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Published May 28th 2017
The journey through Marananga to Seppeltfsfied has so many palm trees you expect some 'pharaonic" Egyptian scene when you arrive. Instead, there is the somewhat creepy Seppelt family mausoleum high on the hill as you near the turreted facade of the Seppeltsfield Winery complex.
Let me recommend you travel there from the Dorrien Estate turn off between Tanunda and Nuriootpa to get the full effect of the scene on arrival. You do have to ignore the distractions of many excellent Cellar Doors along the way, including Rolf Binder, Hewitson and Two Hands to name a few. While taking the turn off to Seppeltsfield from the Sturt Highway from Adelaide is faster, it is nowhere near as interesting. Or creepy.
When you arrive at the main compound, those of us who remember the old days are startled by the subtle but deep influence of Warren Randell and the foreign investment he has brought to the site. There are shades of a visit to Mona in Hobart about the place these days. Guided tours, the Jam Factory outlet, complete with resident artisans and the 5 star Fino Restaurant.
Like Mona though, no-one will stop you taking a picnic and enjoying the beautiful grounds and ambience of the place. There is even an Ice Cream stall.
This is Seppeltsfield, but not as we knew it. Mr Randell and his crew have done a great job of renewing this historical icon. The place oozes class and the staff, kitted with iPads and headsets are ready to take you on a guided tour of the darker dungeons and help you through the expansive wine tasting list.
The star of the show is still the Para Liqueur Port, the "Grange" of fortified wines.