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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

  • Sémillon

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

  • Grenache

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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

  • Ross Estate Wines Pty Ltd

    When you first visit the Barossa Valley you obtain an overwhelming feeling of old-world charm and...

  • Barton Vale

    Barton Vale House inEnfield, South Australia is the headquarters of the Smith family's diverse ac...

  • John Duval Wines

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

  • Laughing Jack

    The Laughing Jack Vineyard is a small parcel of the Kalleske's 85 acres of young and old vine. T...

  • Rusden Wines Pty Ltd

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

  • Hentley Farm

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

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Barossa on Snooth

  • Ben Glaetzer Amon-Ra Shiraz 2010

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    Wishlist... My thoughts.. With Penfolds Grange 2010 grabbing a 100pt. and 99 ... it's a no brainer buy 2010 Barossa Glaetzer Amon R Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Today my wife Sandra took her friend Marlene out on the town in a big way to ... dishes. Pepperjack Barossa Red $19.99This wine has lots of upfront fruit while having a soft round structure and a slight hint of oak. The aromas and flavors show fresh berries, plums and vanilla. The palate is rich and plush with good structure. The soft velvety ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • This afternoon I enjoyed a glass of this 2012 Pepperjack Barossa, which I had picked up recently at The Wine Cabinet up in Reston, VA.   The grapes are sourced from vineyards immediately surrounding the Saltram Winery, located in the Barossa sub-region of Angaston in South Australia.  You might note that the label suggests that this wine be enjo... Read More

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  • The Colonial Estate l'Explorateur 2006

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    Wine review by mark


  • The Colonial Estate "In Exile" Barossa Shiraz Cabernet 2010

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    Wine review by BradoP


  • The Black Chook Shiraz Viognier 2013

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    I must confess that these Oz Shiraz blends are a bit mystifying in hedonic terms - from a personal standpoint, at least. The Black Chook, for instance, is heavily stamped with a nose of spiced, over-ripe red fruit - even spoiled - although the palate is treated to a balanced - if slightly sweet - rush of one dimensional homemade cherry brandy an... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • We opened a 2010 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Barossa Shiraz last night after I finished up with 'Cat Tuesday' and Sandra worked late, getting home after 8 PM.  It has lots of fruit but not over the top.  Overall a decent Shiraz.  OT might even like it. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • 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 2011

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

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Fetish Wines Moscato Barossa Valley Field of Dreams 2008

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    Wine review by mark


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