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The Barossa

Australia's most famous wine region

The Barossa

The Barossa has a winemaking heritage dating back to 1842 and has become Australia’s most famous wine region. 

The region is located a little over an hour north of Adelaide, South Australia’s capital city, and is home to a generous and vibrant community of artisan food and wine producers.

Settled by British and German farmers, landowners and craftsmen, the Barossa’s first vines were planted in the 1840s .  Some of the oldest, gnarly vines are used to make some special wines under the Peter Lehmann label – such as the Schrapel family’s vineyard which was planted in 1885 and provides the fruit for its namesake 1885 Shiraz which is sold as a single vineyard wine under the VSV - Very Special Vineyard - range in the best years.

The Barossa is comprised of two distinct regions, the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley and 14 sub-districts which include, but are not limited to: Gomersal, Rowland Flat, Vine Vale, Light Pass, Ebenezer, Greenock, Marananga.  Our District wines offer a great insight into the Barossa sub-districts.

The Barossa Valley and Eden Valley have a range of microclimates and soil types that when fully expressed make the wines a true reflection of their origins. 

For instance, a Shiraz grown on the fertile red-brown earth soils of the valley floor, will have a very different flavour profile to a Shiraz grown just a few kilometers away on the rocky soils of the high Eden Valley where it’s cooler and there is higher rainfall.  The slower ripening Shiraz from Eden Valley may exhibit more aromatic, spicy and elegant characters than that of a Shiraz from the lower lying areas where it may develop into a more robust and full flavoured wine.

The Barossa and Eden Valley boast over 750 grape growers, many of whom are fifth and sixth generation Barossans, who have combined their knowledge of the land and its climate with modern viticultural practice in an effort to grow wine, not just grapes.

Peter Lehmann Wines has over 140 growers across the length and breadth of the region, with access to over 750 individual vineyard sites.  With this unparalleled resource and peerless diversity, Peter Lehmann Wines is able to craft a range of premium wines that speak of their origins.

Barossa at a Glance
by Wine Australia




Altitude (above sea level): 

250 – 370m

380 – 629m

Heat degree days:



Growing season rainfall Oct-Apr: 

160mm (6.3 inches)

280mm (11 inches)

Mean January Temperature: 

21.4°C (70°F)

19.4°C (67°F)

Relative Humidity Oct-Apr: 

Average 39%

Average 44% 


Mid March – Early May

Mid March – Early May


For more information on the Barossa please visit barossa.com.

For more information on the Australian Wine Industry please visit apluswines.com