Wines from Barossa Valley
Love Australian Wines? It’s Time to know the Barossa Valley
I’d group wine lovers into two categories. One is the group which loves Australian wines and the other is the group which doesn’t know about them.
There can’t be any haters of Australian wines!
So, if you’re a lover of Australian wines, I’d ask you to learn about the Barossa Valley.
Wondering what’s so special about this region?
Well, this is not only one of the oldest wine regions in the country, but also an extremely important wine region.
Here, we can get some of the most popular, as well as the most sought wine brands of the world.
History of Barossa Valley’s Wine Industry
Australian history suggests that wine has been associated with Barossa Valley right from the year 1842 itself.
Unlike most other Australian wine regions, which were highly influenced by the British, the Barossa Valley’s wine industry was influenced by the Germans.
We could say that it was the Germans who shaped the region’s wine industry to the perfect form.
The first vines of Barossa, which produced good results, were of Riesling variety, a German wine grape.
However, most of the wines produced were used for brandy production. It was only during the mid-20th century, the industry’s focus was shifted to non-fortified and premium wines.
During those days, Barossa Valley was considered inferior to others. From that period till date, the Shiraz variety is dominating the region’s wine industry.
By the end of 20th century, the region started to concentrate on various boutique wines, which began to earn to great acclaim among the wine lovers.
Location and Geography of Barossa Valley
The Barossa Valley is located within the Barossa Zone of South Australia. This region is located at about 35 miles from the city of Adelaide.
Located at the latitude of 34°S, the region is full of valleys and rolling hills.
In some places, these hills are reaching the heights where white vines can be cultivated without harming their characteristics.
Although the overall climatic conditions are found to be continental in Barossa valley, the presence of valleys and hills are causing a range of mesoclimates here.
In general, the valley floors are found to be experiencing warmer climates, whereas, the higher altitudes are experiencing cooler climates.
During the growing seasons, the region gets hotter, as well as drier, and the temperatures would reach up to 35 degrees Celsius.
Thus, the ripening phase extends thereby, resulting in the more concentrated flavours.
The region is getting only lesser amounts of rainfall during the growing seasons (only up to 160 mm). Therefore, irrigation will be done to support the viticulture here.
Then, the processes like reverse osmosis and the addition of water to the must also will be done. It is noted that right from the historical times, the winemakers of Barossa Valley were utilizing shorter maceration periods to shorten the duration of wines’ contact with skins.
Thus produced wines would leave a smooth mouth-feel in the consumers. The best wines of the region are found to be richer and darker in colours with full bodies. Also, they will be loaded with fruitiness and essence of mint and eucalyptus.
Wine Grapes of Barossa Valley
We can say that the signature grape variety of Barossa Valley is the Shiraz, although several other varieties are also found here.
The other major varieties of wine grapes grown in Barossa Valley are:
- Cabernet Sauvignon
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