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"Our aim in life is to live well, provide for our children, care for the land and hand our winery and vineyards on to the next generation in a better position from when we started” - Robert Schrapel.

Bethany backs SALA in 2013

October-09-13

More than 50 wine enthusiasts flocked to Bethany Wines in August to embrace wine with art for the ‘Flora’ South Australia Living Artists Festival opening.

The winery, which is one of the oldest established winemakers in the Barossa Valley, has spent the past few months playing host to the mosaic work of artists Mindy Turner of Greenock and Heather Gordon of Nuriootpa.

This is the fourth time Bethany Wines has thrown its support behind the local artists, having first presented their works in 2010.

As part of the launch, guests were treated to canapés and new release wines as well Bethany’s finest GR and LE Shiraz series.

Bethany Wines director Geoff Schrapel said it was an honour to be involved with the SALA Festival the fourth time and to back Barossa art.

“Supporting local talent provides us as a winery a great opportunity to give something back to the local community,” Geoff said.

“It also gives the public a chance to see and appreciate the original work of Heather and Mindy amongst the hills of Bethany Wines.”

SALA is an innovative open access visual arts festival presenting thousands of artists through unique collaborations and exhibitions in hundreds of exhibition spaces throughout metropolitan and regional South Australia. This year’s theme was on all things ‘flora’, providing the artists with limitless possibilities that have been confined to glass panels reflecting their floral favourites.

Bethany Wines has been producing premium wines in the Barossa Valley for more than 150 years, since the Schrapel family planted its first vineyards in 1852. Today, the winery remains family-owned and is run by fifth and sixth generations of the same Schrapel family.