Author(s): Noris Ioannou
Barossa Journeys: Into a valley of tradition creates a sensory experience where the flavours of wine and food intermingle with the celebrations of festivals and music. Favourite places and enchanting, out-of-the-way sites are revealed. Explore places as evocative as the long-lost village of Hoffnungsthal, and the strange cave home of the eccentric explorer Menge. Wander through historic cemeteries and puzzle over inscriptions written in Gothic text; view traditional Fachwerk cottages and Lutheran churches. Listen to the tales of the Barossa: of the migration of Prussian refugees, the entrepreneurship of British and German winery pioneers, and the planting of Yalumba's vineyards on moonlit evenings. Follow the secret treks of the potter. The Barossa's old customs and symbols are also explained: the black Lutheran wedding dress, the tin-kettling rite, the featherstripping evenings, the pagan meanings of harvest celebrations, and the Wends and their folklore and witchcraft beliefs.