Old vines and classic wines

The Barossa Valley region is located north-east of the city of Adelaide. The GI region is 578 km2 in size and has a total of 11,609 hectares of vineyards.

This region has warm grape-growing areas on the valley floor and cooler meso-climates at higher altitudes in the surrounding hills.

The main varieties grown in the region are Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Grenache. 

Barossa Valley Regional Snapshot 2020-2021

Regional Snapshots are one-page profiles updated annually of individual Australian wine regions. They provide at-a-glance summary statistics on: climatic characteristics, viticulture data, winegrape production, and winegrape price and export sales data for wine, compared against the same statistics for the whole of Australia.

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Barossa Valley
Barossa Valley
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11,609ha
Total vineyard area
112-596m
Altitude
34° 51'S
Latitude
220mm
Growing season rainfall
21.9°c
Mean temperature (Jan)
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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