Hauling Wine Barrels on Horse Drawn Carts – Barossa Valley






The old horse drawn cart rests someway down in front of the house near the dam (pond). The wine barrels on top, all hogshead size or larger, are empty and no longer useable for wine storage.  The cart is long and high.  The bicycle leaning on the rear wheel gives you some idea of the size.




In times past it was routine in the Barossa to use horse drawn carts and wagons in the wine industry (or any rural or farming activity for that matter). It was the only mode of transport and even when motor vehicles arrived, horse drawn carts remained in operation




Wagons of this size and strength were made to bear weight, to haul things like rocks, stone and soil or trees and logs, to carry the harvest bounty of grapes, wine, hay, crops and seed and to carry animals and livestock– even the kids could get a ride!

Here you can see water in the dam (pond) behind the wagon.




I think about this old cart rumbling down the winding roads of the Barossa Valley up and down rows and rows of vineyards. Whenever I glimpse at this lovely old beast, its raw beauty makes me feel like I’m stepping back to the ‘olden days’.




It also reminds me that the pioneers lived a challenging life of honest hard work, struggle and loss as they farmed their vineyards and crop lands in this magnificent part of Australia. We have it pretty good these days.  Perhaps we owe our colonial ancestors, the homesteaders of South Australia and  the Barossa Valley, a debt of gratitude for their fortitude in opening up this rich valley of the vines.




My model in this shoot is Gracie – our beautiful chocolate Burmese.




Vintage at Seppeltsfield.

Horse drawn carts bringing the grapes in during vintage time at Seppelts winery in the Barossa Valley.  1913 photo via State Library SA Collections






In 1920, the output from Seppeltsfield reached one million gallons (4.5m litres).



A three thousand gallon brandy distillery at Seppeltsfield 1896



Carting grapes in the Barossa Valley 1937 via Barossa Herald and SA State Library Archive Collection.

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