With a rich history dating back to 1842, the Barossa is one of the most historic wine producing regions in Australia. Originally established by the British, the noted German influence came from Lutheran emigrants from Prussia.
There are now sixth generation grape growing families in the Barossa and the region is home to Australia’s largest collection of old vines with many blocks of still productive vines dating back to the 1860’s. Langmeil’s Freedom vineyard (planted in 1843) is currently recognised the oldest Shiraz vineyard in the world.
There is a long tradition of fortified wine production but nowadays this is a much smaller part of the overall production in Barossa, however, the amazing wines still made Seppeltsfield are testament to the world class nature of this style. Shiraz is Barossa’s star performer but Grenache, Mourvedre, Riesling and Semillon all produce exciting wines.
Soils in the Barossa region are extremely variable with all the major variants present ranging from deep siliceous sands to heavy black cracking clays. Included in these are well drained red and red-brown clays and poorly drained yellow and grey subsoil clays. Overall the soils of the regions are defined generally as having low fertility.