Barossa Valley, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


The Adelaide region is home to a number of disparate high quality wine regions, the most famous of which (and the largest producer) is the Barossa Valley, Adelaide, Australia


Acclaimed as one of the world’s great wine regions, the Barossa Valley has been producing wine for over 150 years.  Despite its diminutive size less than 16 miles/25 km long the valley produces over 20% of Australia’s wine, from hearty Shiraz and crisp Riesling to Cabernet Sauvignon, Mataro (Mouvedre), Genache and Semillion.  There are several notable wineries in this region including Lehmans’s, Penfold’s, Château 1847 Yaldara, Seppeltsfield, Torbreck, and The Louise.



The winery building and tasting room at Torbreck, a leading Barossa Valley winery, Adelaide, Australia



Our tasting at Torbreck was in the barrel cellar, Barossa Valley, Adelaide, Australia


“Torbreck is an Australia winery in the Barossa Valley, founded by David Powell in 1994 [who left the firm in September 2013].  The winery was named one of the World’s Top 100 Wine Estates by Robert Parker [editor of the influential USA newsletter Wine Advocate].  The winery is named after a forest in Scotland where Powell worked as a lumberjack.  The wines are made in a style emulating those of the Rhone Valley and are made from various grapes including red grapes Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro [Mouvedre] as well as white grapes Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne.” – Wikipedia



Somewhat overwhelming, we tasted 13 different white and red wines at 10:00 a.m. at Torbreck winery, Barossa Valley, Adelaide, Australia; excluded was the winery’s flagship wine, The RunRig which is produced form 120- to 160-year-old Shiraz (Syrah) vines and a small amount of (white) Viognier



The vineyards adjacent to the winery at Jacob’s Creek Wines, Australia’s largest wine brand with over 160 years of winemaking in the Barossa Valley, Adelaide, Australia



A whimsical directional sign at Jacob’s Creek Wines, Barossa Valley, Adelaide, Australia, putting it at the center of the world



Jacob’s Creek Wines was the first winery – anywhere in our travels to wine regions around the world – to have a “breathometer” (sobriety tester) at the exit of the tasting room, Barossa Valley, Adelaide, Australia



Seppeltsfield Estate is well known as a fortified wine producer in the Barossa Valley, Adelaide, Australia



One of the rare vintage tawny style fortified wines at Seppeltsfield Estate is their 100–year-old “Para” wine, Barossa Valley, Adelaide, Australia


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