Barossa Valley, Yarra Valley

The Barossa Valley is about an hour and a half drive to the North of Adelaide, in South Australia and is the oldest wine region in the country, founded by German settlers. The region can be credited with putting Australian wine on the world wine map, thanks to Shiraz, which thrives in the warm climate (though Hunter Valley Semillon also contributed.)

For many years traditionalist wine makers thought the grape variety was best suited to the cooler climates of the Rhône Valley and that the variety would cook and in the warmth of the Australian sun. Although South Australian Shiraz is a bigger, beefier wine than its southern French counterpart Syrah, no one can deny the regions propensity to produce world class wines.

Not only Shiraz is cultivated in Barossa Valley, with other red varieties such as Grenache, Mourvedre (Mataro) and to a lesser extent Sauvignon. The white varieties that thrive best seem to be Semillon, Chardonnay and Rhone varietals like Viognier, Marsanne and Roussane.

The Valley has many subregions which all have unique terroirs. Seppeltsfield, Marananga, Greenock are to name but a few. With a huge number of wineries in such a small area, and a host of accommodation, the region is very popular for wine-tourism. In the words of Master of Wine Jancis Robinson, the Barossa Valley became "Australia's quintessential wine region."
The Yarra Valley is a wine region known for producing outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The region has become a leading wine tourism destination, popular for weekend trips as it is located only an hour’s drive northeast of Melbourne. The cool climate region has some of the oldest soils in the world and produces terrific Chardonnays in the leaner, acid-driven style. Long gone are the days of excessively oaked and oily Chardonnays. Superb Pinot Noir is cultivated with tremendous results. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and even Sparkling wines of premium quality are also worth seeking out.

Yarra Valley is the oldest wine region in Victoria with the first vines planted in 1838 at Yering Station. Reg Egan founded the iconic Wantirna Estate in 1963, followed by Dr Bailey Carrodus in 1969 who founded equally lauded Yarra Yering in the foot of the Warramate Hills. Nowadays a fleet of new world winemakers and growers are making sure Yarra Valley stays at the forefront of Victorian wine production.

The region in 2009 suffered in the Black Saturday fires, with an estimated 25% of all production was impacted.
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  1. Hero of Zero Blanc de Blancs NV
    Summary: The Hero of Zero wines are hand-crafted from the best quality fruit sourced from premium vineyards across South Australia, including McLaren Vale and the Barossa. With meticulous handling in the vineyard and winery, the pristine fruit will have less ... Learn More
  2. Zilzie 'Barossa' Shiraz 2019
    Fruit was selected from premium Barossa vineyards. A layered nose of dark fruit aromas, with plum, mulberry, cedar and spice. The palate is deep and luscious, with flavours of plum and dark cherries. There are some subtle spicy oak characters ... Learn More
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    Michael Cooper
  3. Dutschke Uncle Shiraz Cabernet Merlot 2017
    Sourced from the premium St Jakobi vineyard, The 2017 Uncle is a mix of Shiraz (57%), Cabernet (37%) and Merlot (6%). These three grape varieties come together to provide a round, soft, red berry fruit palate with fine oak and fruit tannin support. Having ... Learn More
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  4. Zilzie 'Yarra Valley' Chardonnay 2020
    The Zilzie Regional Collection showcases textbook examples of varietal & regional expressions whilst being excellent value for money. This delicious chardonnay exhibits typically Yarra Valley aromas of citrus, peach and nectarine with subtle vanillin and barrel fermentation characters. The palate shows ... Learn More
  5. Zilzie 'Yarra Valley' Chardonnay 2019
    The Zilzie Regional Collection showcases textbook examples of varietal & regional expressions whilst being excellent value for money. This delicious chardonnay exhibits typically Yarra Valley aromas of citrus, peach and nectarine with subtle vanillin and barrel fermentation characters. The palate shows ... Learn More
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  6. Thorn Clarke 'Sandpiper' Merlot 2018
    12 months in tight grain French and American oak. The nose has primarily lifted strawberry and plum fruit characters. Medium-bodied with an abundance of the primary characters carried through from the nose of plum and strawberry there is also a presence ... Learn More
  7. Zilzie 'Barossa' Shiraz 2018
    Fruit was selected from premium Barossa vineyards. A layered nose of dark fruit aromas, with plum, mulberry, cedar and spice. The palate is deep and luscious, with flavours of plum and dark cherries. There are some subtle spicy oak characters ... Learn More
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    Michael Cooper
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  8. Thorn Clarke 'Sandpiper' Shiraz 2018
    Great quality at a great price! Sultry blackberry, plum and a subtle smoked meat character on the nose. A medium to full bodied wine with a silky tannin backbone, a hint of spice and a grainy tannin finish. Throughout the ... Learn More
  9. Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz 2017
    The Woods Crampton reds have become synonymous with great value drinking and the newly released 2017 Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz is no exception. The nose is bright and expressive with aromas of dark berries, ripe blood plans and exotic spice. ... Learn More
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  10. Thorn Clarke 'Sandpiper' Shiraz 2017
    Great quality at a great price! Sultry blackberry, plum and a subtle smoked meat character on the nose. A medium to full bodied wine with a silky tannin backbone, a hint of spice and a grainy tannin finish. Throughout the ... Learn More
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  11. Mojo 'Full Colour' Shiraz 2019
    We couldn't believe it. We couldn't go past it. A second opportunity to make a killer shiraz from one of the oldest and yet still exciting regions in the country - the Barossa Valley. When it's gone, it's gone folks; ... Learn More
  12. Hogshead Old Vine Shiraz 2020
    A blend of Shiraz from old vines across three key South Australian regions – the Barossa, McLaren Vale and Lower Murray. Vibrant deep purple in colour, with a lifted and aromatic nose, displaying an array of dark fruits, ripe plums and ... Learn More
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  13. Yalumba 'Old Bush Vine' Grenache 2017
    Fruit for this wine was sourced from vines planted between 1898 and 1972. Appealingly pure aromas of red cherry with raspberry and cedar, this wine is attractive and ethereal. Violets and liquorice show through the red fleshed, taut and precise palate. Pushes ... Learn More
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  14. Tread Softly Premium Pinot Noir 2020 (Low Alc.)
    Summary: Tread Softly is a contemporary range of wines seeking to deliver delicious, intensely flavoured wines that are naturally medium weighted and moderate in alcohol. By using more sustainable vineyard management and wine-making techniques to ensure their production has had ... Learn More
  15. Woods Crampton 'Pedro' Gsm 2020
    45% Grenache, 30% Shiraz, 25% Mataro. Pedro was inspired by the light and bright “lunchtime” wines found in bistro’s throughout the Rhone Valley. Surprisingly dark in colour with the wild expression only no sulphur wines can give – all red fruits, lifted forest ... Learn More
  16. Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz 2021
    The Woods Crampton reds have become synonymous with great value drinking and the newly released 2021 Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz is no exception. The nose is bright and expressive with aromas of dark berries, ripe blood plans and exotic spice. ... Learn More
  17. Oakridge 'Over The Shoulder' Chardonnay 2019
    Since its founding in 1978, Oakridge has been making wines in the Yarra Valley and has produced some of the finest examples of cool climate wines seen in Australia. Oakridge is family owned, with a philosophy of producing wines that reflect ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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  18. Pirathon 'Blue' Barossa Shiraz 2020
    The grapes were harvested from the low-yielding vineyards of traditional family growers in the north-western Barossa districts of Greenock, Moppa, Belvedere, Koonunga and Ebenezer. Each vineyard adds its own exclusive dimension to Pirathon Shiraz and combined they produce the ultimate ... Learn More
  19. The Hare And The Tortoise Pinot Noir 2021
    Finding quality Pinot Noir under $20 can prove a difficult task - so imagine our excitement when this gem arrived in the hands of our tasting panel! Lifted, pretty nose displaying typical Yarra Valley Pinot characters. Pretty fruit, with a hint ... Learn More
  20. Hogshead Old Vine Shiraz 2019
    Crack open of bottle of this magnificent Shiraz and enjoy the pleasant intermingling of red and purple fruit, milk chocolate, vanilla bean and spice, softened by ripe round tannins and well-integrated acidity. Named after the large hogshead barrels in which ... Learn More
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  21. The Hare And The Tortoise Pinot Noir 2020
    Finding quality Pinot Noir under $20 can prove a difficult task - so imagine our excitement when this gem arrived in the hands of our tasting panel! Lifted, pretty nose displaying typical Yarra Valley Pinot characters. Pretty fruit, with a hint ... Learn More
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  22. Blass Barossa Valley Shiraz 1998
    Wine maker Caroline Dunn, has produced an outstanding wine from 15-20 year old low cropped vines. Fermented in small 8 tonne, open fermenters and aged in French and American Barriques. The wine has been awarded 2 trophies, 6 Gold Medals and 4 Silver and 7 ... Learn More
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  23. Sticks Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Classic aromas of blackcurrant, plum and raspberry leaf, cigar box and freshly turned earth. Elegant, fine and long. An explosion of summer fruits and complex earthy notes suggesting a long future. The grapes were destemmed, crushed and fermented slowly for 2 ... Learn More
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  24. Airlie Bank Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    A fairly vigorous fruit thinning was called for in 2019, with about 20% of the crop removed. The remaining fruit was picked early from Block 10 on the Napoleone vineyard, just before maturity. Pressed hard, then fermented warm on full solids in old ... Learn More
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  25. Shanahans Old Dog Shiraz 2012
    Hand-crafted using small parcels of fruit from the western side of the Barossa Valley. The Old Dog Shiraz is an uncompromising marriage of both elegance and strength. The exceptional structure of the palate delivers rich plum, blackberry, chocolate and liquorice ... Learn More
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  26. Pirathon 'Blue' Barossa Shiraz 2017
    "This is splendidly fruited and inviting on the nose showing dark fruit richness together with seductive notes of anise, roasted hazelnut, cocoa and floral. ." - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit The grapes were harvested from the low-yielding vineyards of traditional family ... Learn More
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  27. Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz 2019
    The Woods Crampton reds have become synonymous with great value drinking and the newly released 2018 Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz is no exception. The nose is bright and expressive with aromas of dark berries, ripe blood plans and exotic spice. ... Learn More
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  28. Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz 2018
    The Woods Crampton reds have become synonymous with great value drinking and the newly released 2018 Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz is no exception. The nose is bright and expressive with aromas of dark berries, ripe blood plans and exotic spice. ... Learn More
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  29. The Hare And The Tortoise Pinot Noir 2019
    Finding quality Pinot Noir under $20 can prove a difficult task - so imagine our excitement when this gem arrived in the hands of our tasting panel! Lifted, pretty nose displaying typical Yarra Valley Pinot characters. Pretty fruit, with a hint ... Learn More
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  30. Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016
    The Woods Crampton reds have become synonymous with great value drinking and the 2016 Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz is no exception. The nose is bright and expressive with aromas of dark berries, ripe blood plans and exotic spice. The palate ... Learn More
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  31. Little Giants Cabernet 2020
    The southern hairy-nose wombat is small than other wombat but is stocky, robust and the proud state emblem of South Australia. Like the might of the little wombat, Little Giant iis crafted from premium regional fruit from established vineyards that ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
  32. Rusden Driftsand Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2020
    Rusden is one of the most respected names in the Barossa Valley, which has built up a huge following in a relatively short period of time. Focussing on traditional Barossa varieties and blends, the limited production wines are quickly snapped ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
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  33. Rusden Driftsand Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2019
    Rusden is one of the most respected names in the Barossa Valley, which has built up a huge following in a relatively short period of time. Focussing on traditional Barossa varieties and blends, the limited production wines are quickly snapped ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
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  34. Rusden Driftsand Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2018
    Rusden is one of the most respected names in the Barossa Valley, which has built up a huge following in a relatively short period of time. Focussing on traditional Barossa varieties and blends, the limited production wines are quickly snapped ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
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  35. Punt Road Pinot Gris 2021
    Harvested from two blocks of D1V7 pinot gris on the Napoleone Vineyard, along with a parcel of fruit from the Old Beenak Road vineyard near Gembrook. Punt Road could be the value kings of the Yarra, consistently releasing classic, ... Learn More
  36. Hoddles Creek Estate Chardonnay 2020
    Hoddles Creek Estate is located in the Upper Yarra, which is higher, cooler and more marginal than the lower Yarra. Aromas of grapefruit, almond meal, white rice, a slight fresh mint perfume, and some lemon zest. Tight and tangy, but ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  37. Torzi Matthews 'Schist Rock' Shiraz 2020
    Dom Torzi calls this wine the 'Son of Frost Dodger' as it shares the same fruit as the Torzi Matthews Frost Dodger Shiraz, and is matured in ex Frost Dodger barrels. The nose is all fruitcake, blackberry, cola and a ... Learn More
  38. Airlie Bank Pinot Noir 2021
    A medium bodied palate with vibrant cherry and plum flavours. Hints of spice and oak. Cherry and plum aromas, with light smokiness, spice and floral notes. So much drinking pleasure to be had in this bright fruited Pinot Noir! Buy ... Learn More
  39. Airlie Bank Pinot Noir 2020
    A medium bodied palate with vibrant cherry and plum flavours. Hints of spice and oak. Cherry and plum aromas, with light smokiness, spice and floral notes. So much drinking pleasure to be had in this bright fruited Pinot Noir! Buy ... Learn More
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  40. Helen's Hill Lana's Rose 2020
    The Helen’s Hill wine range celebrates passion, persistence and the genuine connection between people and land. As carefree and vivacious as its namesake Allannah, this dry style Rosé can't help but lighten the mood. Rose petals and strawberry fruits ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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