Day 3. Barossa Valley South Australia.
Morning came with a melancholy feeling as this was to be our last day in the Barossa. What an amazing couple of days in this fantastic area. Here is Day 1 and Day 2. Tasting great wines, meeting and chatting with some great people. Quick photo compilation.
While in the area we had made contact with Dell'uva Wines. This was an opportunity to take a look at a brand new, not yet bottled first vintage operation. Who could refuse this wonderful look at the beginnings of hope for the future in the vision of Dell'uva Wines.
Wayne Farquhar is the driving force behind this new venture. Wayne has been connected to the wine industry for many years as owner of Elite Grapevine Nursery, a family run business managed by Wayne, with input from son Connor, daughter Amelia and wife Lisa that started in 1998 when Lisa and Wayne purchased their Barossa SA property “FRILL HILL”.
While the wines are foremost on Wayne's mind as he nears his first bottling it was the move into Grapevine production.at the Elite Nursery that got his roots started. (pun intended) Focusing entirely on producing high quality affordable dormant Grapevine Grafting, Root stock and Green Pots with anew peat cell import from Oslo, was the starting point of this journey.
Wayne is confident that with all the vineyard trials he has observed and participated in for many years all over the world, that he is on to something that will set him apart from the rest. He is also convinced that the slightly unique climate at this corner of the Barossa Valley is also one piece of the exceptional puzzle. He also believes that new world Italian Spanish, Portuguese and French varieties will serve him well by enchanting those that taste them.
Tasting through the barrels of the upcoming bottling was very exciting as Wayne may actually be on to something. The wines tasted were all very nice and drinkable, and yet months away from the bottle. Some of the different varieties were also very exciting. It is with great interest that we await the bottling and get to taste the finished product. There is also the excitement of the coming vintages as vineyard and winemaking get to know each other and process evolves. Look for these first releases in 2014 and get yourself some.
As we headed back to Adelaide we reflected on the last couple days and what an amazing place the Barossa Valley is. With great scenery and with all the small towns and their charms, it just puts a smile on your face. Small towns like Greenock, Nuriootpa, Angaston, Tanunda, Keyneton, Lyndoch, Eden Valley, Williamstown, Truro, Springton and Mt Pleasant. All these towns have that comfortable feeling and all have something to offer. The locals seem to understand and enjoy this with over 100,000 South Australians of the 178,000 Australian visitors a year (2010-2020) but as hard as it is to believe there were only 10,000 annual international visitors. This is a wine and food lovers paradise and with wonderful accommodations everywhere and there is a holiday here that is calling your name. Plan a trip to the Barossa for yourselves and experience first hand the world class wine and food and that Barossa magic. For help planning your trip the Barossa Visitor Information Center is a great resource. Adelaide is well serviced by regular domestic and international flights and once you arrive in Adelaide there are plenty of options to complete your journey to the Barossa. Rental cars, tour operators and public transport are all available. Stay as long as you can but with all there is to see and do, a 5-7 day stay is a recommended must do.
Happy Tasting Adventures,
Oh the things we saw, and the wines we tasted. Check out this Video from our friends at Barossa Dirt for some great photo's.
Thank you to the kind people of the Barossa for the wonderful hospitality and generosity of your time at all the great places we visited this trip.
Artisans of the Barossa
This video sums up this magical place.
Watch You. Me. Barossa