With a rich vine and wine history dating back to 1842, the Barossa Valley is one of the most historic wine producing regions in Australia. There are now sixth generation grape growing families in the Barossa Valley, they are the custodians to Australia’s largest collection of old vines with blocks dating back to the 1840’s. Australian wine is inextricably linked with Barossa Shiraz for many people and while the variety is definitely the Barossa’s star performer, varieties like Grenache, Mourvedre/Mataro, Riesling and Semillon all have a long and distinguished history of producing exceptional wines.
In recent years these traditional Barossa varieties 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.
Some are exploring innovative choices of grape varieties, planting Mediterranean varieties that are better suited to the Barossa’s warm climate than classic French varieties. Fiano, Montepulciano, Tempranillo, Dolcetto and Graciano are just a handful of the varieties that are finding a new home in the Barossa Valley. Others like Abel Gibson at Ruggabellus are exploring traditional Barossa Valley varieties like Grenache, Shiraz, Mataro and Riesling in new and exciting ways to much acclaim.
For wine labelling purposes wines labeled “Barossa” can include fruit from Eden Valley but if labeled “Barossa Valley” they must contain exclusively fruit from the Barossa Valley.