Monthly Archives: April 2013

Morning Tea via Dubai, UAE!

8.11am, Tuesday 9th April, under the Clocktower, Yalumba, Angaston, The Barossa, Australia

Morning folks, there’s a chilly morning happening out there, but it’s going to be a beautiful clear Barossa day, about 26 degrees C expected. That means a t shirt for now, hoodie for later on this afternoon. But we’re in for a treat today at morning tea time! When I came back from the United Kingdom the week before Easter, it was on the big A380 Emirates bird, via the quick one hour change planes in Dubai. That’s a very skinny changeover, but I still managed to buy a stack of the fabulous local UAE and Saudi dates. So with the dust settling after a massive Barossa Vintage Festival week, I bought in a couple of kilos for the Negociants International (they make sure Yalumba goes safely to the rest of the world) crew. We made a serious dent in them, but with a considerable amount left over, our resident proper chef Lauren took them home, added brown sugar, green apple and coconut and whipped up a Lumberjack Cake for morning tea! Just like that! You have to love teamwork – here’s Lauren with the ‘before’ and ‘after’. If it tastes half as good as it looks, we’re laughing! Thanks Larry!



The Breakfast Rave pops up in Lyndoch

10.13am, Sunday 7th April, Murray Street, Angaston, The Barossa, SA, Australia

Morning folks, and it’s a sensationally sunny day out there to finish off what’s been a massive Barossa Vintage Festival week. So where would you want to be on such a magic morning? At the pop up Breakfast Rave of course……… amongst the peppercorn trees and palms down there on the red dirt at Charles Cimicky wines, southern end of the Barossa, Lyndoch. This is a seriously excellent community event – thanks very much Cherie Hausler for starting the whole thing – that shows exactly what can be achieved when you do things simply because you can……and should. So here’s how it works. The pop up location and date is broadcast on The Breakfast Rave Facebook page, the Rave team organises the menu, the cooks, and then the ‘friends’ of the Rave do the rest. Word of mouth gets the event out there, and people just turn up for breakfast.


Definitely found the right place. It’s going to be a top turnout – daylight savings time change and all. This is looking both ways from Cimickys front gate





Everything on the day is about non profit and sharing, and this is how the ‘giveaway’ table started. Folks with green thumbs potted up herbs and succulents, and you just helped yourself. Now it’s become the ‘trading table’, and whatever extra ripe fruit, herbs, plants that people have got – ends up on the table, and you just help yourself! I know……it’s very old school, good karma, and just downright neighbourly! Remember that? I couldn’t help myself – grabbed one of the figs, still cold from last nights chill, and ate it on my way down to order breakfast.





When I arrived at 8.30am, there was already a fair crowd parked on benches, blankets, and milk crates, and local olive oil producer and balladeer Johhny was knocking out a better than average acoustic version of Lou Reeds Sattelite of Love. Don’t you love it when you can actually hear the words! It’s going to be a great day.




Follow the crowd down to the kitchen and coffee bar set up under the huge old peppercorn trees, then make your choice. Rosti or Beans, blackstrap treacle cookie or choc muffin, Sumatran or Byron Bay coffee….







And local heroes Barossa Coffee Roasters – not supposed to play favourites but gee they’re good! – were in full flight. It’s always a good option to use a winery for the Breakfast Rave site, as they’ve always got a solid supply of three phase power, and decent water pressure – all really helpful when two coffee machines are both flat out. Here’s Paul & Pete keeping the caffeine flowing.



Check out the new ceramic cups on top of Petes machine – made especially for the Rave. You use them, and leave them in the crate afterwards to be washed, packed, and used at the next Rave. There’s also the bio degradable take away cups, but everything is geared to RE cycled, reusable, low impact, sustainable, minimal rubbish……and it works.



Oh, nearly forgot. I went with the Rosti, egg and avocado relish….


Also new at today’s Rave was local artisan Susanna Brown with her Really Useful Pots, and her ‘how to make a seed bomb’ sessions. Good way to get the place greener, should we actually get any breaking rains this season!





So keep an eye on The Breakfast Rave Facebook page for the date and location of the next pop up event, and do yourself a major good morning favour and go along. It’s a really nice thing. Oh….and watch out for those peppercorn trees in flower around the place, the bees love em right now!




Thanks very much to the Rave crew and Charles Cimicky – see you next time!

Barossa Vintage Festival Parade 2013

5.19pm, Saturday April 6th, Murray Street, Angaston, Barossa, SA, Australia

Afternoon folks, and it’s a warm sunny afternoon to finish off a perfect Parade day – the second last day of the 2013 Barossa Vintage Festival. It’s a very big day for Yalumba, as we’ve always put a red hot float into the Parade, and there’s always been some healthy competition for the prize in the Wineries section. Weeks of work and planning go into the event, and here’s your story of this years ‘Part…..Y’ float from Yalumba – featuring all the Y Series wines.

Yesterday, the Yalumba Nursery truck comes up to Rolf’s Carpenters Shop at the winery, and there’s still work to be done on all the ‘bits’ that go onto the truck tray. Plus the big bottles that will ‘walk’ alongside the float.



Then there’s the ‘support’ ute and trailer, which has all the elium for the balloons, and the refreshments for the Part…Y team walking the 6 kilometres of the Parade route from Nuriootpa to Tanunda.


8.15am this morning, and the convoy has made it safely to position 14 of the Parade marshalling area, and the float starts to come together.




The big bottles are last off the truck, and then it’s into warm the mini pies for breakfast – remember….. every successful army marches on its stomach!



Things are really starting to take shape. This is the easy way to get grapes onto a vine…..


The sandwich boards get fitted to the walking advertisements, led by our fearless chief winemaker Louisa Rose….thanks Warren


The balloon team gets started….



Would you buy a balloon for your child from these blokes? Broady, Jason and Matthew…..getting colourful


Busy, busy, busy…



Be careful out there…..


10 minutes to go before the Parade starts, and the group photo….




5 minutes to go – Judy gets everyone into their spots…..


Broady and the boys go fishing with the whiting from the Y Sauvignon Blanc label…….helped out by the youngsters on the back of the truck (Dad was right there with them!) “when we grow up, we’re going to work for Yalumba”….



Kirsty in charge of pruning those vines on the back of the truck…


One minute warning….




And they’re off…..




What was that fabulous Part…Y float that just went by?



Other good mates of ours in the Parade were James Lindner and the folks from Langmeil, celebrating 150 years of Freedom Shiraz…


Dave Kalleske and the crew from Rockford with the ‘it takes a lot of old Bedfords to do vintage’ convoy…



The Ashmead boys from Elderton with their Arabian Nights take on ‘your wish is our Command Shiraz’ …


And last but not least, Stuie Blackwell and the crazy crew from St Hallet with their graveyard stompers doing ‘Hallet O Ween’ …..




So there you have it, and I’ll let you know which winery took the 2013 Parade honours. See you when it’s Sunday, and most folks head for the long lunches that mark the end of the Festival. I’ll be heading to the Breakfast Rave early – they start at 8am tomorrow morning, and rumour has it they will be setting up down at Charles Cimicky wines, and you’ll find them on the Adelaide side of Lyndoch.

***News Flash – Monday 8th April – Langmeil took First Prize in the Wineries section of the Vintage Festival Parade for their 150 Years of Freedom Shiraz. Well done!!

You may call her Baroness


Congratulations, Jane!

It’s the editor here, taking control of Jane’s blog for today and for good reason. Jane Ferrari last night was inducted into the very special group known as Barons of the Barossa. This select group of men and women are chosen for the important roles they play in the Barossa wine industry and community. Jane joins true legends of the Barossa, a rare privilege and one well-deserved!

So there she was last night, up on the stage in full robes, giving an acceptance speech that had the audience eating out of the palm of her hand. But that’s nothing new. She is known around the globe for her storytelling, and that’s part of how she came to be a Baron.

You’ve probably heard Jane telling tales about Yalumba at a tasting, a dinner or just over a cup of coffee early one morning. You might have been too busy laughing to notice that you were receiving a solid education about Yalumba, the Hill Smith family, and all things Barossa.  Jane does all that tireless travelling and talking to serve a purpose: letting the world know that the Barossa is home to many treasures of the wine world, from the soils under our feet to the characters in the street to the special bottles Jane pulls out from time to time.

Now the world is getting to see what a treasure we have in Jane. Australia’s Wine Communicator of the Year in 2012. Baron of the Barossa in 2013. Congratulations again, Jane!

How do you reckon those robes would travel in Big Blue?