Seppeltsfield’s Centenary Tour in Barossa Valley
Seppeltsfield in Barossa Valley is an iconic Australian wine estate with a legacy dating back to 1851 and as such one of the oldest wineries in the country. The Seppeltsfield Estate offers many tours and experiences, but none so unique as the Centenary Tour. Awarded the Barossa Trust Mark the Centenary Tour gives you the opportunity to learn more about the Seppelt family as well as taste 100-year old wine straight from the barrel. Tasting wine that is older than your great grandparents is definitely not something you do everyday nor is there anywhere else in the world where you can pick a random year to your liking 100 years back in time from current year and taste that specific vintage. That is truly unique.
We are not even close to being wine connoisseurs but we do have a deep appreciation of the story on how wine is made and in particular the people behind the process. And never before in our lives has this story been so captivating as here at The Seppeltsfield Estate.
THE HISTORY OF SEPPELTSFIELD
The Seppelt family has an intriguing history with roots back to the 1850s when Joseph and Johanna Seppelt established Seppeltsfield, with the original idea to farm tobacco. Eventually this changed with the advancement of the second generation and focus then turned towards grape growing and winemaking – a smart move to say the least.
Entrance to the Cellar Door and Fino Resturant.
Seppeltsfield is regarded as one of ”Australia’s most successful wine dynasties and considered a true national treasure which helped shape the history of the Australian wine industry”. A part of what makes Seppeltsfield so unique is their Centennial Collection – an unbroken lineage of Tawny which includes every vintage from 1878 to current year. It’s the only winery in the world to release a 100-year old single vintage wine each year.
The Seppelt Family around the 1900s, with Benno and Sophie Seppelt in the middle – the 2nd generation.
THE CENTENARY TOUR
We had the great privilige of enjoying a private Centenary Tour which is a truly remarkable once in a lifetime experience, and the jewel in the crown of The Seppeltsfield Estate. Guided around estate by Seppeltsfield’s Brand Ambassador Nigel Thiele we truly had a wonderful and memorable time. On the Centenary Tour you visit the heritage listed Seppelt family homestead where you get to see how they lived and learn more about their history. After that you continue through the blending cellar and then get to enjoy a private and comfortable tasting of super-premium fortified wines in the luxurious VIP mezzanine lounge while soaking up the atmosphere of the cellar door.
A part of the Seppeltsfield Homestead where they all got together to have dinner and family conversations.
This is the start of the Centenary Tour where you learn more about the Seppelt family history.
A visit to the Seppelt Family Homestead is followed by a private tasting of super-premium fortified wines in the luxurious VIP mezzanine lounge, which overlooks the Cellar Door and tasting alcoves.
A selection of Para Tawnys, where you taste 10, 18, 21 and 28-year old fortified wine.
You could really taste the difference and in our oppinion the 21-year old Tawny was our favorite mainly due to its perfectly balanced sweet caramel taste.
Tawny is a fortified red wine with over 17% alcohol content that have been aged for a long time in oak barrels.
The highlight of the Centenary Tour is undoubtedly when you step into the Centennial Cellar and get to taste your year of birth Tawny straight from the barrel as well as the legendary 100-year old Para Vintage Tawny. The Centennial Cellar comprises the world’s longest and only unbroken lineage of single vintage wines (Tawny) and dates all the way back to 1878 when Benno Seppelt started the tradition. This tradition of laying down a barrel of the finest wine has continued for every year for the past 100 years, and continues to this day.
Walking amongst handmade oak barrels in the Centennial Cellar which now comprises an unbroken lineage of every vintage from the current year back to 1878.
The tradition of laying down a barrel of the finest wine from each vintage has been continued every year since 1878.
A once in a lifetime experience made possible through the vision and imagination of Benno Seppelt and family.
A remarkable collection of barrels of the finest wine dating back to the year 1878 – the longest unbroken lineage of single vintage wines in the world.
Studying the red color while trying to grasp the comprehensive process behind the small amount of incomparable sweet Tawny that have made its way into our hands.
Tasting our birth years, Sofia 1990 and Fredrik 1988. Here with Seppeltsfield Brand Ambassador Nigel Thiele.
The whole process of standing there watching someone absorb 100-year old wine from a hand crafted oak barrel with the help of a wine thief and then hand you this glass of sweet Tawny for you to exercise your wine palate was in a way surreal. It’s like the Seppelt family figured out an ingenious way to travel in time through the senses of smell and taste – and by so doing literally allow future generations the privilige to embrace a part of bygone history and Seppelt family legacy.
Having a great time with Nigel on the Centenary Tour.
Nigel providing us with a taste sampel of the 100-year old Para Vintage Tawny.
How about a stroll down memory lane?
The legendary 100-year old Para Vintage Tawny, which we tasted straight from the barrel.
There are also several other experiences available at Seppeltsfield such as the daily tours and tastings or why not join in on one of the other Centennial Cellar Experiences, such as the Taste Your Birth Year or Moments in History tours.
The Cellar Door is located in the original 1900s Seppelt Bottling Hall and consists of four separate circular tasting alcoves or PODS. Here you can enjoy seated tastings and mingle with friends or family in comfort as well as choose from a range of red and white wines. The ambience and atmosphere is relaxed and we definetly recommend spending some time here.
Relaxing in the Cellar Door, unwindig after an epic Centenary Tour.
Stopping by the Cooperage was a fun and informative experience where we met with Andrew and his team who greeted us with warmth. They were busy dismantling retired Seppeltsfield barrels to cut oak staves, re-shave, re-toast and then reassemble again – using traditional hand-tool techniques.
With a Cooperage history dating back to the 1800s – the fashioning of oak timbers into barrels for wine and spirit maturation is a proud tradition upheld at Seppeltsfield and we were honored to be given the opportunity witness a portion of this while visiting.
Even though we didnt try it ourselves it is actually possible to book the Cooper for a day Experience, where you go behind the scenes and work side by side with Andrew.
Seppeltsfield Winery is located on 730 Seppeltsfield Road in the beautiful and world-renowned Barossa Valley wine district in South Australia, just outside of Adelaide.
Sunset over The Seppeltsfield Estate in Barossa Valley. The Avenue of Palms cutting through the heart of Seppeltsfield.
When you are approaching Seppeltsfield you will cross through the Avenue of Palms – which is a 5 km trail of palm trees that were planted by Seppeltsfield workers during the Great Depression in the 1930s. In total there are now more than 2000 palm trees lining the sides of Seppeltsfield road.
HOW TO BOOK
Visiting Barossa Valley should be at the top of any bucket list while you are in Australia and a visit to this famed region is not complete without stopping by Seppeltsfield Winery. With plenty of tours and experiences there is something for everyone – ranging from relaxed tastings in the Cellar Door or dinner at Fino restaurant to unique once in a lifetime experiences in the Centennial Cellar. In our opinion it doesn’t get much better than this.
Book your specific experience through the book your experience button below or surf to Seppeltsfield website right here.
Seppeltsfield is an exclusive member of Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia, an elite collective of estates offering unforgettable experiences beyond the traditional cellar door.
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