Sitting just 65 km north of Adelaide, the Barossa Valley is Australia's cradle to the traditional full bodied big reds, but a new generation of winemakers are changing the status quo while still showcasing what this beautiful region is all about.
The Barossa Valley is one of the great international wine regions with an ideal Meditarranean climate, with hot, dry summers and cool, mild winters. It's housed in a compact valley of just 25km in length, which makes it a no-fuss day experience, and an absolute must do for wine fans. Although it is small, the Barossa produces 21% of Australia's wine and hosts many of it's best-known names, all of which helped place Australian wine squarely on the world map.
Dating back to the 1840s, the Barossa has a distinctly German feel due to its Prussian and Silesia ancestry. Planted initially to produce fortified wines, it is in the last 40 years that the Barossa has become synonymous with Shiraz and is, without a doubt, what made its reputation. It boasts some of the world's oldest vines and in the right hands produces some of the Valley's most complex wines.
In the beautiful high-country of the Barossa sits Eden Valley, one of Australia's premier cool-climate regions, which produces wines with lifted aromatics, vibrancy, finesse and complexity. It's home to some of Australia's most famous wineries such as Yalumba and Henschke.
Although Shiraz is the star, there are a host of other varieties that produce exceptional wines, such as Grenache, Mourvedre/Mataro, Riesling, and Semillon. Added to these are a host of new Mediterranean varieties that are finding the conditions perfect and look to become hallmarks in this region.