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Barossa Valley

There is perhaps no more famous wine region in Australia - locally or internationally - than the Barossa Valley.  By the 1850s the Barossa was a thriving grape-growing and winemaking hub, with now-famous names such as Saltram, Angas, Samuel Smith, Gramp, Seppelt and Jacob - all of which became brands in their own right.barossa.jpeg

Today there are numerous sixth and even seventh-generation grapegrowers and winemakers, and multiple blocks of vines of around 150 years of age or more.  One of the world's greatest viticultural Indeed, there is strong evidence to suggest that the Barossa Valley is home to the world's oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vines (Penfolds' Block 42 in Kalimna, dating to 1885), Mourvedre (Hewitson's 'Old Garden' from 1853), Shiraz (Langmeil's 'Freedom' vineyard, plantedin 1843 and 1847), Grenache (1847) and even Riesling (also 1847).

Incredibly, it in only the past decade or two that the true value of these ancient treasures has been realised - it was only 30 years ago that the South Australian government was sponsoring a 'vine pull' scheme to remove old-vines to reduce production.

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