Bethany Wines wine producer
Johann Gottlob Schrapel and his family, German-speaking emigrants from Silesia, arrived in the Barossa in the 1840s and settled in Bethany, then the region's only settlement. In 1852 they planted their first vineyard. A winecellar was built and Johann established quite a reputation as a winemaker.
However, subsequent generations concentrated on grapegrowing, selling their fruit to other winemakers. It wasn't until 1981 that 5th generation descendants Geoff and Robert Schrapel established Bethany Wines and began to vinify their own grapes once again. Today Bethany Wines is owned and run by the 5th and 6th generations of the family, a history commemorated by their
range of wines.
The winemakers favour minimal intervention, hand-pruning and hand-harvesting. This gentle approach is reflected in their gravity-flow winery, built in an old quarry overlooking the vineyards.
Those vineyards are perhaps Bethany's greatest asset, with their ancient Shiraz and Grenache vines, many over a century old, that were preserved by the family during Australia's "vine-pull" program of the 1980s.
Decanting Club wines made by: Bethany Wines
From Barossa Valley, Australia
Bethany, 'g6', old-vine Grenache
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