Bethany Wines

South Australia | Barossa Valley

Our Review

The Schrapel family has been growing grapes in the Barossa Valley for over 140 years, their winery nestled high on a hillside on the site of an old bluestone quarry. Geoff and Rob Schrapel produce a range of consistently well made and attractively packaged wines. Bethany has vineyards in the Barossa and Eden Valleys. Exports to all major markets. -JAMES HALLIDAY


With some of the oldest vines in the Barossa, Bethany Wines has special place in the region’s winemaking story. Johann Gottlob Schrapel and his family arrived from Silesia on the George Washington in 1844. This was just eight years after South Australia was settled. Like many Silesian migrants, they travelled by ox cart to Bethany (Bethanien), and established the Barossa’s first settlement. Johann planted the first vineyard in 1852 from cuttings carried from Europe. He built a wine cellar and had reputation as a winemaker. Despite this our family were grape growers for the next four generations. Establishment of Bethany Wines In 1981, fifth generation brothers Robert and Geoff established Bethany Wines. They built a winery in the quarry where the early pioneers had hewn stone for their homes. They crushed 2 tonnes of Shiraz and Riesling, launching the next chapter of the Schrapel wine story. The early 1980’s were tough for Barossa grape growers. A glut followed a red wine boom and grape prices fell below production cost. The State Government wanted growers to pull out old Shiraz and Grenache vines. They encouraged growers to plant new varieties or leave the industry. Fortunately, the brothers chose to establish a tradition of winemaking from this undervalued yet irreplaceable resource of old vineyards. Bethany Wines’ reputation for hospitality and spectacular views of the Barossa spread and we began to grow. The Future for Bethany Wines Almost 40 years on we are a vibrant family company that plays a significant role in the Barossa community. Members of the sixth generation have joined the business. They share the same passion for the vineyards, for crafting fine wines, and for the future.


Shiraz, Riesling, Chardonnay, Grenache, Semillon, Cabernet, Merlot

Cellar Door


One of the major drawcards of Bethany Wines is the view from the historic cellar door, overlooking spectacular views of the Barossa Valley floor and beyond. Upon your visit to our winery, take a moment to absorb what are some of the finest views of sweeping vineyards of the Barossa Ranges.


Mon-Sat: 10-5, Sunday: 1-5

Details are correct at time of writing

Please check winery website for up to date details


Details are correct at time of writing

Please check winery website for up to date details


Bethany Wines logo
Winemaker Alex MacClelland
Established 1981
Dozens 18 000
Vineyards (area) 38 ha
Viticulturist N/A
Opening Hours Mon–Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5
Address 378 Bethany Road, Tanunda, SA 5352
Telephone (08) 8563 2086