The Barossa Valley region can claim credit for introducing Australian wines to the world after producing the country’s signature Shiraz (known elsewhere at Shiraz), which spurred an interest in wines from Down Under that has only grown more attentive.
German settlers were the first to plant vines in the Barossa Valley in 1842, although it wasn’t until Australian Shiraz exploded on to the international scene in the 1980s that the area rose to prominence and became one of the most influential wine regions in the country.
Shiraz remains the most planted grape here, and is often accompanied by Grenache and Mourvedre to produce typically full-bodied red wines with rich chocolate and spice flavours. Among other varieties grown successfully in Barossa Valley wineries are Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Semillon and Voignier, which tends to only appear in small doses as part of Shiraz blends.There are two designated regions within the so-called Barossa Zone – the Barossa Valley and neighbouring Eden Valley share award winning reputations for their wines as well as some of the most picturesque countryside in Australia.
While wineries in the Barossa Valley are highly regarded for the quality of thier Shiraz, which has a similar profile to wines from the Rhone Valley in France, the high terraces and cooler climate conditions of the Eden Valley produce exquisite Riesling than can be aged gracefully over decades.
Wineries in Barossa Valley range from internationally recognised producers such as Penfolds, Wolf Blass and Jacobs Creek to small, boutique estates. At Wine Paths, our local expert can organise exclusive, bespoke wine tours of the Barossa Valley and beyond, which can include elaborate tastings, luxury stay, fine dining experiences and some unique activities.
Here is an overview of some of the premier wineries in Barossa that can be visited as part of our luxury tours:
Barossa wineries: Seppeltsfield Vineyard
The Seppeltsfield Winery is one of Australia’s most iconic estates with a history of wine making that dates back to 1851 and has remained under the same family name ever since. The legacy is epitomised by the ‘Centennial Cellar’, which was completed by Benno Seppeltsfield in 1878 after the passing of his father and as a gesture he selected a puncheon of his finest wine and demanded that it was not to be bottled for 100 years. This tradition of laying down a barrel from each vintage for a century has continued to this day.
Barossa wineries: Hutton Vale Farm
Settled the Eden Valley, the Hutton Vale Farm is one of several wineries in Barossa that has been under the custodianship of the Angas family since the mid 19th century and over 170 combined years of wine making experience has led to an admirable ethical approach towards sustainability.
Barossa wineries: Henschke Vineyards
The Henschke Vineyards are currently operating under the family’s fifth generation, with Stephen Henschke and his wife Prue assuming the roles of winemaker and viticulturalist respectively with a focus on ultra-premium single vineyard wines that are regularly showered with awards.
Barossa wineries: Hentley Farm Estate
Named the 2015 James Halliday Winery of the Year, the Hentley Farm Estate is on the threshold of leading the way for wineries in Barossa Valley in terms of cellar door hospitality and innovative gastronomy.
If you are interested in visiting Barossa Valley wineries, contact Wine Paths for more information and inspirational ideas before planning a unique tour that can be tailor made to your exact specifications – ensuring every detail is taken care of before you arrive.
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