Child friendly wineries in the Barossa
Loving visiting wineries on the weekend, when time allows, I have visited many in McLaren Vale. The Barossa Valley is home to some fantastic wineries and great cellar doors which are child friendly. Wonderful lawns, footballs, open space, toys corner or a playground near by.
We headed to Lambert Wines which is a recently built family run winery. Jim Lambert, originally from the States had previously travelled to Australia for work in the 1990’s and was inspired to move to Barossa. Jim and Pam’s son Kirk, left Wisconsin to join them after studying wine making at the University of Adelaide. Kirk and his wife Vanessa are both winemakers, having met at the University of Adelaide. They own 100 acres of land which features 17 different soil types. I really love their Lambert Estate Wines which include the Silent Partner (Cabernet Sauvignon) and The Family Tree (Shiraz).
The stairs on the ground floor lead you up to an open plan room with tasting bench in the centre with the restaurant to one side and the softer furnishings and toy corner on the opposite. In the toy corner there are small child seats and a table. At the back, behind the door, is an open plan art gallery separated from the restaurant. The gallery overlooks the winery below.
I love how the heritage and modern renovations at Kalleske work together. The cellar door which you can access from the high street just by the vintage car. Such an open space that is light and bright with two huge windows that are on either side of a wooden door.
There is also a wonderful outdoor space at the back with an enclosed garden with benches and umbrellas. A boules set and footy and soccer balls with picnic blankets is available for all to use. We headed here for the Spring Affair in the Barossa back in September.
Reading the site, I have learnt that the Kalleske family have been farming and growing grapes since 1853 and the oldest vines is from 1875. Similar to the small producers in Burgundy who used to sell all of their grapes to negociants and now they are starting to make their own, they also sold grapes for six generations. Now the the seventh generation family member, Troy Kalleske with his brother Tony set up the Kalleske winery and made the first ‘Kalleske’ wine from the 120 acre vineyard. the first release was in 2004. They have planted to Semillon, Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mataro, Petit Verdot, Durif, Shiraz, Tempranillo and Zinfandel.