The Barossa

The Barossa is Australia’s most famous wine region and Barossa Village, like the local wine community, celebrates history and ageing.

The Barossa escaped phylloxera in the 1880s and it now has some of the oldest surviving Shiraz and Grenache vines in the world, which make world-renowned wines.

The region was settled by settlers from Silesia (now Poland), Germany and England in 1842 and maintains many European peasant traditions such as sausage and wurst making, Kuchen (cake) and sour dough bread baking and vegetable preserving – particularly dill pickles.


The deep sense of community, which comes from such a long multi-generational history, is reflected in the peaceful rural setting, the beauty of the vineyards, the undulating hills and the warmth of the people.

Nuriootpa is a little over an hour from Adelaide via the Northern Expressway.

  • "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 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
  • "We love packing the caravan and just heading off for a couple of months when we feel like it. Our cottage is monitored for security and the garden is maintained while we are away - it makes life very easy and flexible."
    Bill (65) and Maureen (62)
  • "I just wasn't aware that a thing like Transitional Care existed. Mum was recovering from a bowel operation and we just couldn't lift her so Barossa Village arranged a care program until she was back on her feet - which freed us up to cook her healthy meals and spend quality time with her."
    Bronwyn (49), 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
  • 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)