We’re starting the New Year off celebrating Australia! Why Australia? As many may know, our owner Angela is from Australia, specifically Adelaide, the capitol city of the state of South Australia. Adelaide is situated just below the Barossa Valley, one of Australia’s major wine making regions. Growing up in Adelaide, so close to the Barossa, played a large role in Angela’s desire to be a part of the wine industry. Wine making in Australia dates back over 200 years. While the country can boast having some of the oldest vines in the world, thanks to mostly missing the phylloxera epidemic, it is also known as a place of great innovation. It is the birthplace of the screw cap, after all!
Many people likely think of a big, tannic Shiraz when they think of Australian wines, and this is certainly fair. Across the continent, it is the most-widely planted variety, at 30% of all vines planted. In the Barossa Valley, the percentage is even higher, at 52% of all vines planted.
However, depending on the area you’re in, there’s almost nothing Australia, and the Barossa area, can’t do well. Rich Chardonnays and smooth Pinot Noirs can be found in the Adelaide Hills, while some of the world’s best dry Rieslings can be found in the Eden Valley. It’s also very common to find interesting blends incorporating Shiraz, be it the well-known GSM (Grenache-Shiraz-Mataro) or the truly Aussie Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz blend.
As a result of Angela’s Australian roots, about half of our current wine production comes from Australia. We try to make wines that showcase the best of what the Barossa has to offer, from the dry Rieslings to the big Shirazes, and everything in between. For that reason, we share a strong connection to this diverse place.
Why celebrate Australia now? Australia celebrates the anniversary of it’s founding on January 26th, a day also known as Australia Day. We felt that made it the perfect month to celebrate Australia and, primarily, Australian wine!