Classic wines from vintage vines
Of all Australian wine region, the Barossa Valley really does embody the history, evolution and revolution of Australian wine. The Barossa is home to 6th generation wine families, who are custodians to Australia’s largest collection of old vines with blocks dating back to the 1840’s and includes the vineyards controlled by EPIC NEGOCIANTS. In recent years, traditional Barossa varieties like Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro have been
joined by a new wave of Mediterranean varieties, suited to the region’s soils and climate. The region has also been invigorated by a new breed of winemakers who have challenged the status quo while still maintaining an inherent love and respect for the Barossa traditions and culture.
Barossa Valley Highlights
With a rich vine and wine history dating back to 1842, the Barossa Valley is one of the most historic wine producing regions in Australia. The region was pivotal in the evolution of Australian wine in the 1970s and 1980s, bring great Australian wines to the world. The diverse range of wines from the region have won over the world's wine lovers, from wine writers, sommeliers to wine connoisseurs and novices. Shiraz is the Barossa’s star performer, but varieties like Grenache, Mourvedre/Mataro, Riesling and Semillon all have a long and distinguished history in the region. The current generation of winemakers are once again innovating and transforming the region, with some of these innovators hailing from families that have been part of the fabric of the region since the 1800s.
Others have migrated from afar, being drawn from the other side of the world to explore the rich tapestry of soils and terroirs that make the region world renowned. They are experimenting with innovative choices of grape varieties and innovating with grape growing and winemaking styles. Sustainable, organic and biodynamic farming practices, earlier picking dates, whole bunch fermentation, extended skin contact, fermentation in amphorae and minimal intervention winemaking are just some of the ways that people are innovating in this very traditional wine region.
Growing season rainfall
A variety ideally suited to the temperate, mild climate of the region, producing complete and rounded wines with clear varietal definition. As the level of ripeness increases, the flavours move from coffee to blackberry and on to black currant at optimum ripeness.
Top varieties grown in Barossa Valley
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.
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.