The Angas family, which has been farming the rolling countryside between the Barossa Valley and the Mount Lofty Ranges for over 170 years, is now offering visitors a rare opportunity to experience life on their historic rural property, Hutton Vale.
Celebrated for its fine wool, free-range lamb and pork and artisan food products, such as pickles and preserves, Hutton Vale is also an award-winning boutique wine producer; its Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet and Grenache vines are taken from some of Australia’s oldest plantings.
In collaboration with The Tailor, John and Jan Angas, sixth generation Barossan farmers, are opening the doors of this magnificent 2000-acre property, providing guests with a hands-on experience of life on the land. Activities include a nature walk in the hills, a structured wine tasting, fruit picking and a magnificent farmhouse lunch.
The Barossa is the wine capital of Australia, home to world-famous producers including Wolf Blass, Grant Burge and Peter Lehmann. Today, it is home to over 100 wineries, with more than 60 of these hosting cellar doors. But the Barossa (and nearby Eden Valley) is not only rich in world-beating Shiraz and Riesling – it is also rich with artisan food production combining to produce an unsurpassed breadth and depth of culinary and viticulture experience. Flavours of the seasonal produce along with traditional meats and bread abound at the local Farmer’s Market, specialist providores and on the tables of the Barossa. Over 150 years of German settlement have left the region’s picturesque towns and villages with distinct stories and histories. Visitors will find them intimate, welcoming and rewarding. Perfect grape-growing weather often means perfect weather for outdoor activities; diversions include hot air ballooning, golf, cycling, hiking, and wine-touring in everything from a stretch limo to helicopter to a trike to 1962 ex-royal Daimler!
Guests can choose from a one-day package at Hutton Vale Farm, including morning tea, guided walks, lunch and a take-home pantry pack, or a more elaborate two-day package, with a number of additional activities, including experiences at a selection of quality wineries in the Barossa region.
Hutton Vale is part of the original estate created by George Fife Angas (1789-1879), one of the architects of the Colony of South Australia. The family once controlled 28,000 acres in the Barossa, including the nearby village of Angaston. Apart from Hutton Vale the family built two magnificent country houses, Lindsay Park and Collingrove, which now offers bed and breakfast accommodation.
Today, Hutton Vale remains a highly productive family enterprise selling free range lamb, fine wool, artisan foodstuffs and estate-grown wines. The property also grows much of its own fruit, vegetables and herbs and keeps its own Isa Brown chickens and very friendly Hampshire pigs.
Jan Angas, a talented chef, says the new Hutton Vale tours are an opportunity for their guests to experience the rhythms of country life firsthand – and to sample some genuine country hospitality.
“Hutton Vale is a very special place. When people come here we like them to be part of what we’re doing and take and take them on the journey with us,” she says. “It’s a very normal life for us but it’s probably very different for the majority of people living in cities. When people have been here for a few hours they are really part of the family.”
“The Barossa has one of the connected strong cultures of anywhere in the world,” explains Jan, whose daughter Cait and her family also live on the farm. “I’m really keen to share that with anyone who is visiting with us. The real Barossans are always very generous and I like visitors to experience that generosity for themselves.”