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View from Bethany - Barossa Valley


Hobart, Australia

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Featured by the I Shoot Raw Group on 10/30/11

View from the garden in front of Bethany Wines Cellar Door of vineyards on the Eastern foothills of the Barossa Range in the famous Barossa Valley near Adelaide in South Australia.

Johann Gottlob Schrapel and his family arrived in South Australia from Silesia on the ship “George Washington” in 1844, just eight years after the colony was settled.

Like many of their fellow Germanic migrants they made their way by ox cart to Bethany, the Barossa Valley’s first settlement, where they established a home and cleared the land to grow crops and graze animals. The Schrapels planted their first vineyard in 1852 from cuttings carefully nursed from Europe. A wine cellar was also built, but despite Johann’s reputation as an early colonial winemaker, the family concentrated on grape growing rather than winemaking for the next four generations.

More than a century later in 1981, Johann’s fifth generation descendants, brothers Geoff and Robert Schrapel, established Bethany Wines in a quarry, where the pioneers had hewn stone for their homes, high in the Barossa Ranges overlooking the family’s vineyards and the historic village of Bethany.

Taken with Pentax k-r on 16 October 2011 at Bethany, near Adelaide, South Australia.
Lens Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6
ISO 200
0 EV
1/200 sec.
Hand held

Minor adjustments to lighting and image converted to JPEG for uploading.

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