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2/04/2015

Barossa Grounds on tour

The Barossa Grounds project is an ongoing journey to investigate and articulate the diverse characteristics of the sub-regions or ‘parishes’ of the Barossa Valley and their influence on wine style, particularly Barossa Shiraz.

The Barossa Grounds project began with an understanding that despite being a world-famous wine region with more than 160 years of winemaking and a some of the oldest vines in the world, there was a lack of data about the landscapes, soil types, meso-climates, and the impact of these factors on the wines.

The process of defining the ‘grounds’ began in 2008 with annual tastings from 80 sites around the Barossa, to understand and describe the diversity of flavours of Barossa Shiraz. Work continues to map consistencies and differences between the Barossa grounds in terms of soil type/available water-holding capacity, temperature, rainfall, and elevation.

During the Barossa Vintage Festival, the project will be ‘on tour’. The Barossa Grounds Tour is a fantastic opportunity to explore the diversity of the Barossa parishes in a glass of wine. Hosted by winemakers and grapegrowers as well as viticulturists and soil scientists, participants visit four vineyards and learn about soil differences while tasting wine made from that vineyard.

For keen wine consumers as well as members of the wine trade this in an opportunity to learn more about the unique identities of the Barossa parishes. It’s also a chance to see the diversity within the Barossa GI, to contrast the influence of Eden Valley’s rolling hills with the deep sands of Kalimna and everything in between.

This exclusive opportunity will be hosted by Barossa winemakers (including Wayne Dutschke, Colin Sheppard, Toby Barlow and Stuart Bourne) and grapegrowers/viticulturists (including Nicki Robins, Chris Rogers, Chris Canute, Bruce Henderson and Anthony Scholz), who will inspire you with their knowledge of the incomparable ‘grounds’ that make up the patchwork of vineyards across the Barossa.

The tour includes travel in an air-conditioned coach, morning tea, a tasting of wines made from the vineyards, wine glass, lunch and other light refreshments.

Event Details

Date: 16 April 2015

Time: 9:30am-4:00pm

Location: Barossa Valley and Eden Valley

Cost:  $150 per person

Bookings: Follow the link from www.barossadirt.com

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