Hartz Barn Wines is situated in the peaceful rural village of Moculta, Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia. Prior to white settlement the Moculta district was peopled by Aboriginals — the Ngadjuri and Peramangk were in the area at one time. Moculta is the Aboriginal name for “large hill” represented by Parrot Hill. Moculta is unique in that it was for a century strongly German, although the first settlers were English. These settlers formed a community strongly linked to their German and British heritage.
Two Lutheran churches serve Moculta being Gruenberg, German for Green Hill and Gnadenberg, German for Hill of Grace. The Gruenberg “Holy Cross” Lutheran Church is built on top of a hill and known for the timber locally handcrafted organ and displays elaborate painting and German verses. Standing opposite the Henschke Hill of Grace Vineyard is the Gnadenberg “Zion” Lutheran Church built of local stone and huge pit sawn beams from local red gum. Today both churches proudly present their typical Lutheran bell towers.