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Seppeltsfield was established in the Barossa in 1851 by the visionary Seppelt family. The estate was founded on the belief in the importance of providing a whole community with work, purpose and tenure for life .

Today, the fully working heritage-listed winery is undergoing a renaissance. Seppeltsfield's innovative 1888 Gravity Cellar and surrounding winery buildings have been painstakingly restored into a modern day village.

The Seppeltsfield property encompasses over 420 acres of ancient vineyards, gardens and heritage-listed architecture. A vibrant community of wine, food, craft, design and beauty awaits visitors, highlighted by a multi-award winning Cellar Door, Fino Restaurant, JamFactory Craft + Design studios and Vasse Virgin skin care.

The Seppeltsfield Cellar Door allows for an intimate wine tasting experience, through four separate circular alcoves known as 'pods'. Here, our passionate hosts will guide you through a wine tasting menu, whilst also assisting you with local recommendations on how to best enjoy your Barossa visit.

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Seppeltsfield was established in the Barossa in 1851 by the visionary Seppelt family. The estate was founded on the belief in the importance of providing a whole community with work, purpose and tenure for life .

Today, the fully working heritage-listed winery is undergoing a renaissance. Seppeltsfield's innovative 1888 Gravity Cellar and surrounding winery buildings have been painstakingly restored into a modern day village.

The Seppeltsfield property encompasses over 420 acres of ancient vineyards, gardens and heritage-listed architecture. A vibrant community of wine, food, craft, design and beauty awaits visitors, highlighted by a multi-award winning Cellar Door, Fino Restaurant, JamFactory Craft + Design studios and Vasse Virgin skin care.

The Seppeltsfield Cellar Door allows for an intimate wine tasting experience, through four separate circular alcoves known as 'pods'. Here, our passionate hosts will guide you through a wine tasting menu, whilst also assisting you with local recommendations on how to best enjoy your Barossa visit.

    Seppeltsfield 1920 100 Year Old Para Vintage Tawny - Tasting note by Andrew Caillard MW

    Seppeltsfield 1920 100 Year Old Para Vintage Tawny - Tasting note by Andrew Caillard MW

    Join Australian wine authority, historian and Master of Wine - Andrew Caillard - as he describes the tasting experience of the Seppeltsfield 1920 100 Year Old Para Vintage Tawny

    • 11 min
    Seppeltsfield 1888 Gravity Cellar - Podcast by Andrew Caillard MW

    Seppeltsfield 1888 Gravity Cellar - Podcast by Andrew Caillard MW

    Join Australian wine authority, historian and Master of Wine - Andrew Caillard - as he conveys the story of Seppeltsfield's 1888 Gravity Cellar.

    • 8 min
    Seppeltsfield 1919 100 Year Old Para Vintage Tawny - Tasting note by Andrew Caillard MW

    Seppeltsfield 1919 100 Year Old Para Vintage Tawny - Tasting note by Andrew Caillard MW

    Join Australian wine authority, historian and Master of Wine - Andrew Caillard - as he describes the tasting experience of the Seppeltsfield 1919 100 Year Old Para Vintage Tawny.

    The Seppeltsfield 100 Year Old Para Vintage Tawny is borne from the vision of Oscar Benno Pedro Seppelt, who in 1878 began the legacy of maturing single vintage Tawny for 100 years before release.

    Benno’s foresight has led Seppeltsfield to nurturing the world’s longest and only unbroken collection (lineage) of single vintage tawny since 1878; creating a living museum of Australian winemaking history and undoubtedly the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the Seppeltsfield estate.

    The Seppeltsfield 100 Year Old Para Vintage Tawny remains the only wine ever to be awarded 100/100 points (perfect score) in James Halliday Australian Wine Companion. It is also one of twenty-two wines marked as 'Exceptional' in the current edition of the Langton's Classification of Australian Wine.

    The 'Exceptional' category comprises the most highly prized of all Australian fine wines.

    • 4 min
    Seppeltsfield 1878 Centennial Cellar - Podcast by Andrew Caillard MW

    Seppeltsfield 1878 Centennial Cellar - Podcast by Andrew Caillard MW

    Join Australian wine authority, historian and Master of Wine - Andrew Caillard - as he conveys the story of Seppeltsfield's 1878 Centennial Cellar.

    Recognised as one of the most historically significant wine collections in the world, the cellar, completed by Oscar Benno Pedro Seppelt, represents the dawning of Australia's fine wine legacy. The 1878 Centennial Cellar is the birth place of the renowned Seppeltsfield 100 Year Old Para Vintage Tawny.

    • 6 min
    The history of Seppeltsfield, Barossa Valley - Podcast by Andrew Caillard MW

    The history of Seppeltsfield, Barossa Valley - Podcast by Andrew Caillard MW

    Seppeltsfield was established in the Barossa Valley by Joseph and Johanna Seppelt just 15 years after the European settlement of South Australia. Steeped in rich Barossan heritage, the estate is considered a true national treasure which helped shape the history of the Australian wine industry.

    In 1850, Joseph Seppelt, an emigrant of Silesia, purchased 158 acres of land in the Hundred of Nuriootpa from Hermann Kook, farmer of Tanunda, at £1 an acre. Designating it ‘Seppeltsfield’, Joseph’s original intention was to farm tobacco, with later Seppelt generations concentrating the estate’s efforts on grape growing and winemaking.

    The family’s business grew rapidly in the late 1800s, feeding demand from England for wines and spirits out of ’imperial preference’, as well as the supply of medicinal Brandy to Australian hospitals.

    Seppeltsfield flourished into the 20th century, as part of the Seppelt family’s expanding interests in the liquor industry, which grew to include vineyards and wineries across various Australian regions. Along with wine, the Seppelt stable included spirits such as Brandy, Gin and Vermouth, as well as an assortment of cordials, vinegars and essences.

    Whilst the Seppelt expansions of Great Western and Rutherglen (Victoria) were highly prized, it was always the original home of Seppeltsfield in the Barossa that was regarded as the jewel in the family crown.

    Regarded as one of Australia’s most successful wine dynasties, the Seppelt family maintained ownership of their wine interests, including Seppeltsfield, until 1985. B Seppelt & Sons, as it was then known, went on to evolve into a period of corporate ownership which extended nearly three decades.

    The estate returned to private ownership in 2007, now under the custodianship of proprietor Warren Randall - a qualified viticulturist and winemaker who worked for the Seppelt family during the 1980s. The estate is viewed by Warren as a custodianship of the Seppelt family legacy. He is passionate about driving the sense of community which they were renowned for establishing.

    Seppeltsfield is most famed for the Centennial Collection - an irreplaceable and unbroken lineage of Tawny, every vintage from 1878 to current year. The estate remains the only winery in the world to release a 100 year old, single vintage wine each year. The estate also boasts a remarkable collection of Apera (Australian Sherry), crossing Fino to Oloroso styles, Tokay and Muscat, all held in vast Solero nursery cellars.

    More recently, the recommissioning of the 1888 Gravity Cellar has revitalised the estate’s prowess with still wines. Super premium Barossa red varietals are once again passed through the Gravity Cellar, which enables gentle colour and tannin extraction - now a coveted modern day winemaking practice.

    Seppeltsfield is a marriage of Barossan history, community and fine winemaking endeavour. A new golden era now sees JamFactory Craft + Design Studios, Vasse Virgin skin care and gastronomic excellence contribute to an exciting renaissance of Australia’s iconic wine estate.

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

Youmakemytrip ,

Very insightful

Deep dive into the winery
Narrated by one of the most approachable MW of Australia!
fantastically well produced.

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