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Published January 2nd 2017
A barrel-full of unique hand-made goods in the Barossa
Come in and say Hi to the friendly staff
The next time you're driving the Barossa Highway from Tanunda to Lyndoch, take a detour down St. Hallett's Road and pay a visit to the Keg Factory. This great little facility incorporates the workshop and storefront for a unique range of hand-crafted goods.
You can wander the showroom and enjoy the variety of gifts and homewares – all created from wine barrel timbers. You can view the workshop through a large window and watch a video that shows the process of creating wine barrels and wine-barrel products. They also do repairs and replacement parts.
I spent some time with one of the attendants, John Hill who explained that the Keg Factory has been in operation for over thirty years and makes a range of products from kegs to furniture to bread and cheese boards and candle holders. They use reclaimed American oak barrels and traditional techniques to create authentic wood-fired and seasoned port and spirit kegs that impart a unique oak flavour to their contents.
For a bit extra, you can have your purchase personalised with wood-burning or painting by local artists.
John is obviously well-respected for his customer service according to comments made in the visitors' book, and this sentiment was echoed by regular customers, Dianne and Rodney Hollitt who were in the store at the time of my visit. Dianne and Rodney come all the way from Murray Bridge to purchase Keg Factory products as gifts for family members.
Dianne and Rodney Hollitt are regular visitors to the Keg Factory
The Keg Factory is open from 8am to 4pm on weekdays and 11am to 4pm on weekends and welcomes tour groups. If you are looking for something really unique as a gift or for your home then I recommend spending some time the Keg Factory.