"If you could only choose Australian wine region to truly showcase the history, evolution and revolution of Australian wine then you could do a lot worse than pick the Barossa Valley. There are sixth generation grape growing families in the region, custodians to Australia’s largest collection of old vines with blocks dating back to the 1840’s.
In recent years, traditional Barossa varieties like Shiraz, (Cabernet Sauvignon), 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.
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, helping to bring fine Australian wine to a global audience. The diverse range of wines from the region have won over the world's wine lovers, from wine writers and sommeliers to wine geeks and novices. Shiraz is the Barossa’s star performer, but varieties like (Cabernet Sauvignon), Grenache, Mourvedre/Mataro, Riesling and Semillon all have a long and distinguished history of producing exceptional wines." - Wine Australia
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