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Barossa Wine History – Barossa

Barossa Wine History

Welcome to one of the most comprehensive and accessible collections of regional wine data in the world.

'Barossa Vintages: A Wine History from 1842' was commissioned by the Barossa Grape & Wine Association in 2010, and covers more than 150 years of Barossa's viticultural and winemaking history.

Barossa Vintages is not just a collection of historical highlights but a reference of past vintages including climatic graphs and tables, facts and figures from each year, vintage rankings and other essential data. Excerpts, charts and data are available in the sections below.

 

The First Century 1840 to 1940

Barossa is founded by a wealthy, philanthropic English shipping merchant, George Fife Angas, soon after South Australia is settled in 1836. The free colony’s first Surveyor General, Colonel William Light…
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Post-War Reconstruction - 1940

A time of change in Barossa, with Post-War innovations providing the opportunity to modernise winemaking practices.
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Barossa Wine History: Optimism and Innovation - 1950

Barossa Wine History: Optimism and Innovation - 1950
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Cool and Elegant - 1960

Even though table wine consumption in Australia still averages just two bottles per head (by 2010 it will be more than 25 bottles per man, woman and child) the Barossa’s…
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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…
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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. The unintended…
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The Revolution - 1990

From this “revolution” of the late 1980s and early 1990s, a new style of full-bodied Barossa red wine emerges. Rather than being apologists to the wine media and show judges…
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Maturity - 2000

As the new millennium dawns the Barossa is at the crest of an unsustainable wine collector-driven tsunami. Some of the rarest Barossa wines sourced from low-yielding old vineyards fetch as…
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2O1O

A new decade emerges and there is a new sense of hope and optimism. Winemakers and growers looking forward to a turnaround in the oversupplied world wine industry, find positive…
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Charts

Average rainfall and temperature data for Barossa since 1947
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Resources & References

Further Reading. Resources and References for Barossa Vintages: A Wine History From 1842
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