Johann George and Anna Elizabeth Hoffmann, husband and wife, emigrated from the township of Friedstadt in Prussia (Silesia), to South Australia in 1844. They first settled in Birdwood, Adelaide Hills, before moving to the Northern Barossa Valley parish of Ebenezer. Here, they bought 25 hectares of land and established their modest mud slab hut on the Hoffmann property in 1857.
Silesian and English emigrants essentially established the Barossa, and so Johann and Anna emigrated alongside other European pioneers. Silesian emigrants were mainly peasant farmers and artisans fleeing Prussian religious persecution, electing to start a new life of freedom in the Barossa Valley.
Johann and Anna were by no means new to working the land, and on their arrival to the Barossa established a traditional farm. By the late 1800’s, the Hoffmann farm included an orchard, vineyard, dairy and sheep. With years and experience, came generational wisdom; a better understanding of seasons, climate, and this knowledge has been continually handed down to the next generation.