Eudunda Probus report

At our last meeting, Terene Chapman gave an interesting illustrated address on the history of the Seppeltsfield Winery.

Joseph and Johanna Seppelt came from Silesia, Prussia (present day Germany) to SA in 1851.

They bought land on the banks of the Greenoch creek.

Originally Joseph wanted to grow tobacco, but as the climate was unsuitable, he managed a dairy and then planted vines.

After only 18 years, Joseph died and his wife died two years later.

A son Benno and wife Sophie, who had 13 children, took over the management of Seppeltsfield and its vineyards and employed over 100 workers.

During the Depression years, to keep all the workers employed, he got them to propagate and plant over a thousand palm trees, which now beautifully line the roads.

Benno also diversified in making raspberry cordial,vinegar and brandy.

In 1878 he began maturing Tawny Port from each year's vintage and this is kept for 100 years before its release, thus making it one of the world's rarest and most significant wine treasures.

Seppeltsfield is now privately owned and in 2014 a restaurant was established, to cater for the thousands of tourists visiting the winery.

The next Eudunda Probus meeting will be held on October 18 in Eudunda Hall at 9.45am, at which Michael and Carolyn Doering will give an illustrated talk on their recent South African safari. All welcome.

This story Eudunda Probus report first appeared on Barossa & Light Herald.