South Australia’s Barossa Valley is one of Australia’s oldest and finest wine producing regions.
Barossa Valley, South Australia
First settled in 1842 by European immigrants, it still retains its old-world charm. There are around 150 wineries and cellar doors in the Barossa Valley. The Barossa Valley is also renowned for its fresh seasonal produce, artisan food producers and award-winning restaurants. Drive the Barossa’s food and wine trails or explore the countryside by bicycle. You can also tour the region by motorbike, vintage car, hot air balloon or helicopter. Unwind in a day spa or play golf on one of the championship courses.
South Australia’s Barossa Valley, an hour’s drive north of Adelaide, is one of Australia’s hero wine regions and is a treasure trove of old vineyards the likes of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
The home to some of the country’s legendary vineyards, wines and wineries the Barossa was first planted in the 1840s. The old vines, the Mediterranean climate and ancient soils of the Barossa combine to offer the ideal terroir in which to grow grapes of the highest quality. Shiraz, Mataro and Grenache thrive in this wonderful environment.
The Barossa is a complex region with marked differences between different vineyards. Soil, rainfall and temperature vary from site to site giving us a variety of wine styles. Thanks to previous generations of Kalleskes we are the lucky custodians of vineyards in many of the best Barossa sub-regions including Ebenezer, Koonunga and the Barossa Valley Floor. Many wineries have vineyards in one or other of these sub-regions, few are fortunate enough to have vineyards so widely spread.
Atze’s Corner is proud to be an accredited Freshcare grower. We respect the environment and work to enhance it through all of our vineyard practices. We think of ourselves as caretakers of the vineyard so that for generations to come the soils and vines will yield the best the Barossa can give.
South Australia’s Barossa Valley is one of the world’s finest wine producing regions. First settled in 1842 by European immigrants, it still retains its old-world charm. There are 150 wineries and more than 70 cellar doors in the Barossa Valley. Half of the cellar doors are open to the public, but most of the others happily open by appointment. Many conduct tours of their estates and wine-making facilities.
The magic of Barossa Valley’s world-acclaimed wines lies in the diversity of its growing conditions. The Eden Valley produces distinctive cool-climate wine varieties; while the region’s flagship shiraz is grown in the warmer, low-lying areas. The Barossa Valley is also renowned for its fresh seasonal produce, artisan food producers and award-winning restaurants.
Jacob’s Creek was the Barossa Valley’s first commercial vineyard and one of the oldest in the region. Penfolds and Seppeltsfield are other iconic Australian wine names found in the Barossa Valley. The Louise offers luxury accommodation amongst the vineyards as well as one of Australia’s finest regional dining experiences at Appellation Restaurant.
Drive the Barossa’s carefully-designed food and wine trails or explore the countryside by bicycle. Taste delicious home-baked breads, smoked meats and other regional produce on the Butcher, Baker and Winemaker Trail. Or sample the hand-made cheeses along the Barossa Cheese and Wine Trail. The Barossa Heritage Trail links many historic sites and cellar doors housed in historic buildings. Visit charming heritage towns and discover the work of local artists at galleries, antique and craft shops. Learn more about the Barossa’s rich history on the heritage trail which stretches from Kapunda in the north to Mt Pleasant in the south. The Tanunda Heritage Trail shows historic photos and stories of the early days of the Barossa and offers a rare insight into this unique part of Australia.
Local companies offer a range of tours, from coach tours to more personalised experiences such as motorbikes, vintage cars, hot air balloon rides and helicopters.
The Barossa Valley is also an ideal place to indulge and unwind. Play golf amongst the gum-trees on one of the Barossa’s championship courses or relax in a day spa.
You can taste a broad selection of Barossa Valley wines during Adelaide’s annual Cellar Door Wine Festival in February or Aussie Wine Month in April. The region’s annual major event, the Barossa Gourmet Weekend, is in August.
The Barossa Valley is approximately 70 kilometres from Adelaide.
The Barossa and Eden Valleys were two of the earliest areas to be settled in South Australia, soon after European settlement in 1836. The British came first as farmers and landowners, and then the German speaking Silesian farmers and craftsmen, who brought with them a folk heritage of self sufficiency, a strong Lutheran faith and a tradition of winemaking. The combined influence – of hardworking German farmers and the ambitious British settlers created an interwoven Barossa culture which remains unique amongst Australian settlements.
Soon after settlement in 1842, the Barossa’s first wines were produced, with the main commercial growth taking place from the 1880s onward. Entrepreneurial British and Lutheran settlers built wineries and commenced selling their wines back to the vast marketplace of wine consumers in London. This local industry evolved along a different route from the traditional European practice of grower-winemakers. Although some growers did make wine for their own use, the majority sold grapes to the established wineries.
The region boasts over 750 grapegrowers who have combined their knowledge of the land and its climate with modern viticultural practice, creating a partnership with the 170 large and small wineries whose specialist skills make the most of this superb fruit.
The Barossa has a legendary reputation for its wine, and in particular for its generous, intensely flavoured Shiraz. But there is so much more – and not just other grape varieties, but a host of artisan specialities such as cheese, bread, cured meats, pickles and jams that have been proudly preserved from their European heritage. This is a community united by the fruits of the vine as well as a place of belonging. The Barossa offers friendship and warmth, idyllic landscapes and hand-crafted wines. It is a place of family, friends, tradition and laughter, and you are welcome to share the Barossa story.
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