Old vines and classic wines

If you could only choose Australian wine region to truly showcase the history, evolution and revolution of Australian wine then you could do a lot worse than pick the Barossa Valley. There are sixth generation grape growing families in the region, custodians to Australia’s largest collection of old vines with blocks dating back to the 1840’s. 

In recent years, traditional Barossa varieties like Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro have been

joined by a new wave of Mediterranean varieties, suited to the region’s soils and climate. The region has also been invigorated by a new breed of winemakers who have challenged the status quo while still maintaining an inherent love and respect for the Barossa traditions and culture.

Read more about the Barossa Valley.

Barossa Valley
Barossa Valley
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11,221ha
Total vineyard area
112-596m
Altitude
34° 51'S
Latitude
220mm
Growing season rainfall
21.9°c
Mean temperature (Jan)
1836
Heat degree days
Climate
  • The region has a Meditarranean climate ideal for full-bodied red wines, excellent fortified wines and generally robust white wines.
  • The climate ranges from warm on the valley floor to cool at the higher altitudes in the hills surrounding the Valley. 
  • The region has a large diurnal temperature range, high maximum temperatures, high sunshine days and  low humidity and rainfall. 
Soil
  • The complex system of valleys and twisting hills results in a variety of slopes, aspects and sites.
  • The soils vary widely, but fall in a family of relatively low-fertility clay loam through to more sandy soils, ranging through grey to brown to red.
  • As in so much of south-east Australia, acidity increases in the subsoils, restricting root growth and vigour. 

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