NARIOOTPA IS HOME FOR THE NEXT 3 DAYS
Trip Start Feb 10, 2012
51Trip End Jun 10, 2012
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Did you know that the rotary line was invented in Nurioptpa? No neither did I. We had a great accompanied tour of the wineries yesterday but the guide didn't restrict his information to them, he also gave us masses of information on the area.
His first words were to congratulate us in staying in the Barossa Valley Tourist Park, owned by the 21,000 people of the community. The park is not only for visitors it is primarily a sports facility for the community paid out of the proceeds of the caravan park.
The community also owns a shopping area from which they earn $1M dollars a week (I think, maybe a month, but nevertheless a huge sum of money)
Senior Citizens can sign up to maintain all the public garden areas and also hire themselves out commercially. Again, all proceeds go to the community.
The local school has a vineyard which exclusively supplies Barrosa Scholar Wine to 9 restaurants in California, own a racehorse call Barossa Scholar and a vehicle repair shop which renovates and re-sells three old wrecks a year. All proceeds go to the school fund.
All in all this seems to be a very caring community and should be held out as a beacon of how things should be. Amazing.
This morning had a look around the Farmers Market and bought some beautiful strawberriess and then we went on to lunch at Betty Beers, a celebrity TV chef who has a shop in the area. Again, the weather has been perfect. Tomorrow we plan to go to the Clare Valley, another wine growing district.