For modern travellers, gnarly takes on a new meaning in sunny South Australia. Particularly in the Barossa Valley where ‘gnarly old vines’ is a common descriptor, often experienced when tasting world-famous wines connecting in vineyards well over 100 years old.
For three of the Barossa’s best experiences that highlight how significant Australia’s winemaking heritage really is, read on.
Yalumba Nursery and Grenache Discovery, Barossa Valley, SA
Starting back in 1849, Yalumba is Australia’s oldest family-owned winery and on their Grenache Discovery, you’ll visit some of the world’s oldest grenache vines, fascinating gnarly structures, yet still producing magnificent wines. Enjoy a tasting amongst the vines for a truly unique experience. This tour offers a wonderful understanding of the process from vine bud to glass and is an engrossing introduction to Barossa grenache and Yalumba’s collection of award-winning and unique expressions of this variety.
Centenary Tasting, Seppeltsfield, Barossa Valley, SA
Seppeltsfield is the only winery in the world to release a 100-year-old, single vintage wine each year. A world away from the established wine regions of Europe, the Seppeltsfield Centenary Tasting is a once in a lifetime experience. Visit the homestead, home to multiple generations of the Seppelt family, followed by a private tasting of super-premium fortified wines. The tour culminates in the 1878 Centennial Cellar, where you will taste your birth year Tawny (direct from barrel) as well as the legendary 100-year-old Para Vintage Tawny.
Double Barrel Experience, Jacobs Creek, South Australia
Recently, Jacobs Creek celebrated their 175th anniversary making wine in the Barossa Valley. And while heritage is at the heart of their processes, on the Jacobs Creek Double Barrel experience, you’ll see that their winemakers are very much young at heart. Discover what is unique about Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel wines, a select range of wines matured first in traditional wine barrels and then finished in aged whisk(e)y barrels. Enjoy an in-depth sensory experience where your host will guide you through two varietals: Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, identifying varying characteristics and aromas before and after their Double Barrel maturation. Finish the signature experience with a special limited release, Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Rare 50YO Shiraz.
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