Chateau Tanunda

Day twenty of the 2019 BloggingA-Z Challenge which I am participating in during the month of April. The challenge is to post six days a week, Sunday respite or catching up with other participants and their posts. Each of the twenty-six days represents a letter of the alphabet and while each post stands alone they form part of a loose theme reflecting our retirement trip around Australia. Today’s letter is T.


A week in the Barossa Valley and you understand why people visit the region and don’t want to leave. One of the great wine producing regions of Australia the countryside is carpeted with vineyards planted as early as the nineteenth century. As wine drinkers the choice of cellar doors was tortuous. So many from which to choose, so little time. We understand why people visit and never leave. It’s tempting.

Chateau Tanunda was special for more than its heritage as one of the oldest vineyards in the valley. It was where we finally caught up with friends we had not seen in more than thirty-nine years. P and I were bridesmaid for one another back in the 80s and our first children were born within a month of each other. And then life got in the way and nearly four decades later we’re catching up at the iconic Chateau Tanunda for a tour of the old winery and lunch to follow.

With just the four of us on the tour it was like we had a private tour. Our guide was informative and to start things off on the right footing made sure we had a glass of wine to enjoy as we toured the grande olde dame of the Barossa. The light was not good the day we visited, as you can see from the photo above, but I’ve left you the link in fairness to the magnificence of the architecture and history of the place.

Second wine-tasting area

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