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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.
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