Often making the lists of “Top 10 Wineries in the Barossa Valley,” Seppeltsfield Winery has been one of the major players in the region since it was established – just 15 years after the European settlement of South Australia. The estate combines over 420 acres of beautiful old vines, gardens, and heritage architecture on the western ridge of the Barossa Valley.
As an Adelaide wedding venue, the grandeur of the property is obvious well before arrival. The avenues approaching Seppeltsfield Winery are lined with over 2000 Canary Island Date Palms, spanning over 5 kilometres long. This makes a spectacular welcoming drive for arriving guests and the approaching bridal car. Beyond the palms are gently rolling hills covered in a patchwork of vines and cereal crop fields.
The grounds of Seppeltsfield Winery houses its own sort of local mini Barossa village, incorporating its cellar door and tasting rooms alongside FINO restaurant, Octeine Coffee, JamFactory Contemporary Art 7 Design studios and Vasse Skin Care. These are all nestled amongst nurtured gardens and beautiful old buildings.
There are three lovely locations to host ceremonies at this wedding venue:
- Elm Walk is known as the most tranquil spot on the estate, with a capacity of 50 – 200 guests. Lined by majestic elm trees, the walkway provides rich greens in summer and beds of oranges and yellows in autumn. Lush inner gardens surround the seating area, reached through a single entrance that sees the bride approach on a sweet heritage bridge over Greenock Creek.
- Wisteria Gazebo is a delicate gazebo frame that supports bright purple Wisteria blooms in March and October. At other times of the year, it ranges from green foliage to a dainty frame from which to hang lights, flowers, or streamers. Located on lawns near the dining hall, the location can host 50 – 500 guests.
- Wine Makers Lawn is only available for wedding ceremonies that are packaged with a reception. This naturally gorgeous location is highly sought after, mainly due to the amazing glory vine that covers the entire courtyard wall. Offset by pretty arched windows, this makes a stunning background for couples to say their vows in front of all year round. The location can fit 50 – 300 guests.
All ceremonies come with up to 48 Americana garden chairs, a singing table with chairs, and sparkling wine for toasting. Two meetings with the wedding planner are included, and if the weather turns poor, the nearby 1890 Historic Dining hall can become a sheltered alternative.
Receptions at Seppeltsfield Winery are held in the unique, dedicated Vintage Cellar. The rustic interior features high ceilings and tall wooden support beams. Fairy lights and hanging florals look particularly beautiful crisscrossing between the beams – and it makes for very easy hanging. The resident events Artisan Chef, Owen Andrews, has won multiple awards for his regional-based meals, which are expertly matched with complementing Seppeltsfield wines.
As far as photo opportunities go, a huge variety of options are available at this sprawling Adelaide wedding venue complex. Traditional vineyard, barrel and cellar scenes are always popular, as well as making use of the grand historic buildings and rustic interiors. The gardens and walkways provide plenty of spots for nature-focused shots, along with romantic strolls along garden walkways.
In summary, Seppeltsfield Winery is an excellent choice for a quintessential Barossa Valley wedding. Have your entire wedding day at this historic venue from the ceremony through to the reception, or just make use of one of the beautiful ceremony locations before moving to one of many nearby options in neighbouring Barossa towns. There are a few charming accommodation options in Seppeltsfield itself, or many more in the larger town of Tanunda; an easy 10-minute drive away.