Definition - What does Barossa Valley mean?
Barossa Valley is a main wine producing region located in South Australia northeast of Adelaide. The region is arid, making it an ideal location for its prized grapes; Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. White wines produced here are from Reisling and Semillon grapes.
Barossa is one of Australia's oldest wine regions, with seven generations of vintners and winemakers living in the region. There are over 150 wineries located in the valley.
WineFrog explains Barossa Valley
Its history of winemaking began in the early to mid-1800s and is the location of some of the world's oldest Shiraz vines, dating back to 1847.
Wines from this region are notable for their rich, full-body and fruity character. Shiraz is their flagship grape as it thrives in the hot, dry climate. There are many internationally known producers like Penfolds Grange, who make award winning Shiraz wines. Other well-known wineries are Wolf Blass, Jacob's Creek and Henschke Cellars.
Making fortified wines is also a tradition here.