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Barossa is a state famous for its production of Shiraz, the signature grape of Australia, and its Riesling. The name is a bastardization of “The Hill of Roses” (Cerro de las Rosas) in Spain, named by Colonel Light, who fought in the Spanish Peninsula War. It is steeped in German Lutheran heritage, dating back to the 1840’s when many fled from religious persecution to the colony, eventually establishing farms and vineyards. The oldest Shiraz plantings in Australia are located in the Langmeil winery.

Barossa is subdivided into the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley subregions.

Shiraz is where it’s at in the Barossa Valley, with other Rhone grapes produced as varietal releases and GSMs, which are blends of Grenache, Shiraz (Syrah) and Mourvedre, here known as Mataro. Also, taking a cue from the Rhone, some Shiraz releases are blended with a small amount of white Viognier for structure. Cabernet, Merlot and Chardonnay are the next popular varietals. Recently, more experimental international Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Barossa View all

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

Subregions of Barossa

Popular Wineries in Barossa View all

  • John Duval Wines

    Winemaking John Duval, Chief winemaker of Penfolds Grange from 1986-2002, celebrates the relea...

  • Hentley Farm

    Our Cellar Door is open and we invite you to pay us a visit. Please drop in and unearth the uniqu...

  • Rusden Wines Pty Ltd

    In 1979 Christine and Dennis Canute purchased 40 acres of run-down vineyard in Vine Vale; white s...

  • Hewitson Pty Ltd

    Hewitson is dedicated to producing traditionally-made, expressive wines from the great vineyards ...

  • Grant Burge Wines Pty Ltd

    Grant Burge is a fifth-generation Barossa vigneron and winemaker. Throughout his career, Grant...

  • Winter Creek

    Winter Creek is situated at Williamstown in the far South of the Barossa Valley and is owned by D...

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Barossa on Snooth

  • Torbreck Woodcutters Shiraz Barossa Valley 1990

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    (Past tasting 16 Jun 2013) Deep hue. Nose of flowers. Fruity and spicy. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Dandelion Vineyards Shiraz Lionheart of the Barossa Valley 2011

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    (Past tasting 25 Nov 2013) Good balance of fruits and spices. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Yalumba Y Series Viognier 2014

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    Binny's 12/2014. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Yalumba The Strapper Grenache Shiraz Mataro Barossa 2012

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    Understated but still presentable aromas of beef bouillon, black raspberry and molasses. There's a fair bit of complexity on this, with black pepper spice, cedar and cinnamon, dark chocolate, rough tannins to add structure, and a chocolatey earthy finish paired with a hint of coffee and a hint of toffee. But all of this is only there if you're l... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Yalumba Shiraz Viognier Hand Picked Eden Valley 2010

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    Big red and black fruit aromas, heat and spice in equal measure. Palate has an explosive amount of fresh acidity, black pepper, bold tarry notes, black fruit, a hint of eucalyptus, and a long finish with licorice and a touch of cream. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Yalumba Eden Valley FDR 1A 2010

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    Powerful aromas of eucalyptus, tanning leather, oregano and a touch of texas barbecue. Flavors are explosive with bright red cherries, fresh acidity, candied currants, cinnamon and clove. This is a truly big wine, commanding and full of gripping tannins and loads of acidity. Bring lots of food with you to this party. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Ben Glaetzer Amon-Ra Shiraz 2009

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    I've been holding this muscular boy for a couple of years now; time to taste: the colour is dark (like the Arctic Ocean with blood added) and the nose is of fine English Jam - maybe a strawberry-dark cherry blend of some description. Unfiltered, the wine is cloudy, but entry is a positive hedonic high with slightly sweet ,menthol notes (high alc... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Yalumba the Scribbler 2010

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    Dark chocolate and tobacco note flood the nose here with black pepper and herbal nuances adding detail to the underlying base of dark, dried fruits all topped with allspice like oak. A touch sweet on entry, this quickly rights itself delivering a rich, powerful mouthful of dark fruit that is well supported by bright acids and fine grained tannin... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Penfolds Grandfather Tawny Port 2009

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    Wine review by puhnner


  • Glaymond Wines Shiraz Blend Barossa Valley Landrace Shiraz Mataro 2006

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    Rich and deep berry pepper taste anchored by earthy tones; luscious wine! Read More

    Wine review by struik


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