Chateau Tanunda hosts big Barossa bash ahead of 130th anniversary

The generous and humble Geber family certainly know how to throw a big bash in the Barossa.

On Thursday afternoon, under clear blue skies, Chateau Tanunda grounds were thrown open to invited guests to help owner John and wife Evelyne, with their children managing director Michelle and Derry, launch the iconic site's 130th anniversary which occurs in 2020.

The line up of invited guests included the likes of cricket legends, Neil Harvey (a member of the 1948 Invincibles), Carl Hooper, and Brendan Julian.

Guests from all over, including renowned identities investor Sir Ron Brierley and wine writer Jeremy Oliver, were treated to a 20/20 cricket game between Winemakers v Media on the aptly coined CCG, Chateau Cricket Ground.

It was the Media team who thrashed the Winemakers, with a total of 220 runs to 130.

With the view of the family's iconic Chateau Tanunda to one side and the Barossa Ranges to the other and premium wines in between, guests soon settled in for an afternoon of engaging and at times comical play.

Yet it was patriarch John Geber who kept the conversations lively, checking in on the spectators before donning the whites and heading to the pitch.

The cricket match was a prelude to the guests further joining the family for after match drinks and later in the evening, a specially curated dinner in the historic Long Room showcasing Chateau Tanunda's renowned Old Vine Expressions.