With a rich winemaking and grape growing heritage dating back to 1842, and a profound and unique Silesian (German) influence, the Barossa Valley is arguably Australia's most famous wine region. The region is a unique and precious resource, home to some of the oldest vines in the world. In some families, there have been six generations of grape growers and winemakers. This tradition extends to a vibrant and renowned community of artisan food producers.

Many of these families have been perfecting their craft for as long as the grape growers and winemakers. The climate is ideal for full bodied red wines, fortified wines and robust white wines.  The two soil types are relatively low in fertility.  The Barossa region produces a great variety of wine, with the main styles being Chardonnay, Riesling, Semillon, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.

Regional Checklist:

  • A rich winemaking and grape growing heritage dating back to 1842.
  • One of Australia's most famous wine regions.
  • The region is currently home to more than 150 wineries.
  • Home to some of the oldest vines in the world.
  • In some families, there have been six generations of grape growers and winemakers
  • Vibrant community of artisan food producers
  • The climate is ideal for full bodied red wines, fortified wines and robust white wines.
  • Main styles of wine produced are Riesling, Semillon, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.  

Regional website:
www.barossa.com

 

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. 

Wines:
Riesling:
With these wines generosity, rather than finesse or elegance, rules the day. The wines develop far more quickly than their counterparts from the Eden or Clare Valleys.  

Semillon: Modern day Barossa Semillons are earlier-picked than their old fashioned counterparts. They are also fermented in stainless steel to produce wines of freshness, balance and clear varietal character. 

Grenache and Mourvedre: Grenache is often blended with Shiraz and Mourvedre, but is also presented as a varietal in its own distinctive right. The wines are often juicy and savoury, with dark cherry and hedge-row fruit characters which appeal to a wide range of palates.  The varietal blends often display a rich tapestry of flavours and textures alongside an ability to develop further depth and complexity with age. 

Cabernet Sauvignon: Performs best on cooler sites and in moderately cool vintages.  French oak is often used to great effect and the overall style is more restrained and firmer than that of Shiraz. 

Shiraz: Shiraz is recognized universally as the Barossa Valleys signature wine. The wines are lush, velvety and mouth-filling. The flavours range from black cherries to blackberries and the tannins are generally ripe and soft. Many of the wines have great ageing potential.  

Vital Statistics:
Map Coordinates:                                    34° 29'S 
Altitude:                                                250 - 370 metres (820 - 1213 feet) 
Heat degree days, October -April:            1710 (cut off at 19º C (66.2ºF) but otherwise not adjusted) 
Growing season rainfall, October -April:   160 millimetres (6.3 inches) 
Mean January temperature:                     21.4°C (70°F) 
Relative humidity, October -April, 3 pm:  Average 39% 
Harvest:                                                End February - late April


 

 

 

James Lindner, Vigneron, Langmeil Winery, Barossa Valley

Langmeil Winery embodies the ideals inspired by the refinement of knowledge shared from generations of Barossan’s – real people making real wine.

“It’s the history, unity and mateship of the Barossa Valley that has seen the area flourish and thrive and become the most famous wine region of Australia. When you look at just a few of the names – Rockford Basket Press Shiraz, Charles Melton Nine Popes, Penfolds Grange, Yalumba’s The Octavius, Elderton Command, St Hallett Old Block, Torbreck RunRig, Langmeil Freedom 1843 Shiraz, and many more – they represent generations new and old, making the Barossa one of the most diverse wine growing regions in the world,” James Lindner reckons.
 

“The Barossa Valley is a beautiful place. There’s a richness and vibrancy in the landscape, the local community and our food and wine culture, which throughout the region’s history has attracted  scores of artists, artisans, larrikins, wise grape growers and gifted winemakers. We are proud to be Barossan. To live here, to make wine here, and to drink our wines here, it is a blessed life and for that we are very thankful.

“Our 165+ years of wine making and grape growing traditions matched with the contemporary energy of new generations will continue to hold us in good stead. It is a remarkable journey to share our culture and invite people to explore our unique and rare wines that couldn’t be replicated anywhere else in the world.

“So look for Barossa wines wherever you are, so you can taste of our backyard and warm hospitality, and if you can, come and visit the Barossa so you can truly live life through our eyes, it’s a most welcoming place.”

 

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