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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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

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The balloon team gets started….

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

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Busy, busy, busy…

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Be careful out there…..

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

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

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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”….

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

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One minute warning….

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And they’re off…..

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

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

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

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

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

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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!!

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