Welcome to Barossa Valley
Barossa towns have a distinctly German feel, dating back to 1842. Fleeing religious persecution in Prussia and Silesia, settlers (bringing their vine cuttings with them) created a Lutheran heartland where German traditions endure today. Cultural legacies of the early days include a dubious passion for oompah bands, and an appetite for wurst, sauerkraut and pretzels.
And of course, before the shiraz, this was – and is – Peramangk country, bordering on Ngadjuri lands further north. There's little to see here now, crediting the traditional owners, other than Peramangk Rd in Nuriootpa and an underwhelming display at Tanunda's Barossa Museum.