Bordeaux wine is known as one of the best wines in the world. It is produced in the Bordeaux region, France, positioned in the center of the city and covering a total vineyard area of more than 120,000 hectares. This makes it one of the largest wine growing areas in the world and the largest one in France. But over the last couple of years, the Australian Barossa wine is becoming a great alternative for the iconic Bordeaux wine. Since 1842, Barossa is a wine region where some of the best Australian wines are being produced. The region incorporates both Barossa and Eden Valley, so it is one of the few areas in Australia to have neighbouring cool and warm-climate growing conditions.
Today, about 13,200 hectares of vineyard area is planted in the Barossa wine region. There are over 750 grape growing families, transmitting their quality grapes for many generations to more than 170 wine makers that produce many different wine varieties. The Barossa region has a well-established food identity. People there have a distinct passion for food and flavours that challenges the northern Europe’s. The great Barossa wines are commonly compared to Bordeaux and they are referred to as the new Bordeaux.
Most of the plantings used for great Barossa wines are Shiraz, which is known as the regional hero. Besides Grenache, Mataro, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Semillon all make the Barossa wine region one of the world’s best, Shiraz stands out. Shiraz grown in Australia is available in two different wine styles: one is a dry-grown, heavily-worked and low yielded style, with tannin, ripeness and oak in equal amounts, and the other in a medium-bodied and finer style, picked at lower ripeness and less exposed to small oak. In the past, these two styles of Shiraz were only distinguished by regions and state, so Barossa had the perfect conditions for growing and producing the first style of Shiraz.
Since Barossa today incorporates both the warm Barossa Valley and the cool Eden Valley, both styles of Shiraz can be found in Barossa. Therefore, the region is renowned for its great Shiraz wines, building reputation to its wine region all over the world. Regardless of the style you prefer, you can find a bottle of quality Shiraz from the popular Barossa region. Aside from Shiraz, Barossa wine region has a lot of other great Barossa wines, such as Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Mataro, Merlot and Semillon. The versatile Semillon and the perfectly structured Chardonnay are the two most popular great Barossa wines after the regional hero Shiraz.