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Greenock, South Australia

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Nestled in the heart of western Barossa, Greenock is a picturesque village. Sometimes, it is referred to as a little Scotland in the Barossa. The name Greenock literally means "sunny hill" and is derived from the Gaelic, Grain (meaning sun) and Cnoc (which means hill). The town’s oval, with its magnificent restored grandstand, hosts some of the region’s most competitive cricket and soccer matches. The shady recreation park is a popular spot for picnics and gatherings. The village green is a popular spot in the centre of town, which comes alive when the Santos Tour Down Under cycling race runs through. The silos, mill and wheat store are still standing, reminiscent of the days when Greenock served as a hub for the grain trade and farming community. Time has passed, but Greenock still has a comfortable village feel, with the tavern being the regular meeting place for many locals. Travellers are guaranteed a warm welcome, whether or not they are staying in the region or just passing through. In recent years, Greenock has become a popular destination for those wanting to experience something a little different with olde worlde charm. Greenock is home to a new boutique beer brewery, Greenock Brewers. Located in the historic 1860s wheat store, the brewery is open for tastings and sales on weekends. The owners are happy to give visitors a tour. Another great place to visit and linger is Murray Street Vineyards. Its cellar door is set in the centre of a working winery. It opens onto a decking, with vineyards so close, you could reach out and touch them. For most days of the year, visitors can taste some of their unique wines and indulge in delicious local produce, cheese platters or a freshly brewed coffee. It is total decadence!

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