Barossa Valley: Discover Australia's most famous wine region
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in News
If you ask wine-drinkers overseas to name one Australian wine region, inevitably the Barossa Valley will be the first one mentioned and with good reason. Long considered the engine room of the Australian wine industry, the Barossa Valley has built its reputation on big bold Shiraz. While this is still the main-stay of the region, the Barossa Valley is in fact a multi-faceted region, offering a diverse array of varieties and styles, many championed by smaller artisan winemakers.
A large wine region, the Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor. The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate, creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used.
A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.
The list of top Barossa producers reads like a who’s who of wine. Names including Rockford, Torbreck, Chris Ringland, Greenock Creek, Henschke, St Hallett, Grant Burge, Kaesler, Kalleske and Seppeltsfield. The Barossa is also home to many of this nation’s top brands including Penfolds, and Yalubma.
Alongside these big names a smaller group of artisans are also thriving including; Spinifex, Teusner, Hobbs, Massena, Sons of Eden and John Duval. Dedicated to hand-crafted, small batch winemaking these producers are responsible for a new wave of fabulous Barossa wines sourced from great vineyards.
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