24 March 2019
On the north western side of the Barossa valley, Greenock village is a peaceful retreat set amongst vineyards established by Lutheran immigrants of the 19th century.
We spent time camped at the village oval which has a beautifully restored grandstand. Self-contained RVs can spent up to a week in lovely surroundings and a short walk into the village. It is the perfect spot for which to explore the rest of one of the oldest winegrowing region’s in the world.
Unlike many Lutheran Churches, St Peter’s does not dominate the village but sits back from the main street. Its spire can be seen from anywhere in the village.
The creek on which Greenock was established is now dry and at one time it meandered its way through the village as houses were built along its course. The village is nestled among low hills with heavy street vegetation characterised by large gnarled pepper trees. Two pepper trees were planted by Ernst Eduard Bachmann shortly after his arrival on board the “Lusitania”, from Silesia, Germany in 1881.
The village has since been planted with many other pepper trees although these are by far the largest. Their gorgeous falling crowns dominate the streetscape along with fig trees and large stands of gum trees. So much greenery gives the village a rural feel.
Ernst established himself as the local carpenter, cabinet maker, funeral director, Shell Oil and Petrol retailer, firewood, timber, paint and hardware merchant, insurance agent, glazier and grape grower.
In 1936 these occupations were taken over by Ernst’s son Wilhelm who continued his work in these roles until his death in 1974.
The village wineries have a long history with the from mid-19th century times when immigrants brought new agricultural and horticultural practices from Europe. Centuries old organic and biodynamic methods are now certified in the area allowing for the production of organic and preservative-free wines.