Fernfield Wines is a dog friendly boutique winery in Eden Valley and it is not to be missed when exploring the area with your furry friend. Their unique cellar door is housed in a beautiful stone cottage built in 1856 and their two friendly Border Collies, Dexter and Bandit, are more than happy to play all day long! Dogs are welcome inside the Cellar Door (small to medium dogs mainly as the area is very small) or on the covered outdoor seating area.
THE VINES – SUSTAINABLY GROWN, INTENSELY FLAVOURED BERRIES
Although Fernfield’s little estate is tucked away and a well kept secret, the wines have consistently won trophies and receive impressive reviews, notably three overall class trophies at the Barossa Wine Show, Gold at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show and Small Vigneron Awards as well as international wine awards.The vast majority of our wines are grown on our estate, and are expressions of Eden Valley, our totally unbiased favourite wine region. However, we will occasionally go exploring further abroad and come across something special we would like to add to our range. This is a great aspect of being a little winery, we love to pick fruit that has particularly worked in the vintage conditions and make a little single batch for you to enjoy.
Modern sustainable practices are employed to ensure soil biological health including regular application of soil nutrients through compost, mulch and fertigation. With close monitoring of soil moisture, deficit irrigation practices are undertaken for minimal water use and optimal wine character development.
As the majority of our grapes are on the estate we can closely monitor the development with regular tastes and tests ensuring that the ideal harvest date is selected. You’ll taste expressions of each vintage’s unique conditions, with elegant cool-climate Eden Valley fruit characters.
THE TEAM BEHIND FERNFIELD
The Fernfield team is made up by Scott and Bec Barr and their little helper Xavier. Wine Dogs, Dexter and Bandit the border collies should also get an honourable mention for their task of entertaining visitors.
You’ll find Bec checking the finer workings of the winery or having a laugh at the cellar door. With qualifications in chemical engineering, she is well suited to understand the complexities of wines organic chemistry. Bec runs a tight ship in the winery using methods handed down from the original settlers, the Lillecrapps, along with the latest research and a well fitted out laboratory to ensure our wines are the best expressions of our beautiful Eden Valley terroir. Bec was lucky enough to be awarded the Barossa Cellar Door person of the year in 2015, and the Australian Women in Wine awards cellar door person of the year in 2016.
Scott can often be found wandering through the vineyard, and in good weather probably doing a little more than really needs to be done. Scott has grown up in agriculture with his family farm in Pinery, taking a diversion to mechanical engineering and business management, before coming back to work with Wolf Blass and then run Fernfield with Bec.
Xavier is Scott & Bec’s young son. At two, his responsibilities including opening gates, feeding the chooks and looking cute (he’s particularly good at the last one!).