The Barossa Valley, South Australia

by tarynlachter

What do we really know about the wine regions of Australia?

We’ve all heard the whispers in recent decades of their gorgeous wines and of course, sampled some of the viticultural beauties this country produces.

But what do we truly know about the regions themselves?

What do we really know about the wine regions of Australia? We’ve all heard the whispers in recent decades of their gorgeous wines and of course, sampled some of the viticultural beauties this country produces. But what do we truly know about the regions themselves?

Let’s start with South Australia, specifically the Barossa Valley.

The area is located about 37 miles (or 60 kilometers) northeast of Adelaide city center and the valley itself is created by the North Para River. Its name comes from the Barrosa Range, where Colonel William Light back fought in the Battle of Barrosa in 1811. He made a slight clerical error when transcribing the name, and it has since been Barossa. In the 1960s, wine consumption in Australia was still low (only about two bottles per person) however, winemakers in this region were embarking on new, high altitude innovative wines, experimenting with chemicals and process for wine quality control.

Family-run wineries had a hard time keeping up with this trend and were bought up by the large grocery corporations that were running the show during the 1970s in Australia. It was then that the South Australian government announced the “Vine Pull Scheme,” intending to remove unproductive vines but instead removed 100-year old Shiraz and Grenache vines that were the literal root of the industry. The multi-national companies were no longer interested, leaving room for the small entrepreneurial wineries to take back over, reviving the region to what it is today.

Although this small region is only about 8 miles wide, it is now home to over 500 grape-growing families and has been a major part of Australia’s wine industry for almost the entirety of its life. 

Shiraz is by far, the best and most popular wine to come out of the Barossa Valley, encompassing over 7,000 hectares (17,500 acres) of this South Australian region. The typical Shiraz from this region is powerful and bold, with big flavors of red fruits and aromatic notes of earth and pepper. Other deep reds like Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache do very well here, and although whites are grown such as Riesling and Chardonnay, none come close to the Shiraz. Because of that rough patch in the 80s where many of its oldest vines were removed, a vintage Shiraz is one of the most treasured prizes to come out of Australia.



FEATURED EVENTS

New York Wine Events

September 23, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Kotti Berliner – Food & Wine Pairing

Join us for a Virtual Food & Wine Pairing with Brooklyn’s Kotti Berliner. Explore delicious döner kebabs paired with wine. Meet Kotti founder, Erkan Emre.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

September 16, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Broadbent Selections – Portugal

Join us for a Virtual Tasting with one of America’s leading importers of high-quality Portuguese wines.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

September 2, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Cusumano Winery – Sicily, Italy

Join us for a Virtual Tasting with the maker of the #1 selling Sicilian wine in the U.S.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

August 26, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Kunde Family Winery

Join us for a Virtual Tasting. The Kunde family has farmed an 1,850-acre estate in Sonoma Valley for 100 years.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

August 19, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards

Join us for a Virtual Tasting. Great wine starts in the vineyard.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

August 12, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Dutcher Crossing Winery

Join us for a Virtual Tasting. Distinctive and hand-crafted wines produced from award-winning vineyards.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

June 12, 2020

At Your Home

RGNY At-Home Blending Session

Be your own winemaker for a day — guided by a professional on Zoom video!

PURCHASE KIT & ZOOM TICKET
New York Wine Events

May 29, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Virtual Wine & Pizza Tasting with Jamesport Vineyards

What’s better than great wine and artisanal pizza?

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 28, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Foxen Winery & Vineyard Virtual Tasting

Experience the magic of Santa Barbara wine.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 28, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Foxen Winery & Vineyard Virtual Tasting

Experience the magic of Santa Barbara wine.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 21, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Chateau Montelena Winery Virtual Tasting

This tasting will be epic.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 19, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Ridge Vineyards Virtual Tasting – Monte Bello winery

The New York Times described Ridge Monte Bello as “America’s greatest Cabernet Sauvignon.”

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 18, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Tenuta di Lilliano Virtual Tasting

Very special tasting. Don’t miss it!

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 15, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Pedroncelli Winery Virtual Tasting

Four Generations of Family Pride at Pedroncelli Winery, since 1927

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 14, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Provence Rosé Group Virtual Tasting

The best rosé in the world comes from Provence.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 13, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

St. Francis Winery Virtual Tasting

Voted “#1 in America” in 2013 and 2015 by Open Table customers.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 12, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Ridge Vineyards Virtual Tasting – Lytton Springs

The New York Times described Ridge’s Cabernet Sauvignon as America’s greatest.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 11, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Oak Farm Vineyards Virtual Tasting

Visit the famous wine-growing region of Lodi County, California – virtually!

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 8, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Goldschmidt Vineyards Virtual Tasting

Visit Sonoma County – virtually!

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

April 18, 2020

Marlboro, NY

Wines & Bites!

Hudson Valley’s yummiest wine and food tasting event

GET TICKETS
New York Wine Events

March 7, 2020

New York’s Premier Winter Wine Event

NYC Winter Wine and Food Festival

Enjoy a winter getaway without even leaving the city.

GET TICKETS
New York Wine Events

January 19, 2020

Riverhead, NY

RG|NY Blending Session

Join RG|NY winemaker Lilia Perez, for a unique tasting and blending session.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

December 14, 2019

Ulster & Orange Counties, NY

Wreath Fineries at the Wineries

Don’t miss the ultimate holiday wine tasting event in the Hudson Valley. Sales end Thursday, Dec 12 at 11:59pm!

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

November 14, 2019

New York, NY

Around The World In 10 Wines

Experience a global tasting in 2 hours with award-winning artisan cheese and charcuterie

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

November 9, 2019

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Crush: Fall Edition

Experience the event Thrillist said was one of the things “You Absolutely Have to Do in NYC”

PURCHASE TICKETS

RELATED WINE BLOGS

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

Get Ready for the Holidays
Somehow, 2020 is still going, and we’re almost at the holiday season. But what is time!  Anyway, you and your loved ones deserve some delicious wine for the holidays this year – well, you always do but it really feels necessary for 2020. Whether you’re having a Friendsgiving or actually making a trek to see - Read More
Read more...

Wednesday, October 7th, 2020

Event Spotlight: 2020 Virtual Autumn Wine & Food Festival
Every year, we look forward to our flagship event, the Autumn Wine & Food Festival. Bringing all of our guests together to celebrate small shops producing the most delicious food and wines – it is truly a joy!  So, we won’t lie and say there is disappointment in not being able to host this in - Read More
Read more...

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

Wine Intelligencer: What are Sulfites and Tannins?
Sulfites and tannins have a bad rap. They are said to be the source of “red wine headaches” and tend to be discouraged with the recent rise of organic and biodynamic wines. Let’s talk a little more about what these are and what they actually do for your wine. First, just to clear things up, - Read More
Read more...
LOAD MORE