Barossa Valley Wine region
This is Australia's most famous wine region...
But it is reinventing itself with a wide range of new varieties.
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The name was given to the area by explorer Colonel Light based on the supposed similarity of the Barossa Range to a similar range in Spain. The region is most notable for its red wines, particularly those made from Shiraz. But, as we shall see, other grape varieties, both red and white play an important role in the vineyards and wineries here.
The region generally about three hundred metres above sea level, but the altitude of many of the vineyards is much higher.
In the lower and warmer areas, red wine predominates while on the cooler higher slopes Riesling is common. In fact the Barossa abuts the Eden Valley wine region which is regarded as one of Australia's premier regions for Riesling.
The history of the region is inextricably linked to the influence of the German immigrants who were encouraged to settle in the region by local landowner George Angas. Many of these migrants were Lutherans from Silesia, who were suffering persecution in their homeland. By the 1850s viticulture was well established in the valley.
Among these migrants were Johann Gramp who planted the first vineyard of the region at Jacobs Creek in 1847 and Joseph Seppelt, whose name lives on in a famous Australian wine brand name.
Wines of the Barossa Valley
The wines of the region are dominated by reds made from either Shiraz or Cabernet, but if you are looking for a different experience then there is plenty of diversity to explore. The varietal profile of the Barossa is similar to that of the Rhone Valley, with the predominant Shiraz being supplemented by Grenache, Mourvedre, and more recently Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne are being introduced.
But in the past decade there have been great changes with a much wider range of varieties being introduced.
Barossa Valley Producers and wine Varieties
The list below is of the wineries in the region and the alternative varieties that they are using.
The list below shows those wineries closely associated with the Barossa Valley and the alternative varieties that they are using. In some cases wineries in this region have vineyards in neighbouring regions, especially in the Eden Valley so some of the entries below are not strictly accurate.
- Arete Tempranillo
- Atze's Corner Wines Aglianico, Durif, Graciano, Montepulciano, Petit verdot, Tempranillo, Vermentino
- Ballycroft Durif, Montepulciano
- Estate Grenache, Tempranillo
- Blaxland Wine Group Malbec, Nero d’Avola, Tempranillo
- Burge Family Winemakers Souzao, Touriga, Zinfandel
- Captain Barossa Durif, Petit verdot
- Charles Cimicky Durif
- Charles Melton Bourboulenc, Carignan, Cinsaut, Meunier, Muscadelle, Pedro Ximenez, Picpoul
- Chateau Tanunda Marsanne, Roussanne, Zinfandel
- Collins and Co Wines Malbec, Nero d'Avola
- Dandelion Wines Pedro Ximenez
- Dell'uva Wines Aglianico, Albarino, Arinto, Barbera, Durif, Carmenere, Fiano, Freisa, Graciano, Lagrein, Mencia, Montepulciano, Nero d’Avola, Saperavi, Tempranillo, Touriga, Verdejo, Verdicchio, Zinfandel
- Diggers Bluff Alicante Bouschet
- Dirt Road Vignerons Savagnin
- Dolan Family Wines Tempranillo
- Domain Day Garganega, Lagrein, Sagrantino, Sangiovese, Saperavi
- Elderton Carignan, Marsanne, Roussanne, Zinfandel
- Epsilon Graciano, Montepulciano, Tempranillo
- First Drop Arneis, Barbera, Montepulciano, Nebbiolo, Savagnin, Tempranillo, Trincadeira, Touriga
- Fox Gordon Fiano, Nero d'Avola, Tempranillo
- Gatt Tempranillo
- Grant Burge Dolcetto, Moscato, Nebbiolo, Ruby Cabernet
- Groom Zinfandel
- Gumpara Winery Vermentino
- Haan Malbec, Petit verdot
- Hare's Chase Tempranillo
- Hemera Estate Cabernet franc, Graciano, Tempranillo
- Hently Farm Wines Zinfandel
- Hesketh Wines Bonvedro, Montepulciano, Negroamaro, Tempranillo, Touriga
- Hewitson Sangiovese,Tempranillo
- Izway Wines Aglianico
- Jacobs Creek Fiano, Negroamaro, Vermentino
- jb Wines Clairette, Meunier, Pinot blanc, Zinfandel
- Jenke Vineyards Cabernet franc
- John Duval Wines Marsanne, Roussanne
- Kabminye Wines Black frontignac, Carignan, Cinsaut, Durif, Kerner, Roussanne, Zinfandel
- Kaesler Palomino, Tempranillo, Touriga
- Kalleske Wines Chenin blanc, Durif, Petit verdot, Tempranillo, Zinfandel
- Kellermeister Wines Gewurztraminer, Tempranillo
- Kies Family Bastardo
- Kurtz Family Vineyards Malbec
- La Maschera Vermentino
- Lambert Estate Tempranillo, Zinfandel
- Liebichwein Gewurztraminer, Tempranillo
- Loan Wines Alicante Bouschet
- Mad Dog Wines Sangiovese, Savagnin
- Magpie Estate Gewurztraminer
- Mardia Wines Cabernet franc, Petit verdot
- Massena Wines Barbera, Cinsaut, Dolcetto, Durif, Graciano, Roussanne, Saperavi, Tannat, Trincadeira
- Michael Hall Wines Roussanne
- Murray Street Vineyard Cinsaut, Marsanne, Zinfandel
- Muster Wine Company Pedro Ximenez, Tempranillo, Vermentino
- Paulmara Estate Lagrein, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Touriga
- Peter Lehmann Cabernet franc, Chenin blanc, Malbec, Muscadelle, Tempranillo
- Pindarie Wines Sangiovese, Savagnin, Tempranillo
- Purple Hands Wines Aglianico, Montepulciano
- Quattro Mano Tempranillo, Trincadeira, Tinto Cao, Touriga
- Rockford Alicante Bouschet
- Roenfeldt Hill Zinfandel
- Rolf Binder Durif, Gewurztraminer, Malbec, Montepulciano, Saperavi
- Ruggabellus Cinsaut
- Rusden Wines Chenin blanc, Malbec, Zinfandel
- Saltram Fiano
- Schulz Vignerons Zinfandel
- Schwarz Wine Company Chenin Blanc
- Seppletsfield Carignan, Lagrein, Touriga
- Shobbrook Wines Carignan, Cinsaut, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese
- Slain Giant Barbera, Malbec, Petit verdot, Tannat
- Smallfry Wines Bastardo, Carignan, Cinsaut, Graciano, Marsanne, Muscadelle, Roussanne, Tempranillo, Trincadeira
- Sons of Eden Sagrantino, Tempranillo
- Spinifex Aglianico, Carignan, Cinsaut, Clairette, Grenache gris, Marsanne, Roussanne, Trebbiano, Vermentino
- St Hallett Tempranillo, Touriga
- Stanley Brothers Sylvaner
- Steinborner Family Vineyards Durif, Marsanne
- TeAro Tempranillo
- Teusner Wines
- The Grapes of Ross Ruby Cabernet, Sangiovese
- Thorn-Clarke Wines Graciano, Malbec, Nebbiolo
- Tomfoolery Cabernet franc, Carignan,
- Torbreck Vintners Marsanne, Roussanne
- Tscharke Graciano, Montepulciano, Savagnin, Tempranillo, Touriga, Zinfandel
- Turkey Flat Vineyards Dolcetto, Marsanne, Pedro Ximenez, Roussanne
- Two Hands Saperavi
- Woods Crampton Bonvedro, Graciano
- Yelland and Papps Roussanne, Vermentino
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Visiting the Barossa Valley region
The Barossa Valley is easily visited on a day trip from Adelaide, but this wine region has so many wineries that you should consider at least an overnight stay.
The main towns are Lyndoch, Tanunda, Nuriootpa and Angaston. In these towns and in the many smaller villages you will find a large range of accommodation options including resorts, hotels, motels, cottages, guesthouses, caravan parks and camping grounds. The Vinodiversity Wine Hotels service will help you find the best deals on accomodation in the Barossa region.
When you are planning your Barossa Valley tour you should also make sure you try some of the regional food specialties. The local butchers and gourmet food shops will provide you with the Barossa version of some German delights. My personal favourite is the garlic mettwurst.
The region is also home to food writer and TV personality Maggie Beer, whose Farm Shop will sell you such delights as quince paste, local olives and Sangiovese verjuice.
As is fitting in such an area, there many dining options, including restaurants at some of the wineries which will provide you with opportunities to try the local fare.
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