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Best Barossa Valley wines to try

By J'aime Cardillo

27 Mar, 2024

South Australia's Barossa Valley is world-famous for shiraz, grenache and cabernet (among others). We've put together a list of the best Barossa Valley wines to try.

Best Barossa Valley wines

These are some of the best Barossa Valley wines (and a few that extend to the wider Barossa Zone).

The Barossa is home to some of Australia's best-known wineries – Penfolds, Seppeltsfield, TorbreckGrant Burge, Elderton, Hentley Farm, and Château Tanunda, to name a few, along with newcomers like Iggy, Bink Wines, and Vinya Vella.

The Barossa Valley is famed for having some of the oldest-producing vines on the planet, a Mediterranean climate, and soils that span clay loam and sandy soil, through to grey, red and brown. 

The Barossa turns out fantastic white wines like riesling and semillon, and Rhône whites like marsanne and rousanne, rosé wines, made with base grapes like grenache and montepulciano, and, of course, the world-famous reds.

Some of the country's best red wines have come out of the Barossa. It's rightly famous for shiraz, grenache, cabernet sauvignon, mataro, and a few lesser-known grapes like nero d'Avola and saperavi.

On your next trip to the region, be sure to carve out a full itinerary of icon cellar doors and foodie spots. For those who can't make it to the region right away, here are some of the best Barossa wines (which you'll also find in the 2025 Companion this August), rated between 90 and 100 points by the Tasting Team.

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Image credit: Penfolds.