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Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Barossa, South Australia

A personal favourite

Vineyards in the background

The Wine Clinic

Autumn in the Vineyard

The Barossa is the wine capital of Australia. In 2008 The Barossa was listed as one of the world's top 10 wine destinations by TripAdvisor, an interesting travel site I've just discovered. It seems that 15,000,000 travellers from 190 countries planned trips using this site this week.

The Barossa and Eden Valley are home to some of the oldest Shiraz vineyards in the world and there are also fabulous Rieslings and iconic wine names. No other wine region in Australia can match the European heritage of the Barossa. There are over 100 accommodation options and tours operate daily.

Penfolds Grange is reported to be the best wine produced in Australia. Bin 4 Chiraz 1952 vintage, signed by Max Schubert, is available from the Penfolds Red Wine Clinic for $12,500.00 per bottle. Penfolds call their clinics 'The ultimate in after sales service'. The clinics provide owners of Penfolds wines 15 years or older, the opportunity to have their wines assessed by a Penfolds winemaker.

So what is it about Grange that's so special? This is what the people who make it say:

"The first thing to consider is reputation, based on track record. Grange has been produced every year since 1951. Good bottles from the 1950s and 60s are still marvellous drinking. It is accepted that Grange does not even begin giving its best until 12-15 years from vintage. Grange has been regarded as Australia's finest wine, without rival, for at least 30 years."

The Barossa is for people who appreciate good food and fine wine and have the means to enjoy it.