Another winery that should be on everyone’s list is the historic Seppeltsfield winery. Initially,we were confused by the fact that a jam factory was also advertised as being onsite. Some of us looked forward to actually visiting a jam making factory. But as we found out upon arrival, there is no jam factory or even jams of any sort for sale! It is actually an art design studio showcasing local designs! Some of them were quite good but obviously not what we were expecting. Sigh… Nevertheless, I was not here for jams. Seppeltsfield is an iconic winery and has a rich history.
First up, one cannot miss the stately palms that line both sides of Seppeltsfield road. I don’t believe any other wine region in Australia can boast a stretch as pretty as this. Planted during the Great Depression by Seppeltsfield employee who were kept on despite having no work, the 10km stretch has almost 2,000 plus date palms.
The proprietors and owners along this stretch of road is rightly proud of this heritage and have used this common thread as an identity for their community. Hey, they even have their own website! (www.seppeltsfieldroad.com)
Then when you enter the slick looking winery that clearly looks new and recent, you find that they have kept much of the old structure including the famous roof with the words which I remember when I visited all those years ago.
But this is not what sets Seppeltsfield apart from other wineries. What it has which no other winery has is the oldest running collection of fortified wines that dates back to 1878. Imagine that – the entire lineage of Tawny. Every single year from 1878 to today! So, when they say one of the experiences at Seppeltsfield Cellar Door is that you can taste Tawny made in your birth year directly from the barrel, they are not kidding!
As such, It is the only winery in the world that can release a 100-year-old, single vintage wine annually, it’s renowned 100-year-old Para Vintage Tawny. So, when Benno Seppelt set aside 500 liters of his finest wine for 100 year maturation back in 1878 to celebrate the completion of his cellar, who would’ve known his ambition and vision would lead to something as special as this. It is truly a priceless legacy.