The Last Drops from Jacob’s Creek, Australia

For our final evening in the Barossa Valley, we climbed to the top.

To the Steingarten Vineyard, on the crest of the hill, overlooking Jacob’s Creek below.

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It might be chilly up there, but the view isn’t half bad!

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We popped open a bottle of Steingarten Reisling (you can’t get much more local than that!) and sipped it as the sun set.

Snapping a memory for Instagram, of course!

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We ate a bucket of oysters, fresh out of the ocean just a few miles away.

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I couldn’t help but feel a little like Hemingway…

“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.”

A Moveable Feast

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Steingarten has an explosive history.

It’s regarded as one of the iconic vineyards of Australia. First established in 1962 after Colin Gramp (Johann Gramp’s great grandson) returned from a trip to Germany, where he had seen Riesling vines planted on steep rocky slopes.

Keen to emulate such a vineyard in the Barossa, he petitioned his family but they refused him.


He refused to take no for an answer and quietly arranged a friend and his tractor to meet him at the top of Trial Hill early one morning, and set about establishing his vineyard.

But the site was so steep that the tractor rolled away, and the ground was so hard and rocky that it could not be penetrated.

So Colin did what we all would have done.

He blew it up with dynamite!

Six years later in 1968 the first Steingarten Riesling wine was made and released soon after. The vineyard celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012. Due to the windy, exposed site and the frugal rocky soil the 50 year old vines look incredibly skinny and frail, but produce fruit full of personality and terroir.

The name Steingarten aptly means Stone Garden in German.

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And it happens to be the dreamiest of spots to watch the sun set!

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So here’s to Colin Gramp’s explosive ideas!

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The riesling was my favourite wine of the trip, and one I’ll certainly look out for in England.

It’s much, much less sweet than European riesling, and wonderful with seafood.

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Especially under a cotton candy sky, waiting for the stars to appear.

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The next morning we woke at the crack of dawn.

So set up a little breakfast barrel in the herb garden.

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We ate the flakey pastries, washed down with hot tea and listened to the birds call to each other as the sun came over the hill.

Then it was time for a tour of the vines.

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Joined by a few locals!

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We visited the Barossa sculpture park.

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And drove on through into Eden Valley.

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I have to say I was really taken aback by the sheer scale of Australia.

The place is endless.

And so, so beautiful.

The countryside is unlike anything I’ve seen. It seems to combine all of the best bits of Europe into one view; rolling green hills, shimmering eucalyptus trees, dusty tracks & flourishing vines, with the occasional kangaroo and chuckling kookaburra thrown in for good measure!

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We met a number of wildly efficient vine keepers, busy pruning the harvested vines.

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They work their way through each vine within seconds, leaving flying branches in their wake.

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All that’s left behind is a cut back skeleton, ready to burst into action come next Spring.

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Just around the corner we ran into a whole court of kangaroos!

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We stopped to say g’day.

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Before hopping off for the next leg of our Australian adventure.

This is my last post in collaboration with Jacob’s Creek, as part of the Made By experience. I hope you enjoyed following along with me!

It’s been a hoot to share it with you, and I can’t wait for the next chapter to begin…

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  • Tal

    Your trips always look breathtaking, Rose.

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  • Awesome! <3

  • Oh wow, the photos of the sunset are absolutely stunning! What an incredible view! It’s been so nice to see photos from Australia here, we’re often a bit forgotten on the travel circuit!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • That view! Thanks for sharing with us Rose.

    Katie x

  • mariel

    those kangaroos look so cute and the Australian scenery just looks mesmerizing <3 it does look like a combined scenery of many European countries, how beautiful 🙂

  • As someone who doesn’t like wine, I didn’t think I’d enjoy these posts but I read along anyway.
    But honestly? I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the history side of it. Wine isn’t a quick product, each element requires time and I love that each bottle sold has had to go through such a time consuming process before being placed on the table! xo

  • Oh my gosh the Kangaroos!! Just look at them! They look much larger than I imagined them to be!

    Looks like you’ve had a great trip so far!


  • So many kangaroos in one place! They want to be a part of the wine-making process. 🙂 Australia looks positively gorgeous!

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  • Your photography here is stunning Rosie! My sister has been to Australia for her honeymoon and couldn’t stop
    raving about it, but I haven’t had the privelege just yet – one day soon I
    hope!! Looking forward to seeing more of your adventures, I’ve been avidly
    following along on Instagram! x

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  • That view over the valley is incredible! I’ve never been to Australia before but all of my friends who have studied abroad there absolutely loved their experience and always talk about how pretty the countryside is!

  • I am dying to go to Australia one day, I can’t get enough of these pictures…especially when a kangaroo hops in to say hi! That sunset was to die for, especially when paired with white wine and oysters!

    Taylor xo – T’s Spoonful of Sugar

  • What an amazing story, and the rolling views and expansiveness of Aus is incredible – I’d love to visit this part of the country 🙂

    Lauren x

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  • Emily Callaghan

    Australia suits you Rosie. So glad you popped down to see us! Come back again soon xx

  • Beautiful, Rose – wine, sunsets, and cashmere. Thanks for taking us there!

  • Love! I NEED to go to there.

  • “The next chapter to begin…” Oh my Gosh I hope it’s what I think it is. I can’t wait for tomorrow to find out!!!

  • Hannah Lane

    Gorgeous photos – what a cracking view! Looking forward to the next installment 🙂

  • There is nothing I love more than a good white wine with that terroir taste! I’ll keep my eyes peeled if it ever makes its way to America! Thanks for sharing your adventure with us, you’ve only convinced me even more that a trip to Australia is in my future!


  • Wow, these photos are phenomenal. Great post as always!

    Becky xx

  • I can’t decide which is more beautiful, that sunset or that breakfast!


  • I love that photo of the two glasses of wine with the plate of oysters! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • This is my favourite post from the Jacob’s Creek series, I’ve enjoyed it so much, especially the landscape and that beautiful view! 🙂

  • Amazing photos! I love the kangaroos and the breakfast outdoors!

  • kangaroos are super cute! Oooh and I am craving fresh croissant and berries right now 😀

  • Ugh, this entire post is just making me swoon left and right. These photos are GORGEOUS. I have the mighty need to go travel. Like, right now.
    Seriously, though, this was a wonderful post. I love your views and your food and just everything.


  • Anu

    I am in love with the wine glass picture! Love the pics!


  • Such beautiful travels and photos

  • Just lovely! 🙂 Glad you had an amazing time! 🙂

  • I love the story of how Colin created the vineyard with dynamite! I’ve always been a fan of Riesling.

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  • tamsingraham

    What an amazing experience Rosie – you’re so very lucky!

  • Wow! The scenery in these shots is awe inspiring. Can’t wait to see where you head onto next.

    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Australia really does look wildly beautiful… I wish it was closer! So jealous of the kangaroos just hopping around all over the place, must have been amazing to see 🙂 Lots of love, Andrea xxx

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  • Utterly wonderful, I loved Australia so much when I visited, I wish it was easy for me to pop back there!
    Lots of love,

    SilverSpoon London

  • Charlotte Elizabeth

    It’s my dream to travel to Australia as well as tasting in a vineyard, these photos make me want to do it today!

  • La Travelera

    Wow everything look fantastic!! It feels amazing just looking at the pictures xxx
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