a factor often taken for granted, but certainly not by all.

In 1991 Les Garrett, a passionate rose gardener and railway worker at Angaston Railway Station, was inspired by his community spirit to assist in the preservation of Angaston’s wonderful appearance.

With seven founding members, sharing a passion for gardening, the Angaston Garden Society was established; a volunteer organisation for undertaking charitable works, gardening, and landscaping to enhance and beautify the township of Angaston.

Gardening began with support from the then District Council of Angaston and material donations by local businesses.

Since 1991, the Angaston Garden Society has attained total gardening responsibility for public domains such as the Murray Street rose tubs, Angas Recreation Park Gates, old Angaston Town Hall Square, Penrice/Murray Street corner, The Village Green, Angaston Time Capsule, Angaston Pioneer Cemetery, Angaston Cemetery and Tyne Street.

The appearance of these gardens will no doubt be familiar to most.

The level of care and knowledge of pruning and maintaining these roses is undoubtedly recognisable and appreciated by anyone passing them by.

For the work in these areas, The Barossa Council provides Angaston Garden Society with funding to purchase plants, materials, gardening supplies, safety equipment and insurance.

They also provide shed facilities for equipment and materials storage.

Meanwhile the Barossa Works Department provides road traffic management on request to ensure a safe working environment at designated locations.

Compliments are certainly appreciated by the society, and discussions and questions from local folk are always encouraged.


Great street conversation is, after-all, one of the most enjoyable parts of being in the society for its members.

The society has received praise from tourists travelling from all over the world and find great satisfaction in these.

And although they work for twelve months of the year, the big payoff is seven months of spectacular blooms.

The time spent on these gardens is three hours of every Monday morning, for those in the society who can make it.

Though all members take great pride in their gardening and beautifying the town, they understand that they have families and other commitments and responsibilities.

This is certainly something for any possible new member to understand, and the Angaston Garden Society indeed welcomes new members.

There are certainly no prerequisites to join and members have entered for numerous reasons over the years; gardening passion, interest in attaining knowledge of roses, desire to contribute and undoubtedly the social aspect.

It’s also a great avenue to do gardening if you don’t have a lot of space at home.

Current chairman, Richard Key, had been encouraged to join for more than a year before the treasurer offered to take him to meet the group. He is now in his 14th year.

“I picked up a lot of know-how working with some very knowledgeable members and have become reasonably proficient in rose maintenance,” Richard explains.

“I’ve even got to enjoy the glory of full bloom and the positive effect it has on people in general.”

At present the working membership is comprised of four men and five women, all between sixty to eighty years in age.

“Members generally come from the recently retired pool,” Richard explains.

“And as such we see sixty years and up as the norm.

“Our membership just copes with our total workload at the moment, and new members are welcome always.

“If our membership numbers fall, we may need to review our operational areas.”

Along with the many council gardens they maintain, the Angaston Garden Society are also contracted to care for private rose gardens for which they are totally responsible.

Funding from these gardens provide support towards social activities for the group, which they enjoy on a regular basis.

Members recognise the importance of social engagement, and this can include impromptu coffee shop breaks, various lunches throughout the year, group barbecues at the shed, visits to places such as The Farm Shed Museum in Kadina, Monarto Zoo and local clubs like Barossa Vintage Machinery Preservation Society.

They also donate to various disaster funds and to building funds such as BVMPS shed and Angaston Blacksmith Shop and Museum.

They also always seek to be customers of local cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Although this society is built around the upkeep of these beautiful roses, this is a community that appreciates each other and understands the value of friendship, outdoor physical activity and personal satisfaction in a job well done.

“I picked up a lot of know-how working with some very knowledgeable members and have become reasonably proficient in rose maintenance.”
- Richard Key
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Having a ball

In Langmeil Church Hall on a Wednesday night, the banter is flying across the table almost as quickly as the little white ball.

In a typical display of competitive spirit, the blokes at each end of the table have come to play, both for points and bragging rights.

Leading the charge is Tanunda A grade player, Travis Schiller.

While he’s known by day as your amiable Barossa Pharmacist, with a table tennis racket in his hands, it’s no more Mister Nice Guy.

“I once took a set off a guy who went to the Olympics – it was not the year he went, obviously,” chuckles Travis.

Travis is representative of a new guard of younger players and professionals joining the ranks of the Barossa and Light Table Tennis Association.

This lesser-known but no less competitive Barossa sport is experiencing a resurgence in popularity, with over 100 registered male and female players competing across three grades, ranging from juniors through to people aged in their 70s.

>> Travis Schiller, Wade Gripton, Chris Jones, Michael Heinrich, Paul Kremmer, Jacob Law, Charlie Braunack and Matt Jones.

Travis says there’s lots to like about a pastime that’s physically challenging but social in nature, and doesn’t demand too much time for busy people.

“Once you’re past that age for footy, hockey or netball but you still want to be active, you can choose something that won’t break you,” laughs Travis.

“For people who are time-poor in terms of committing to weekend sports, they like the idea that you can go for a hit, it’s relatively social and active and you can do it once a week without committing to training – it’s a very social sport in that way.”

But don’t be deceived – there’s more to this sport than meets the eye.

“There’s quite a lot of movement and a really fast pace; if you look at the international players, they can be whipping the ball from four to five metres back from the table and have 30 to 40-hit rallies,” explains Travis.

While the sport demands speed and precision, it’s also a game of strategy and tactical manoeuvres, as illustrated by former Association player-turnedCommonwealth Games representative, Amanda Tscharke of Nuriootpa.

“First of all you need good eyes and fast reflexes, and the fine motor skills are amazing,” says Travis.

“The little bits of spin, the placement of the ball, reading the spin from the other player… you can go the entire match trying to read their service and still have no idea what their spin is doing!

“It’s very much a cognitive sport and it’s great in that way to keep the brain ticking over.”

Travis is equally keen to entice younger players to the sport, introducing an accredited junior coaching competition.

“Post-Covid we ended up with 20 per cent growth in player numbers last season, which was great.”

Despite international changes to the ball size and playing rules, at a local level, longstanding traditions still remain.

“There was a strong Lutheran youth league back in the day and that was a standalone competition in its own right,” explains Travis.

“You can see that now in some of the venues we play, like Langmeil Church hall and Ebenezer Church hall.

“We also have the old town competition and the two competitions eventually merged as the youth league became the ‘40s and ‘50s league.”

The Barossa and Light Association is perhaps best known for its annual German-inspired Meisterschaft competition, literally translated as ‘mastering’ or ‘championship’.

Travis says this year’s competition produced an excellent showing from the State’s top juniors.

“There was a 12 year old lad who was unbelievable… he absolutely flogged me but it was a joy to watch from the other end,” says Travis.

“The way he played the ball, his consistency, precision, spin – I couldn’t help enjoy being beaten.”


Ebenezer veteran player, Charlie Braunack has been involved in Meisterschaft since the tournament’s inception in 1968, and brings a uniquely German feel to proceedings.

“I run the oom-pah music and before our morning sessions I play Ein Prosit – it’s our national anthem,” chuckles Charlie.

After 54 years in the sport, including over 30 years as secretary, Charlie’s enthusiasm hasn’t waned.

“As far as table tennis goes, it’s been an absolute joy and pleasure,” Charlie says.

“People are very friendly and always say g’day. Yes, there’s animosity on the table, but once you get off the table the friendship is there.”

For Light Pass player, Paul Kremmer, it’s less about the competition and more about the camaraderie.

“I play tennis on a table tennis table,” he quips.

“The table’s about eight feet too short for me and the nets aren’t high enough!

“I’ve got three of the grandkids playing now. We were short last year so I sucked them into it, and they have enjoyed it and are going to continue playing,” Paul says.

“The second time we played them we gave them a five point start; let’s just say they used it to their advantage!”

“For people who are time-poor in terms of committing to weekend sports, they like the idea that you can go for a hit, it’s relatively social and active and you can do it once a week without committing to training –it’s a very social sport in that way.”

- Travis Schiller
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Is it time to re-think pet insurance?

Many people have mixed opinions or experiences around pet insurance.

Like all things, some are overwhelmingly positive, and others are terrible.

Generally, press around pet insurance has been on the negative side in the last few years, with the entire industry being awarded a shonky by Choice in 2019. Choice justified this award due to concerns around policies being expensive, confusing around inclusions and for offering policies with many exclusions and restrictions.

Reading the fine print was essential to get value from the policy.

A major sticking point was pre-existing conditions and the common complaint of ‘nit picking’ by the insurer to avoid having to pay out on any condition previously even hinted at as part of a pet’s clinical records.

Since the 2019 put down, pet insurance companies have significantly reviewed their policy offerings and several new providers have entered the market.

This has created additional competition as well as a changing face of the options provided though pet insurance.

The big changes include:

• Many policies will now cover or have the option to cover dental procedures – given these are one of the most common intervention procedures to ensure a pet’s ongoing good health. This is a huge improvement for the pet and owner.

• Pre-existing conditions that have previously been resolved but recur, may be covered.

• GapOnly payments are available for a good portion of providers.

• Limits for particular conditions have been removed.

All these things are not true of all policies, but they are positive changes in the right direction.

In terms of where to look, assessing your other insurance providers and seeing if you can bundle pet insurance with them is a good starting point.

Otherwise having a chat to staff at your local clinic can help provide further information.

While they are not able to recommend a specific provider, they can provide good information on the options available.

So, why would I consider pet insurance?

The benefits of pet insurance are significant, especially in these times where finances are tighter for a lot of households.

Pet insurance provides peace of mind and reduces the potential economic challenges of owning an pet.

It can take finance off the table when considering treatment options for your pet, as after the excess, the majority of the account is covered.

This improves the care pets can receive and ultimately leads to better outcomes. GapOnly coverage improves the service even more, by reducing the cost of paying upfront and waiting for reimbursement.

My own pet has been insured throughout his 14 years, starting when he was a puppy and I was a uni student.

It allowed me to treat him with the best options available throughout his life and fortunately has helped him to be the beautiful old soul that he is.

I happily recommend this product. It is not without it faults, but it can be an absolute blessing in so many situations.

Some quick tips:

• Insure your new pet as young as possible. This ensures everything is covered and has given you the maximum benefit of the policy.

• Consider a bigger excess to reduce the monthly cost – ensuring you have cover for any significant problems.

• Do your research, compare companies and read the product disclosure statement - be very clear about what you are paying for .

• If insurance isn’t right for you, consider a bank account for your pet’s health care.

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History volunteers working hard “Behind the Scenes”

The Gawler Civic Centre is thriving since it’s remodel back in 2019, with a successful Youth Centre, a library with an adjacent cafe and new additions such as the Cultural Heritage Centre.

With three dedicated spaces-the Heritage Gallery, the Research Centre and the Reading Room, the Cultural Heritage Centre has a variety of opportunities for volunteers.

them, and you can go back… Even if you don’t know them personally.”

What’s On

The Town of Gawler’s Civic Centre is a true community facility, developed and driven by the local community, creating the pre-eminent social, cultural, heritage and business innovation centre for the region.

Social connection, community celebration and lifelong learning are key outcomes for this unique, regional facility.

We encourage and welcome the wider Gawler community to discover, connect, innovate and grow with the variety of programs, events, shows and exhibitions available throughout the Gawler Civic Centre.

2023 Gawler Fringe Program

17 February-19 March

Live Music, Comedy, Film, Theatre, Cabaret, Quiz, Art Exhibition, Drama, Workshops, Demonstrations and more!

The Beggars Christmas Matinee

Thursday 1 December, 11.00am

A central and stunning community space for bespoke public and corporate celebration, enjoyment and connection...a venue like no other!

The centre currently has a full roster of volunteers, helping to collate and catalogue artefacts from throughout Gawler’s history.

Volunteers also research Gawler’s history and help visitors undertake their own research.

Adrian, who works with historical artifacts and catalogues even in his spare time, has many fond memories of when history impacted him more than usual.

“There’s a lot of pictures that you get to see, and what’s interesting is a postcard I came across, taken by Marchant who were the local photographers at the time,” he said.

Gawler Civic Centre Guided Tour

Tuesday 13 December, 10.00am

Santa’s Workshop


Saturday 17, Sunday 18, Monday 19 & Tuesday 20 December 10.00am, 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3.00pm sessions daily

A Brand-new exhibition will be installed at the Heritage Gallery, located at Gawler Civic Centre

The volunteer group have also helped to install the current exhibition running at the centre, titled “Behind the Scenes: The History of Theatre and Entertainment in Gawler”.

The Heritage Gallery, the Research Centre and the historic Reading Room are all part of the Gawler Cultural Heritage Centre.

Since the official opening on Sunday 7 April 2019, the Cultural Heritage Centre has fostered social connection, community celebrations, functions and displayed unique exhibitions and artefacts from the Gawler Heritage Collection.

The exhibition was recently awarded an Interpretation Australia National Award for Excellence. This exhibition immerses visitors in the stories of entertainment in Gawler over the last 170 years, through clothing, instruments and pictures, plus interactive components and atmosphere to suit.

With the assistance of exhibition designer, Richard Browning, the Cultural Heritage Centre is set to launch the new exhibition ‘Golden Land – Food Production in Gawler’ in late March 2021.

“The photo is of the exact moment electric light was first turned on in Gawler.

“So, someone took a picture of it, but you wouldn’t know it was that except for the fact that she was writing to somebody on the postcard… This was in 1912.”

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how to make that entertaining and educational for everyone.”

Th e refur bished Tow n Hal l provide s a r an g e of private meetin g an d workshop spaces. Thes e room s sui t community an d corpora te meetings , staff training, interviews an d counse ll ing.

The previous exhibition ‘Fire the Cannon’ was a celebration of the Gawler Institute building. “The Gawler Institute was a bringing together of a progressive group of people who wanted to promote the growth and development of the town of Gawler through cultural and educational activities 150 years ago.

Thomas East, who has volunteered for a year and a half now, has worked not so much in cataloguing or working with fashion, but working on projects and researching information.

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“The first project I worked on was about a RAAF squadron which was formed in 1943 in Gawler, so next year is their 80-year anniversary and they’ve asked me to write up a history of the squadron,” he said.

“The title ‘Fire the Cannon’ was based on a person of that time having a cannon that was reportedly from HMS Buffalo that was fired on the day the mail arrived in Gawler.”


Our current exhibition is Fire the Cannon.

Working behind the scenes is what this group of volunteers does best, working towards cleaning each instrument by hand, retrieving, cleaning and displaying the period clothing pieces and putting together a plethora of information for every attendee to learn from.

Volunteer, Sophie Brown, is fond of historical dress and the clothing worn by those from a different time, and loves anything music related.

“In my research I discovered a local boy went missing…”

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Tuesday 7 February, 10.00am

The up-coming exhibition ‘Golden Land – Food Production in Gawler’ will educate the community of the varied and complex history of food production in Gawler from the Kaurna community’s selfsufficient and sustainable life style to the industrial scale production of wheat, eggs, dairy and brewed beverages in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

GAWLER YOUTH - Good Grinch of Gawler Tuesday 20 December

First commissioned by Town of Gawler in 2019 to create the 2020 Exhibition ‘Fire the Cannon’, Richard helps to articulate the historical stories and interpret them in engaging ways to the general public.

Originally from London, Richard worked as a creative director in design and advertising agencies. Having moved to South Australia 16 years ago, Richard ‘fell into’ his passion as an exhibition designer for museums, stately homes and tourist attractions.

Petra Brown, the Heritage Research and Collection Officer, is a paid employee, but knows how important the volunteers are, and steers them in the right direction when she can.

It will be a fun and interactive exhibition with visitors able to experience kitchens from the 1880s, the 1920s, the 1950s and the 1980s complete with many objects that are no longer found in modern households.

On 30 May 1870 all of Gawler stopped to join the celebrations at the laying of the foundation stone of the Gawler Institute building. This exhibition celebrates that day and the 13 years of community fundraising, which enabled it to happen.

This division of the Gawler Civic Centre wouldn’t be what it is without them.

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It will be an opportunity for reminiscing about lifestyles past and also exploring how much time and effort went into providing meals for families.

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Growing up with her father and fellow history lover and volunteer, Adrian Brown, history is something they have both shared interest in and bonded over for years.


Now based in Adelaide, he set up his business ‘Synthetic Creative’. Richard told The Barossa Mag he loves his job.

“The big takeaway from this is they’re all passionate,” Petra said.

Housing the Gawler Heritage Collection together with digitised editions of The Bunyip and multiple resources for the family researcher, student or academic.

“I’ve always been into historical fashion; it’s just lovely having access to hundreds of resources,” Sophie said.

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“I identify themes and try and find interesting ways that visitors can interact with that,” Richard said. “I use ver y simple kinetic activities that people find intriguing, like letting them open doors, boxes, peep through spy holes, press buttons, tr y quizzes, hunt for hidden objects, discover secrets as well as audio and video.

“It’s always really interesting when you find an unidentified person, someone that you don’t know, but then later on you see someone and think I recognise

This dedicated group contribute so much knowledge, excitement and determination to help put together exhibitions, and catalogue and document so much history of surrounding areas.

“Exhibition design for museums is very diverse, you never know what you are going to have to interpret,” he said. “You suddenly have to immerse yourself into the topic, do research and come up with ideas on

Richard believes it is important to tell these stories and remind visitors that the Kaurna and other groups lived and managed the land.

Behind The Scenes: The History of Theatre and Entertainment in Gawler Exhibition

Open Mon-Wed & Fri, 9am-5pm, Thurs 9am-6pm & Sat 9am-1pm

Further information is available on the Council’s website

Each volunteer brings something different to the table through their passions and interests, alongside their skills and love for history.

Celebrating and connecting past, present and future communities...

The Gawler Heritage Centre is open Monday-Wednesday & Friday, 9am-5pm, Thursday 9am-6pm and Saturday 9am-1pm

Gawler Civic Centre 89-91 Murray Street, Gawler SA 5118 Phone 08 8522 9267 Email:

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>> Most of the Cultural Heritage Research Centre volunteers, in the Reading Room filled with art handled by the group: Gary McLean, Les Lee, Gillian Lee, Janette McMaster, Christine Legget, Adrian Brown, Sophie Brown and Thomas East.

Kirsty Kingsley

A woman of so many talents and so many passions.

The Barossa Art scene is now benefiting from one of Kirsty’s current passions, being the new ‘Wonderground’ Art gallery and Cellar door.

Kirsty seems to live life from the heart, trusting in the power of saying ‘Yes’ to all the possibilities put before her. In the past Kirsty has travelled and lived in many corners of the world for work and life, including roles such as recruiting engineers and pilots, then developing and running an amazing natural skin care business to name just a few.

Her breadth of experience and talents seem not to be linear, but broad, and showcase her talents in seemingly contrasting fields of arts and business.

Her current YES, is the arts, and becoming an artist in recent years has led her and her partners in ‘Wonderground’ to this amazing place and space in the Seppeltsfield region, providing a wonderful place to showcase artists and their work.

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.

Stay tuned… Pete.


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More than just a Chemist

Warnecke’s long running Chemist & Druggist store in Gawler Street, Nuriootpa closed around 1922, leaving an opening for a new pharmacist in town.

On Friday, February 10, 1928, Arthur Reusch (1903-1983) opened the ‘Barossa Pharmacy’ on the corner of Gawler and Murray Street, Nuriootpa, opposite the busy Post Office.

The interior shop fittings, constructed by Nuriootpa carpenter, Carl Juncken, were reported as ‘pleasing to the eye’ The Leader February 16, 1928.

Carl built an area for developing and printing photographs which allowed Arthur to expand his interest in photography, as well as creating sets of local postcards.

The new venture prospered and the following year the shop was already being remodelled.

Arthur installed an ‘electric soda fountain’,

ready for the Summer of 1929.

Carbonated beverages of various flavours and pure fruit drinks were dispensed, while the ‘ice-cream department’ was serving nut sundaes.

Just a few weeks later November 21, 1929, The Leader reported that Arthur had ‘One of the finest Christmas displays in the district.’

To entice customers, he was offering a free ‘dainty fan to each lady purchaser’ and each child received a ‘pretty painting book’ (see photo)

The shop was transformed into a huge display of giftware and toys including lollies and chocolates, books and novels, silver and brassware, sports equipment, pipes and cigarettes, clocks, barometers and radio sets.

Radio sales were an important part of the new business.

During the 1930s ‘Reusch’s Radio Service’

was operating out of the Nuriootpa store, expanding to include a service centre at Angaston.

‘Radio and electrical sales and service’ including sales of ‘Hecla and Hotpoint electric appliances and home lighting plants‘ were advertised.

The business provided a ‘competent mechanic and complete plant’ to back each radio sold ‘to give full satisfaction’.

Around the 1940s Reusch’s Barossa Sports Depot was advertising a range of tennis and cricket equipment including ‘the new Don Bradman steel shafted bats.’

The diversity of Barossa Pharmacy may have led to its success.

Advertising from the 1930s show that Arthur sold homoeopathic and veterinary medicines using his own ‘Brosa’ brand.

The store also compounded and dispensed pharmaceuticals and stocked the Nyal brand chemist range.


In 1938 Nuriootpa Centennial Park opened the ‘Arthur Reusch Children’s Playground’, in honour of Arthur’s work at the new park and in the town.

He held numerous voluntary positions including Chairman of the Nuriootpa Community Centre in the 1940s.

An OBE was awarded to Arthur in 1971 for his services to the community.

Arthur’s son, John Reusch registered ‘J. Reusch’s Barossa Pharmacy’ from 19731991.

After the business was sold, a chemist shop remained on this corner until being relocated to the newly built Co-op Store mall in 1998.

‘Barossa Pharmacy’ medicine bottles, ointment pots and jars, along with numerous receipts, calendars and brochures survive as testament to this once thriving corner store, known locally as Reusch’s Corner.

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>> Top Left: Reusch’s Corner early 1970s - Note the red double Post Office phone box. Top Middle: Arthur Reusch advertising 1930s -1940s. Right: Arthur Reusch Nuriootpa Chemist c.1940s. Bottom Left: Early Barossa Pharmacy packaging. Bottom Middle: Complimentary children’s paint books and ladies fan, c.1929.
Develop confidence, self-esteem, motivation and the capacity for work.

Barossa Enterprises leads the way in supporting youth employment

Barossa Enterprises is paving the way in supporting youth to experience and secure employment.

Disability and support organisation, Barossa Enterprises, has been part of the Barossa community for over forty five years andis a registered provider for the School Leavers Employment Supports program under the NDIS.

The program offers support for students in their final year or who have recently left school (up to 22 years old) to build their confidence, self-esteem, motivation and capacity for work.

Over the past two years, the program has seen 55 participants across regional South Australia achieve employment or workrelated outcomes such as further education, work experience or volunteering.

“We started the program due to a gap in service delivery. Students would leave school with no support to help them prepare for the workforce. Until now, there has been no support for students transitioning from school to work,” said Barossa Enterprises Employment Services Manager, Barry Sims.

“We’re there every step of the way. It’s our role to provide a reliable solution and give our youth the opportunities they deserve.”

Throughout the program, a Support Mentor helps prepare for and navigate the job market, creating a safe space to learn and gain confidence. The Mentor is there to provide the right support at the right time.

“We have seen great success, including one young man achieving employment at a supermarket and another at a removalist company.

Other participants have entered various industries such as beauty, painting or gardening”.

Participant Alexis secured a work experience placement at St Jakobi Lutheran School. Working alongside the school’s Canteen Manager, Alexis has enjoyed learning knife skills, new recipes, and how to prepare meals to sell. Recently, Alexis was awarded her ‘knife license’ at a school assembly.

Alexis lives with Kearns Sayre Syndrome and is vision impaired. However, this does not impact her initiative or desire to follow her dreams. Calling herself the Blind Chef, Alexis aspires to open her own packaged meal business one day.

“I love cooking for people, and sometimes use Barossa Home & Community Options’ (Barossa Enterprises) kitchen to practice my cooking techniques and share food with my family,” said Alexis.

“While doing this program, I am trying to soak up all the experience I can.”

Another program participant, Hannah, began the program in 2022. Hannah undertook a work experience placement at an Out of School Hours Care Centre. The placement has opened doors for Hannah, who is interested in working with children. Her goal is to achieve employment in the industry, and she is now looking to study childcare.

“Barossa Enterprises truly is a fantastic place with a fantastic culture. It makes a real difference in people’s lives,” said Barry.

“This program gives our youth the right supports, packaged around their unique needs, to help give them their best lives.”

“I love cooking for people, and sometimes use Barossa Home & Community Options’ (Barossa Enterprises) kitchen to practice my cooking techniques and share food with my family”
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A roof to call their own

A community-led initiative is keeping families together by putting a roof over their heads.

Home is where the heart is, and for 73-year-old Margo of Nuriootpa, that’s with her four greatgrandsons.

While Margo has Bowen, Seth, Jack and Gabe in her care, she says it’s they who rescued her.

“Actually, I think they saved my life,” says Margo. “They are so caring, and they have given me a purpose in life, they really have.”

Keeping the boys together has been Margo’s priority since they came to live with her 18 months ago, but she quickly discovered that housing four lads aged between 13 and 22 was incredibly challenging.

That’s when Foundation Barossa offered her a lifeline, providing her with the first of six available youth homelessness prevention studios.

Installed in Margo’s backyard at no cost, the twobedroom studio will be theirs for the next five years or until it’s no longer needed.

Seventeen-year-old Seth and 14-year-old Jack each have a bedroom in the pod, which has a selfcontained bathroom and boasts a six star energy rating.

Margo says the studio has reduced the pressure on her small family home and given her greatgrandsons much-needed space and independence.

“I think they’re relieved and settled,” she says.

“They never had a room of their own, they always had to share; there were seven in the family.

“This way they can spread out and do their own thing in their own space, which they’ve never been able to do before.

“I know what they have missed out on in life, what they have gone without, and I want to make up for that.”

Annabelle Elton-Martin from Foundation Barossa says Margo’s story is typical of the emerging crisis facing the Barossa.

“The reasons young people are homeless are often complex and intertwined, and some have just been dealt a really awful hand.”
- Annabelle Elton-Martin
>> Great grand-mother Margo with Annabelle Elton-Martin.

“When Covid hit in early 2020, we saw an alarming spike in the number of homeless people in the Barossa,” Annabelle explains.

“Forty-four kids presented as homeless in one year – the youngest was an eight-year-old – and we knew that was just the tip of the iceberg.”

According to Annabelle, misconceptions about youth homelessness mean the issue is widely misunderstood.

“Homelessness in the Barossa looks different,” she explains.

“We’re not seeing people sleeping in doorsteps – a lot are couch surfing or sleeping in cars or caravans.

“The reasons young people are homeless are often complex and intertwined, and some have just been dealt a really awful hand.

“We’ve met some incredible young people who are in this position through no fault of their own.”

Foundation Barossa was quick to respond, providing advocacy, fundraising and a practical housing solution to help prevent family breakdown.

The philanthropic organisation partnered with Kids Under Cover to provide demountable studios that can be installed on private or public land of a family member and relocated four times on average.

“It’s about homeless prevention, trying to get to the potential problem before it happens,” Annabelle explains.


“If we can keep a family together, that’s far better than helping a young person who’s homeless.”

Statistics show young people using the studios are far more likely to attend school, complete their education and have an optimistic outlook.

“In terms of the results they deliver, young people’s optimism for the future increased from 43% to 89% and happiness rose from 18% to 94%. That’s something every kid should have, and it’s why we’re so excited by this program,” says Annabelle.

The initiative has been made possible through community fundraising, matched by a State Government commitment of $2.4 million to cofund 51 studios in South Australia.

“We have so many people to thank; the generosity of the community has been incredible,” says Annabelle.

“We have raised over $200,000 and that continues to grow; we know there’s a lot more to do.”

Local service providers such as Centacare Barossa play a vital role providing referrals and case management.

“It is a privilege to walk alongside young people, to hear their stories and be a support as they navigate the path to safe, secure, stable accommodation,” says Case Manager Erika.

And private sponsorship like the Homburg Homeless Prevention Fund keeps the fundraising appeal growing.

>> Case manager Erika of Centacare Barossa.

Homburg Real Estate has provided over $65,000 to-date, donating $200 for every home sold and $50 for every new rental management.

Principal, Guy Draper says it’s an issue close to their heart.

“It really struck a chord, especially given our focus is on housing people,” says Guy.

“We see the degrees of hardship people are facing, we know there are homeless families doing it tough, and we saw this as an opportunity for us to genuinely make a difference and give back to something worthwhile.

“We have met Margo and can’t think of anyone more deserving than a great-grandmother – it really is a beautiful thing.”

Margo says she’s indebted to everyone who has made this initiative possible.

“I’m just so thrilled with Kids Under Cover and I so appreciate that someone had the presence to mention it,” she says.

“It’s just made life so much easier and I guess there are a lot of people out there who could use something like this.”

Funding is currently available for further Youth Homelessness Prevention Studios.

For more information please contact Centacare Barossa on 8303 6625 or email nuriootpa@

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Look and feel your best this Summer with these 10 expert health tips from Naturopath, Peter Balogh.

Did you know that the main source of toxins to affect our body is most often our food choices; the second is our lifestyle, exposure to environmental pollutants and stress.

The good news is these simple 10 detoxification tips will improve your energy, mood, sleep, and digestion, boost your skin and hair health, and you may even lose a kilo or two.


Fruits and vegetables are rich in enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, have an alkalising effect in the body and a wonderful source of gut friendly fibre. Aim to:

Enjoy a fresh fruit and vegetable juice daily – carrot, apple, ginger, beetroot, celery and lemon are all great cleansing choices.

Snack on unsalted, activated nuts and seeds, to amp up the protein and dietary fibre content needed for detoxification to occur.

Eat more plant based protein sources, such as lentils, chickpeas, broad beans and kidney beans.

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additives, preservatives and stabilising agents. Check ingredient lists to avoid excessive saturated fat and sugar.


Your body is designed to undertake regular physical activity. The lymphatic circulatory system, which collects toxins and moves them to elimination channels, such as the colon and skin relies on the body’s large muscles like the thighs to pump that flow of lymphatic fluid along. Commit to a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise three times per week to get your body – and those toxins – moving.


One of the easiest ways of ensuring a successful detox is to drink a minimum of two litres of pure water every day – add more if the weather is very hot, or you are exercising.


Focus on anti-inflammatory foods that have a cleansing and alkalising effect on the body, such as cucumber, lemon, and celery. These foods have a very high water content, which helps to flush out toxins. They also provide natural electrolytes, including potassium and magnesium, which may be lost through perspiration as the weather warms up.

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One of the keys to effective detox and weight loss lies in restoring and maintaining the balance of probiotic and prebiotic gut bacteria. Eat gut friendly, fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir and live yoghurt. For a beneficial boost take a probiotic supplement daily.


Stodgy Winter food and too much time curled up on the couch can result in a sluggish metabolism. Herbs have long been used to support the body’s natural detoxification functions. Try matcha green tea, ginger, chillies and fenugreek to crank up your metabolism.

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Eggs are versatile, convenient, and quick to prepare. They are also regarded as the gold standard in highly bioavailable sources of protein, which is essential for building and repairing body tissues and regulating appetite by keeping you feeling fuller, for longer. Not a fan of eggs? Get your daily protein requirements by adding a spoonful of high quality protein powder to your daily juice.


Making a deliberate choice to focus on improving your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing is a very powerful step to take in reclaiming your health. If you struggle with high levels of stress in your life, reach out and enlist professional support. A great habit is to prioritise 30 minutes per day to do something that you love, preferably outside in nature. Ideas might include gardening, walking, socialising, or reading.

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Listening and a love for stories

Anne Marschall has a love for other people’s stories.

The power of stories is what this principal of Good Shepherd Lutheran School, Angaston has drawn inspiration from for years.

But perhaps, to others, her own story is not so dissimilar in effect.

“My story’s simple and it’s beautiful and it’s tragic and it’s extraordinary, it’s all of those things,” she says.

For the most part, it begins along the railway line of the Nullarbor in the tiny, isolated town of Rawlinna

where one family from the UK – Anne’s – chose to settle in 1974.

Here, her schooling was wildly different to the schooling of her Angaston students now.

“At primary school, there were two rooms that had a very basic setup,” Anne reminisces.

“The principal was one of the teachers for the upper primaries and his wife taught the junior primaries.

“I did a lot of my high school by correspondence, some of it in the back of the primary school, and some of it at home.

“So school for me was not very traditional.”

After finishing university, Anne found herself back in a small-town school like the one she’d grown to know back home, this time on the teaching end of things.

She taught in Murtoa, Victoria for a few years, and describes it as “glorious”.

“It was just a beautiful, supportive community, the kind of place in the country where everybody looks after you, everyone pitches in,” she says.

“And the kids would just drop by all the time. On the weekend, they’d be on the veranda when you come home from shopping saying, ‘Hi!’

After soaking up all the niceties of country life, Anne and her husband, John, headed to Adelaide to be nearer to family, but here she received news that would change her narrative completely.

At just 28 years old, Anne had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

“It was huge,” she remembers.

“It was one of those existential moments where you go, ‘Alright, what have I not done that I want to do?’

“So my husband and I went to Europe for a while, and then I came back and I enrolled in a master’s degree, because it was one of those things that I’d deferred and deferred in the back of my head thinking that there was plenty of time for that.”

During that time, Anne and John also started the process of adoption.

“Everything that happens in our journey shapes us, and if it hadn’t happened, I’d never have met my beautiful children, Josh and Maggie.”

Fast forward to having beat cancer, raised two children and gained a master’s degree, Anne was determined to take on her next challenge, and Good Shepherd was lucky enough to be in her sights.

“I saw the job here and I thought, I think I’m ready to take on a school,” she says.

“So my husband and I drove out here, and we looked around the school and we thought, well, it’s just gorgeous.

“I remember when I went to the interview thinking, if I don’t get it, that’s okay, but darn, I’m really going to miss this!”

Thankfully, she didn’t have to miss it at all.

“When the chairman rang me and said, ‘You’ve got the job,’ I just remember jumping up and down!” she laughs.


It’s now been 10 years since she received that wonderful phone call, and Good Shepherd has had many an achievement under her leadership.

“This school has just changed almost from the inside out,” Anne says.

“And that’s not all down to me, we’ve had some amazing boards, but I’m just so glad and so happy that I’ve been able to be principal during that time.”

There have been significant building projects, a new nature play area, playground re-development, curriculum reform and a new uniform being rolled out in the new year.

A common denominator in many of these projects is students’ inclusion in decision-making.

“A big change has been the rise of student voice,” Anne says.

“The ideas for what we’ve done came from the children themselves.

“The architect sat down with senior students and said, ‘What makes you happy in your learning space?

In her recent principal’s review, the students were asked what they thought of Mrs Marschall, and they replied, “She listens to us.”

What it seems to all come back to is Anne’s love for stories, and her passion for truly listening to other people’s.

“I love working with people because people are just so interesting and everyone’s got a story, much like my own life story,” she says.

“Listening to stories is a crucial part of what I do. Listening to a child’s story, listening to a family’s story.

“Everyone has a story, and when you know the story, you can work together to create the right environment, the right conditions, for a child and their family to flourish.

“That’s what gives me the greatest sense of satisfaction in my work.”

“Everyone has a story, and when you know the story, you can work together to create the right environment, the right conditions, for a child and their family to flourish.”
- Anne Marschall
What do you never want to see again? What do you want to see more of?’”
“It’s that whole communal thing – creating connection and just having that moment to sit down and have a friend over or catch up with family, and it’s always done over food on the table.”

A second chance at life

After spending 42 years as a winemaker, Peter Ruchs knows his way around a barrel, and has given hundreds of them a second chance at life.

“It’s amazing technology, a barrel,” he explains.

“The timber is beautiful. It’s the best timber of the tree and after that comes furniture, so it’s really just lovely timber to work with.

“And being a winemaker, when you’re sanding it, you can smell the vanilla, the spice, all that sort of stuff that’s in the wood, and you get to really know a barrel once you start pulling them apart and working on them.”

During his time as a winemaker, Peter would get home and play around with old wine barrels in his shed, just creating things like timber platters for fun.

Eventually, he joined forces with his daughter, Kristal Spencer, who had started noticing people were showing interest in her dad’s craft, and together they turned this hobby into a business –Winestains.

“We specialise in grazing boards and picnic products to enhance your food and wine experience, in a nutshell,” Kristal says.

Everything Kristal and Peter sell is made of recycled barrels from across the Barossa, McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills, and 11 years since the pair went into business, they are still always eager to find more wineries to salvage them from.

Peter follows a process over days to make a single product, and he loves having control over the end result.

“Whatever I do, I will usually try and do myself,” he says.

“My dad was handy, and all my brothers are the same, so I’ve just grown up with it. You don’t get someone in if you can do it yourself.”

Self-determination runs in the family, too.

Kristal says, “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always wanted to do something for myself. It was in my blood. I always had these business ideas.”

Kristal had clear plans for what kind of product she wanted to market, and how she wanted Winestains to stand out from the crowd.

“I kind of wanted to reinvent things,” Kristal says.

“I wanted to modernise it and make it a bit more luxe, and I wanted to tell the story of the wine barrel and the past life of this timber, because I think that’s kind of cool to understand where something has come from.

“What we really love about what we do is we honour the history of the product – where it originated from.

“The end user, they get a little postcard, and it acknowledges the winery, so they get to know the story and they get to understand where it’s come from.”

Kristal laughs about how, when listening to her and her dad talk, you hear two very different sides of the business.

“When dad’s talking, he’s definitely talking about the barrels and quality control and all that stuff,” she says.

“When you hear me talking, I’m talking about the end user result and the marketing side of things … telling the story and getting people involved in what we’re doing.”


Despite being opposites by nature, they tend to complement each other’s work styles perfectly.

“I think it’s why we’re such a great team,” Kristal says.

“We are both hard workers, it’s in our blood, and he’s got his side of the business and I’ve got mine, so we don’t really step on each other’s toes.

“We’re able to put our two skill sets together and I think that’s why it’s worked so well for so long doing what we’re doing. We’re continuously evolving and listening.”

Peter agrees, adding, “That blend of young and old, I think in any business, is a good thing as well. It works pretty well; we don’t clash, and we don’t argue too much.

“I have two daughters, one is exactly like me so we clash a bit, but Kristal is probably a bit more like her mum,” he jokes.

Just like most families, food has been a central part of home life for Kristal and Peter, and they make an effort to reflect the value of that in their business.

“In my friendship circle, we have a gang of eight and at least every week we meet at someone’s place, and its shared food and platters. Everyone brings a board or something,” Peter says.

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“And then every Friday night, Kristal and the kids come over and we do pizzas. It’s really nice to have the kids over, it’s a bit of chaos but it’s good.”

“Food and wine just bring people together,” Kristal adds.

“It’s that whole communal thing – creating connection and just having that moment to sit down and have a friend over or catch up with family, and it’s always done over food on the table.

“Being part of that is pretty awesome.”

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A bright, beautiful and delicious cocktail featuring Seppeltsfield Road Distillers’ Barossa Shiraz Gin.

Crafted from premium Barossa Shiraz grapes and macerated in SRD’s signature House Gin, it delivers a sensational flavour with vibrant, fresh and fruity characteristics and great silky texture.

A Barossa Shiraz Gin Sour is super easy to make, even easier to drink and a great way to enjoy the full flavour profile of the gin.

Now shake up those ingredients and take your tastebuds on a delicious ride!

Seppeltsfield Road Distillers’ 2021 Barossa Shiraz Gin was awarded an unprecedented 99 points at the 2022 International Wine and Spirits Competition in London, making it the World’s Best Shiraz Gin.


60ml Barossa Shiraz Gin

30ml Lemon juice (freshness of lemon juice will modify intensity of sourness)

15ml Raw sugar syrup

2 drops of Wonderfoam or one egg white


Shake all ingredients on ice and fine strain into coupe. Enjoy!





320g Yellow Fin Tuna loin

1 whole lime zested and juiced


1. Dice the tuna into .5cm dice

5g wasabi 20g olive oil

2. Mix the lime juice with the wasabi and olive oil, add the tuna and season with salt and pepper


1 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast

1 3/4 cups warm water

1 Tbsp. honey

15g salt


2 1/2 Tbsp. sesame oil

170g whole-wheat flour

568 gr. bread flour

228 gr. sesame seeds a mixture of black and white

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, dissolve the yeast and the honey in the warm water.

2. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes, until the yeast activates and a foam cap forms.

3. Mix in the salt and the sesame oil.

4. Using the dough hook attachment, incorporate the whole wheat flour and all but a handful of the bread flour.

5. Knead until a smooth, elastic dough develops.

6. Keep adding more flour if necessary.

7. Incorporate the sesame seeds.

8. Remove the bowl from the mixer, cover and place in a warm place for one hour to proof.

9. Cut the dough into 4-6 pieces.

10. Flatten each piece with your hands. 11. Cover the dough pieces with a piece of plastic wrap and let relax for 15 minutes. 12. Roll each piece out to 0.5 mm thick 13. Lay the rolled out dough on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

14. Cut the dough sheets into crackers of the desired size and shape. 15. Large triangles or wedges work particularly well.

16. Bake immediately at 190°C until deep golden brown 14-15 minutes of baking.

17. Store in airtight containers.


Place the crudo on the plate and serve with a small salad garnish, lime wedge, wasabi and some crackers.








Sweet and decadent, these little banoffee pies have it all! The rich salted caramel filling is topped off with banana, fresh whipped cream, and grated chocolate, all nestled inside a super crisp sour cream pastry shell kids and adults alike will love.


445g pack Carême sour cream shortcrust pastry, defrosted

3 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced

1/2 cup thickened cream

1/2 cup crème fraiche

1 tsp vanilla bean paste 50g dark chocolate, grated



1 cup caster sugar

100g unsalted butter, cubed

2 x 395g can condensed milk

2 teaspoons salt flakes

1. Heat oven to 180˚C fan-forced (200˚C conventional). Place pastry on a lightly floured kitchen work surface. Cut 8 x 10cm pastry rounds and line 8cm in diameter (measured across top) round tart tins. Transfer tarts to a baking tray and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

2. To blind bake pastry cases, line each tart with baking paper. Fill with baking weights or rice. Place tart tins in preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes. Remove tart tins from oven, remove weights and baking paper. Return tart tins to oven and cook for a further 5 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

3. Meanwhile to make caramel, place sugar and 50ml water in a small saucepan over a low heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Bring to a rolling boil and cook until mixture becomes a dark golden colour. Remove saucepan from heat immediately and add 2 tablespoons water to stop the cooking process. Be very careful, as the mixture will hiss and spit. Add butter to the caramel, stirring until melted, followed by condensed milk and salt. Stir mixture until ingredients are well combined. Return to medium heat, bring up to the boil while stirring constantly, remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes.

4. Divide caramel filling between cooked tart shells and set aside until required. When ready to serve, slice bananas and divide between tart shells, layering them over the set caramel. Place cream and vanilla in a medium mixing bowl, and whip with electric hand beaters till soft peaks form. Add crème fraiche, stirring until combined. Spoon cream mixture over the bananas & finish with grated chocolate.


125g dried rice vermicelli noodles

200g cooked chicken, sliced

1 bunch fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped

1 bunch fresh coriander leaves, roughly chopped

1 medium red capsicum, sliced

1 medium cucumber, sliced

2 carrots, grated

18 large rice paper rounds

(Dipping sauce):

1 tbsp (20ml) fish sauce

1 large chilli, deseeded, finely sliced

2 tbsp (40ml) fresh lime juice

1 tsp brown sugar

2 tbsp (40ml) rice wine vinegar

2 tbsp chopped peanuts lemon or lime wedges, to serve

1. Place noodles in a heatproof bowl. Cover with boiling water. Set aside for 15 minutes or until softened. Drain and let cool. Meanwhile, mix chicken, rice noodles, mint, coriander and vegetable slices together in a bowl.

2. Place 1 rice paper round in a bowl of lukewarm water for 15 seconds or until just soft. Place on a clean plate. Arrange chicken mixture along centre of round. Fold ends in and roll up firmly to enclose filling. Repeat with remaining rice paper and filling.

3. To make sauce combine ingredients in a small bowl and serve with rolls and lime wedges.

of extra if you have time
they are great for lunch boxes!
taken a couple of short cuts in my version of these Vietnamese-style
Make plenty


Since 1853, the Kalleske family has continually farmed land on the outskirts of Greenock.

Seven generations have contributed to the property, all following in the footsteps of Eduard and Rosina Kalleske who planted the first vines, some of which still grow today.

With 125 acres of vineyard covering 400 acres of land, it’s a picture-perfect landscape that surrounds the homestead where current custodians, John and Lorraine raised their four children.

This is the heartland of Kalleske Wines - the oldest estate grown, certified organic/biodynamic vineyard and winery in the Barossa.

It’s here we find John, Lorraine and their sons, Tony, Kym and Troy reflecting on the lifestyle and business opportunities the property has provided them.

John says he knew he was destined to continue the family’s farming tradition.

“I only did one year at Nuriootpa High School. I turned 14 and just couldn’t wait to leave and come home to work!” laughs John.

Yet he admits to feeling “disillusioned” when it came to using chemicals.

“We had never used chemicals in our vineyard, but on the farming side we were,” John says.

“Maybe it was psychological, I don’t know, but every time I had to spray the land, I would get a headache.

"So, I started thinking outside the square and looked into alternatives.

"In the mid 80s we started experimenting with biological methods. It was pretty hard going because there wasn’t a lot of information out there at that stage.

“Even when we found an organic workshops or seminar, there were hippies around every corner!”

Yet that didn’t deter John and Lorraine from seeking knowledge and putting it into action.

“We started having success,” John continues.

“We had a block that made Grange more consistently than the others and when we did soil tests, that block had the most balanced soil on the farm.

"We addressed the situation on the whole property and added what we needed to bring the soil into balance.

"After we went down that path, we really started noticing the improvement.

“It’s similar to human health….if you are eating a good diet, you have a strong immune system and your body is healthier.

“Then we thought because we had gone as far as we could on the organic side, why not use biodynamics as the kind of pinnacle of organic? We started that in the late 90s.

>> Troy, Tony, John, Lorraine and Kym Kalleske.

“I suppose we were ahead of our time. It’s much more of an ‘in thing’ now.

"But I always say, if you are going to do it for the money, just forget it. It’s got to be in the heart.”

And “in the heart” it is, with middle son, Kym sharing the same passion and joining the farming operations in 1989.

“I finished Year 11 though!” laughs Kym with a cheeky grin directed at his dad.

Mechanically minded like his father, he enjoys managing soils and growing organic crops, tending to vines and ensuring livestock have the best life through holistic farming practices.

“We planted a lot of vineyard in the late 90s. That’s when we really started expanding,” Kym says.

“Because we were organic, we found our under vine weed growth was increasing as the soil was improving.

"We were using a locally made dodger and doing half a row at time.

"It just didn’t cut it - it was too slow and too time consuming. So, we developed our own equipment to handle the extra acreage more efficiently.”

Meanwhile eldest brother, Tony, who had a

successful career working in the recruitment industry, was in discussions with his little brother Troy, a talented winemaker employed at Penfold’s.

The two were hatching a plan to combine their family’s talents by making and selling “Kalleske Wines” using the fruit grown on the farm.

“Tony and I decided to talk to Dad, Mum and Kym to see if we could get a few grapes and start making wine ourselves,” Troy explains.

“I live over the hill just here in the back corner of the property, so we started off in my shed in 2002 with a fairly basic setup,” adds Tony.

Both continued to work full time, working evenings and weekends to achieve their ambition.

“Two years later, we started selling our wine and making more…. I left my job and made making Kalleske Wines my fulltime gig. Tony came in full time a year after that,” Troy says.

After outgrowing two sheds, a large hay shed on the farm was re-purposed into the winery that stands today.

Then, in 2013, Tony and Troy opened a cellar door alongside their office in Greenock.

“Troy spends most of his time at the winery. He’s production focused,” explains Tony who

spends most of his time at the office. “He gets it into bottle, then I take it to the big wide world!

“Mum, Dad and Kym do what they do best, which is farming and growing grapes and we don’t interfere in that side of things.

“It’s all very complementary, but separate at the same time, and it works very well.”

Lorraine says Kalleske Wines’ point of difference is “the grapes are grown with love”, especially now every berry they harvest ends up in a bottle bearing the family’s name.

And with 13 grandchildren, including Dylan who recently completed studies in oenology and viticulture, she is confident the Kalleske tradition is in good hands.

The choice to rid the farm of chemicals and go organic/biodynamic is not only bearing fruit, but also gaining international recognition.

John can’t help but feel a little chuffed.

“The 2011 Clarry’s GSM won the trophy for Australia’s Best Red Wine and the trophy for the World’s Best Biodynamic Red Wine at the London International Wine Challenge and that’s from a vintage regarded as the worst ever for the Barossa,” he says.

“It does make you feel like you are doing something right when you can achieve that.”


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There's a real presence to 2018 in the Barossa, and Signature takes this drought season in its stride. The confident tension and structural framework of Cabernet is the perfect foil for the succulent, glossy, black-fruited generosity of Shiraz. The result is delicious and enduring in equal measure.

The deep-set spice and dark berry fruit depth of these 1949 vines is presented with magnificent clarity and detail in the delightfully elegant 2021 season, making for one of the finest Vine Vales yet. Finely textured tannins drift effortlessly yet confidently through a finish of undeterred persistence.

Ian Hongell has brought clarity and freshness without in any way diminishing the depth or impact that define Torbreck. Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro (65/20/15%) from 45 sites across the Barossa unite with all the depth and power of old vines (up to 150 years) in a low-yielding season. Spicy dark berry fruits and plum liqueur are beautifully supported by fine-grained tannins, wonderfully resolved and textured by 20 months in large French oak foudres.


The inimitable, sheer power and towering grandeur that is Grange attain incredible depth and breadth in this warm and dry season, toned by a mild autumn. Profound persistence and unrelenting determination characterise a monumental vintage of confidence, direction and assurance; inimitably Grange and veritably delicious.


The Gask has long been one of my favourite Torbrecks, and 2020 is one of the greatest. The elevation of the Eden Valley and the gently guiding hand of Ian Hongell have raised a wonderfully articulate exemplar of Shiraz in all of its impenetrable depth of colour and a burst of peppery, spicy flavour. A vortex of satsuma plum and blackberry fruit swirls in circles of finely textured tannins.



Impeccable tannin management is the holy grail for sparkling Shiraz, and this is an exemplar. Beautifully crafted, uniting the texture of barrel fermentation with the creaminess of bottle fermentation and lees age. The result is a finesse that calls for but a refreshingly light dosage, leaving the main act to magnificent and refined black fruits and pepper.


From a single Eden Valley vineyard planted by Cyril Henschke on Cranes Range Road in 1968, this is a Shiraz abounding in character and personality. A high 500m of elevation draws out its inherently spicy side, given a savoury lilt by the cool 2017 in Chinese five spice, sage and pan juices. A supple palate of fine-grained tannins and well-poised acidity as been impeccably polished, making for immediate approachability.


Yalumba's precious old tawny stocks have manifested in a remarkable trilogy available only through cellar door. The entry blend (if ever you'd call it that) is astonishingly seamless, a savoury style with judiciously measured portions of rancio, fruit, tang and sweetness. Line and length are something else.

The child of a hot, low-yielding season, this is a RunRig of power and impact, honed sensitively by Ian Hongell to uphold freshness and character. Layers of black fruits, liquorice straps and spices of all kinds flow into a long finish of black cherry liqueur and satsuma plum conserve. Finegrained tannins provide impressive framework to a grand finish.



Ben Glaetzer was captured by the best fruit he'd ever seen, from specific individual vines up to 110 years of age across a small number of vineyards in Ebenezer in the great 2016 vintage and matured it for 16 months in 100% new French oak hogsheads. The result is a powerful take on Barossa Shiraz, even by Glaetzer standards, confidently supported by a fine-grained tannin structure thanks to Glaetzer's cold ferment. It holds good length and density.

Teusner's beloved unoaked GMS (55/35/10%) captures the strawberry and raspberry purity of Grenache in this cool season. Mataro strategically plays second fiddle, building a fine-grained tannin scaffold that provides confidence and endurance with no need for oak. A touch of the spicy black fruits of Shiraz completes a delicious and compelling blend.

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There's a gorgeous elegance, wonderfully fragrant lift and cool season spring in the step of this beloved Barossa Rosé. Built around Grenache (54%), the balance is made up by impeccably handled Mataro - you'd never guess it from the refined mouth feel. And all the pink grapefruit, red berries and rose petals that we adore in this beautiful bottle.


There's an impenetrable black fruit and liquorice depth and power to this Lyndoch Shiraz, nicely lifted by 9% Roussanne. Co-fermentation assures integration, while a long spell in a big French oak foudre polishes fine-grained tannins and guides a long finish.


The effortless purity of the great 2021 harvest brings a wonderful brightness to this Stonewell district Shiraz. Textbook Barossa, brimming with satsuma plums, blackberries, liquorice straps, and dark chocolate, perfectly framed in fine-grained tannins.


From one of the most elevated sites on the Barossa Valley floor, on Roennfeldt Road between Greenock and Marananga, this is a wine that captures the blackberry and cassis intensity of Barossa Cabernet in a hot, low-yielding year, all the while upholding tension and vibrancy of tangy acidity, fine-boned tannins and just the right amount of capsicum and leaf. 10% Shiraz and two years in 40% new French oak barriques finish it perfectly.

This single block of 28 year old vines in the Hill of Grace Vineyard presents a compelling and characterful wine in a cooler guise in the tricky 2017 season. Vibrant acidity propels violet fragrance and layers of signature spice. It will appreciate time for its acid/tannin balance to soften.



After 249 days on skins and no contact with oak, this is a Grenache of supple, slippery texture that contrasts with tannin bite. Primary, spicy red berry fruits have evolved to a more savoury demeanour of charcuterie accents, holding impressive length and character.

From estate vineyards in Vine Vale and Pewsey Vale, this is a fine-boned Barossa Shiraz of measured, medium-bodied grace that furnishes the space to showcase its sites in mineral tannins that draw out a long finish. Gentle black olive and blackberry fruit is eloquently supported by dark chocolate French oak.



The sweet berry fruit core of the Barossa is well set against the spicy mood of Grenache. Fine-boned tannins contrast a supple mouth feel. Milk chocolate French oak (12.5% new) plays a confidently supportive role. Nicely balanced, with medium persistence.


Extending the St Hugo GI from Coonawarra to Barossa and now undeclared regions in South Australia is a daring ploy, but the result speaks for itself. By stark contrast to its Formula 1 livery, there's restraint and poise here, with crunchy black fruits and liquorice laced together with fine-grained tannins. There's plenty under the bonnet for the long-haul.

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Emma Gurney and Ray Sich

Married at Lambert Estate Wines October 8, 2022

After living in Canada for some time, three years ago Ray Sich got down on one knee proposing to Emma Gurney at the magical Yellowstone National Park, marking an important day on the Sich calender.

Emma and Ray from Nuriootpa were married on October 8, 2022 at Lambert Estate Wines, Angaston, surrounded by 50 guests, celebrating their new chapter.

On the special day, Emma wore an ivory/blush coloured A-line dress from Forever You Bridal at Mawson Lakes, with flowers decorating the wonderful gown.

The groom, Ray, wore a grey blazer with a white shirt, black pants, tie and boots, all from Tarocash.

There was no overall theme for the day, but Emma and Ray went for “natural and earthy colours” and wanted to create an intimate but relaxed feel for the day.

Throughout the wedding, there were standing

canapes so “everyone could mingle and have a good time, which I think we achieved well,” said Emma.

The now married couple have been together for almost 10 years, with Emma reflecting on their wedding day, saying, “we loved every single moment but the dance floor was definitely a highlight.”

“We felt so comfortable with our photographers, they were amazing and felt like a part of the wedding party... They blended in so well with our family and friends.

“The venue made things so easy and stress free, they were extremely accomodating and helpful with all requests... We couldn’t recommend them enough.”

Emma and Ray included three cars in their wedding, Holden Monaros to be exact, with one of them being a big part of Ray’s life.

“It was one of the cars Ray had grown up with and has seen it built from the ground up,”

Emma said.

“We were very grateful to have three beautiful Monaros which were a massive feature in our photos.”

With the day now over, and fond memories and photos to remember that moment in time, Emma and Ray are living it up in Tasmania for four weeks, spending quality time celebrating their newly-wed status.


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Kristi Wandner and Darren Nietschke

Married at Neukirch Church in Ebenezer October 1, 2022

After both Kristi and Darren had been going on separate family holidays to Streaky Bay for over fifteen years, the pair finally crossed paths at the Streaky Bay Hotel and the rest was history.

After being together for four years, Darren popped the question at their favourite beach near Streaky Bay, a spot that holds sentimental value for them both.

Kristi Wandner and Darren Nietschke of Ebenezer, tied the knot at Neukirch Church and enjoyed their reception on a private property in Ebenezer.

This isn’t just any private property however, but somewhere close to the bride and grooms heart.

“We held our reception in a clear marquee on the property where we plan to build a house,” Kristi said.

Neukirch Church is quaint with a traditional feeling, helping create a wonderful atmosphere

and a magical moment in a historical building like no other.

For the big day, Kristi wore a white gown from Made with Love, with beautiful detailing and a v-neck cut in the front.

Kristi’s bridesmaids flourished in varied black dresses to contrast the bride in white.

Darren wore a tailored suit designed by Beg Your Pardon, with a grey suit jacket perfectly accompanying Kristi’s gown.

The groom entourage wore black and white outfits, with ties and suspenders, further matching the bridal party.

“We weren’t aiming for a theme as such, we just wanted something that was elegant and that complimented the beautiful gum trees on the property, as they were the backdrop in the clear marquee,” Kristi said.

The day turned out exactly how they thought, going super quick but without fault.

“We really loved how everything turned out and the day overall was perfect, we were incredibly fortunate with the weather,” said Kristi.

“We keep reflecting on it and thinking that it just went so quickly!”

The newly-wed couple have a one year old son, Lewis, and are looking forward to their 2023 New Zealand honeymoon.


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Barons of Barossa Induction

The Barons of Barossa celebrated a major milestone with 78 people as Pastor Detlev Vosgerau gave the traditional blessing of The Barossa Cellar Heritage Shiraz Vineyard.

Louisa Rose, head of the fraternity, unveiled a special commemorative plaque. Later she announced as new Barons: Sally Johnson, Tim Smith, Phil Armstrong, Virginia Armstrong, John Hughes, Chris Rogers and Nigel Blieschke.

1. Michelle Sawade and Wendy Pech.

2. Louisa Rose Grand Master Baron. 3. James Irvine. 4. Ruby Stobart and Sally Johnson. 5. Carla Wiese-Smith, Tim Smith, Tomas Wiese-Smith and Amanda Kimber. 6. Stephen and Prue Henschke, Anne Hatcher, Chris Hatcher, Catherine and Peter John.

7. Richard Hughes, Anne Hughes, John Hughes, Belinda Hughes and Adrian Hoffmann.

8. Barbara Storey, Tony and Angela Robinson.

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Barossa Village unveils Residency 21


Barossa Village, Nuriootpa, has officially opened ‘Residency 21’, a $3 million extension of their residential aged-care facilities.

The new facilities allow Barossa Village to extend their capacity from 100 beds to 120 beds and also includes new specialised memory support and rehabilitation wings, along with direct internal access to hydrotherapy facilities.

The facility was opened by Barossa Village CEO, Ben Hall; Member for Barker, Tony Pasin and Barossa Village Chairman, Helen O’Brien.

1. Sam Mason and Simon Newbold.

2. Sharon Brighurst, Tom Falconer and Angie Falconer.

3. Suzanne Hicks and Jamie-Lee Hunt.

4. James and Heather Bartsch.

5. Adam Francis and Matt Kowald.

6. Shane Waechter and Roger Leske.

7. Barossa Village Chairman, Helen O’Brien; Sally Collings, Joy Leske and Mayor of the Barossa Council, Bim Lange OAM.

8. Ben Martini, Rhys Nielsen and Matthew Pezzuto.

9. Barossa Village CEO, Ben Hall; Barossa Village Chairman, Heather O’Brien; and Member for Barker, Tony Pasin.

10. Kevin Renshaw, Matt McCulloch, John Angas and Barbara Storey.

Photography Gretel Mead
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