Bethany was the first settlement in the Barossa Valley, established in 1842 by German immigrants from Silesia.
Johann Schrapel planted the first vines on Bethany Estate in 1852. This ignited a passion for winemaking a- tradition that continues within the family six generations later.
The First Village label tells the story of the village’s establishment in the German folkloric paper cutting art “Scherenschnitte”
The Grenache fruit is sourced from low yielding old bush vines grown on their own roots rather than grafted rootstock, naturally limiting the canopy growth and allowing for better fruit exposure to sunlight. This exposure ensures even ripening of the grapes with enhanced fruit flavour esters and colour ripeness. The fruit is hand-picked very late in the season at optimal ripeness.
This is a serious, complex and utterly drinkable wine. A beguiling nose of red fruits and river stones leads you to a palate of dense, chewy fruit and fresh, fine grained tannins that lead to a long and complex finish.