The Barossa Valley has a heritage as rich as the deep brooding shiraz wines for which the region is famous. German and English settlers have lived here since the 1840’s and through good times and bad, a sense of community has evolved, which lives on today.

In 1944, a War Memorial Committee was established in Nuriootpa to create new facilities in the expending community: a swimming pool, kindergarten, library, youth club and ultimately accommodation for the Barossa’s elderly.

Stage One saw a number of independent living units built in Nuriootpa from 1962 onwards and in 1970 a nursing home was opened at a cost of $120,000.

Additions during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s expanded the nursing home until a strategic decision was made to build a new complex, The Residency, which was opened in 2005.

Barossa Village now has more than 160 independent living units, provides home care services to over 80 clients living in their own homes, and The Residency accommodates up to 80 full time and respite clients, with construction of an additional 20 rooms to be completed by late 2015.

  • When both of my children went off to university I was at a bit of a loose end. I didn't really want to return to full time work but I knew I still had a lot to give. Now I have a weekly meeting with several Barossa Village residents - we have a coffee, a chat and I help them with their shopping. It's a rewarding part of my week.
    Glenys (46)
  • "I live by myself in my own home at least 20 kilometres from Barossa Village. But I get involved in all of their social programs including trips to wineries, picnics and film afternoons. I really look forward to my days out and a few laughs."
    Jane (82), Angaston
  • "My 80 year old mother had a fall and broke her shoulder. The level of service offered by Barossa Village was incredible - showering, dressing, driving to doctor's appointments. I live interstate and couldn't be with her all the time. It made me feel a lot happier that she was well looked after and she also recovered quickly."
    James (48), Melbourne
  • "My Dad really feared losing his independence but after Mum died he wasn't eating properly and had several falls. The Residency staff were very sensitive to his needs and made sure he had plenty of space and time to adjust when he moved in. Now he has made several mates, has put on weight and is telling jokes again."
    John (51), Tanunda
  • "Dad has dementia and was just getting too much for Mum. She didn't want to give up on him, but she need a break so we arranged a trip to Melbourne to see an AFL game with the grand kids. The Barossa Village Respite Care program was a lifesaver for both of them."

    David (48), Tea Tree Gully
  • "We just love retirement in the Barossa. It is a real country community but with all the health, shopping and sporting facilities you would expect in the city."
    Joe (58) and Helen (55)