Johann Funk arrived in South Australia aboard the ship Johanne Ceasar in 1854. He would later purchase a wagon made from local timber but of German design. Such four wheeled wagons played an integral part in the everyday life of the early settlers in the Barossa Valley, and today the ‘Funk Wagon’ is the best surviving example of its type. As a family’s only mode of transport, they were used for everything from getting to and from church, to wedding coach, funeral hearse and sleeping quarters when travelling longer distances. Of course these wagons were also indispensible to wine growers in the carting of grapes, water and barrels. With plantings of Grenache, Shiraz, and Mataro dating back to the earliest settlements, these grape varieties are those most likely to have filled these very wagons and are by no coincidence the grape varieties that are used in the making of this wine. As you enjoy this blend, be sure to raise a glass to The Funk Wagon!