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A Wine History from 1842

A short summary of the wine history of the Barossa through the decades, written by Peter Fuller.

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Barossa Vintages - 1840s

The First Century 1840 to 1940

The Barossa is founded by a wealthy, philanthropic English shipping merchant, George Fife Angas, soon after South Australia is settled in 1836...

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Barossa Vintages - 1940s - cooperage

Post-War Reconstruction – 1940

World War II has devastated the globe, with more than 60 million lives lost. In the Barossa there is suspicion and distrust between fourth generation English descendants...

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Barossa Vintages - 1950s

Optimism and Innovation – 1950

Australia’s most famous winemaker, a pipe-smoking Penfolds blender Max Schubert packs his suitcase and travels to Bordeaux...

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Barossa Vintages - 1960s

Cool and Elegant – 1960

Barossa’s winemakers are leading a new – high altitude-fine wine revolution...

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Barossa Vintages - 1970s

Boom and Bust – 1970

Aggressive promotion by the Australian Wine Bureau and its director Len Evans has at last stimulated consumer demand and it is red wine from the Barossa that the newly urbane trendsetters of the 1970s want...

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Barossa Vintages - 1980s

Out of the Dark – 1980

In a knee-jerk bureaucratic response to the grape oversupply, the South Australian Government introduces a Vine Pull Scheme, paying growers to remove unproductive vines and exit the industry...

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Barossa Vintages - 1990s

The Revolution – 1990

From this "revolution" of the late 1980s and early 1990s, a new style of full-bodied Barossa red wine emerges...

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Barossa Vintages - 2000s

Maturity – 2000

As the new millennium dawns the Barossa is at the crest of an unsustainable wine collector-driven tsunami...

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Barossa Vintages - 2010s


A new decade emerges and there is a new sense of hope and optimism...

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Did You Know?

"Wm. Salter established Saltram Wines in 1859, near the entrance to Angaston"