The Wines of the Barossa Valley

The Barossa Valley in Australia is one of the world’s best-loved wine regions, boasting ancient vines and centuries-old vineyards that bring the flavours of rural Australia to the rest of the country and beyond. Today, it boasts more than 550 families that grow and create grapes and wines, many with sixth-generation members of the family still working on the vineyards.

A huge proportion of Australia’s most popular wines come from the Barossa Valley, including the world-famous Barossa Shiraz and the Eden Valley Riesling, which have both become somewhat regional heroes. Not far behind come the region’s Cabernet Sauvignon, Mataro, Grenache, and Semillon, all of which play a huge part in Barossa’s wine-making history and its current wine landscape.

Barossa as a whole encompasses the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley, which makes it one of the only areas in the whole of Australia that has both warm and cool climate growing conditions. This means that a range of different wines can – and have – been grown in the region for more than a hundred years.

The Shiraz of the Barossa Valley

The Barossa Valley is probably best-known for its Shiraz, which is made using ripe blackberries, with dried currant and mocha aromas. There’s also a hint of tobacco in the flavour, which comes from an earthiness that’s prominent throughout the Valley.

But it’s not just Shiraz that packs a punch in the Barossa Valley. The flavour is often combined with Cabernet to create fruity Shiraz-Cabernet blends, and many of the wineries in the region produce their own blends to create even more complex flavours and keep moving the wine industry in Australia forward.

The History of the Barossa Valley and its Wines

The Valley dates back to the 1840s when it was founded by George Fife Angas who settled in South Australia in 1836. The Mediterranean climate of the region was found to be perfect for fruit growing and, over the years, this developed into winemaking, which soon became a huge industry in Australia.

Since then, it has seen numerous winemaking families bring their favourite flavours to the rest of the country and further afield, and continues to be one of the most forward-thinking wine producing regions on the planet.

The future of the Barossa Valley is looking rosy, with plenty of new blends and distinctive flavours coming out of the region every single year from established wineries and new ones