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Published June 3rd 2014
Barossa's newest top quality kid friendly winery
Just off the beaten track, you might not have come across Yelland and Papps, but it's a destination worth finding. Yelland and Papps (YP) winery and cellar door is located on Nuraip Road, just a stones throw from the Barossa Valley Way between Tanunda and Nuriootpa. With neighbours like Penfolds and Maggie Beer, YP is demonstrating Barossa Valley quality, amongst good company.
Picture rolling down the short dirt road amongst rows of vines juxtaposed against the towering Penfolds tanks on the Northern horizon to the Yelland and Papps gate. Curl around the driveway past the barrels, basket presses and tyre swing to the homely cottage tasting room and winery shed. The grounds, complete with tyre swing, table and chairs on the grass and rustic 'tasting room' sign pointing the way, are as welcoming as any. A fantastically kid-friendly space, the YP cellar door is secluded and an endearing playground for toddlers and tastebuds alike.
Yelland and Papps have a good range of high quality wines available for tasting
On the occasion of my visit, I arrived as an unannounced, anonymous visitor, rolling up mid-afternoon on a weekday of no significance. Michael, the winemaker casually emerged from the shed, introduced himself and accompanied me to the tasting room. Even as a quasi-local, being personally greeted by a winemaker is always an exciting experience. When that winemaker continues around behind the tasting bar you know you are in for a treat.
The wines at YP are about quality over quantity but have a good range on for tasting. YP produce both white and red including a couple of different varieties in different ways and it is a terrific experience to be able to sample the same grape that has been handled and made in a slightly different way to the next. A little more time on skins or in oak can come dramatically change the flavour, texture and feel of the wine. Michael and the small YP team are happy to discuss these nuances, accompanied by some well-designed labels that pack all the essential information into an aesthetically pleasing design.
YP operate an organic farm and wine production and are a proud member of Willing Workers On Organic Farms (WWOOFers). This means they are involved in every step of the process and can tell you everything from where the grapes were grown and even who picked them, through to the ingredients in the bottle and exactly how they got there. Rumor has it that organic wine doesn't cause hangovers: Certainly worth trying a bottle or two to test that theory out!
everything you need to keep the kids entertained is at Yelland and Papps
If you are in the Barossa with kids, YP is a must on any itinerary. With a young family of their own, where the little YPers play, yours are welcome too. Fully equipped with swings, trampoline and plenty of grass, it's quality tested by real toddlers. Importantly, visibility over the play area is good from the tasting room so the kids can explore the terrain while the adults explore the terroir.
Amongst family dynasties and history of the Barossa, Yelland and Papps have forged a solid foundation of their own in a very short time. A good indication that this is one winery to watch. Visit the tasting room Monday to Saturday between 10 and 4. Sunday is family day, so tastings by appointment only. See the website for more details and a list of stockists.