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Details for Bethany, 'g6', old-vine Grenache


CountryAustralia
Region
Barossa Valley
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Appellation-
Grape
Grenache / Garnacha
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Year2011
Producer
Bethany Wines
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ABV14.5%


Barossa Valley

Situated about 35 miles north east of South Australia’s capital city, Adelaide, the Barossa Valley was one of the first areas in Australia where vines were planted, and is today home to some of the oldest vines in the world.

The main valley is hot and dry, favouring Shiraz (regarded as the star of the Barossa), Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon. Growing in importance is the red grape variety Mourvèdre, known here as Mataro, which is used in the blend GSM – Grenache/Shiraz/Mourvèdre.

The early settlers were largely from German-speaking areas of Europe, and so planted white Riesling, which wasn't well suited to the heat. They soon moved on to Shiraz and Grenache. But Riesling, and other cool-climate varieties like Semillon, found a home in the nearby Clare and Eden Valleys which are higher and cooler.


Bethany Wines

Johann Gottlob Schrapel and his family, German-speaking emigrants from Silesia, arrived in the Barossa in the 1840s and settled in Bethany, then the region's only settlement. In 1852 they planted their first vineyard. A winecellar was built and Johann established quite a reputation as a winemaker.
 
However, subsequent generations concentrated on grapegrowing, selling their fruit to other winemakers. It wasn't until 1981 that 5th generation descendants Geoff and Robert Schrapel established Bethany Wines and began to vinify their own grapes once again. Today Bethany Wines is owned and run by the 5th and 6th generations of the family, a history commemorated by their g6 range of wines.
 
The winemakers favour minimal intervention, hand-pruning and hand-harvesting. This gentle approach is reflected in their gravity-flow winery, built in an old quarry overlooking the vineyards.
 
Those vineyards are perhaps Bethany's greatest asset, with their ancient Shiraz and Grenache vines, many over a century old, that were preserved by the family during Australia's "vine-pull" program of the 1980s.

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