Artisans of Barossa
Corner of Light Pass and Magnolia Road, Vine Vale, Barossa Valley, SA
08 8563 3935
What do you get when you mix seven artisan winemakers, a diverse range of wines and a beautiful building at the base of Menglers Hill? Artisans of Barossa is a one-stop shop, offering visitors to the picturesque Barossa Valley a chance to sample wines from seven different wineries while also dining on delicious treats courtesy of its in-house eatery, Harvest Kitchen.
Set in an architecturally stunning space just out of Tanunda, the vineyard views are worth the visit alone. Floor to ceiling windows facing west provide perfect panoramas of the sun setting every day, while the use of natural materials throughout allows the building to blend into its surrounding environment seamlessly.
Established in 2011 as a collaboration between the winemakers at Spinifex, Teusner Wines, Hobbs of the Barossa Ranges, John Duval Wines, Massena, Schwarz Wine Company and Sons of Eden, the tasting room plays host to a group of like-minded producers who have a common goal to protect and promote small-batch, sub-regional winemaking. Pooling their resources, they created a communal Tasting Room, where they could represent the best the Barossa has to offer.
Each winery has a distinct history in the valley. The 100-plus-year old Hobbs vineyard, run by Greg and Allison Hobbs, is located in the Barossa Ranges where the shallow soils, cold winters and warm summers produce grapes of exceptional quality.
Meanwhile, John Dural’s trio of Plexus, Entity and Eligo wines are borne from old vine shiraz vineyards in Tanunda, where he works with growers whose families have watched over their grapes from more than five generations.
Schwarz Wine Company, run by third-generation winemaker Jason Schwarz, produces a range of single vineyard drops, including Thiele Road Grenache and the Dust Kicker regional blend, made from some of his favourite fruit parcels available.
Run by Jaysen Collins and Dan Standish, Massena produces wines with grapes from the north-western Barossa areas of Greenock, Kalimna and Koonunga Hill, concentrating on the traditional techniques that make wines of the region so unique.
Similarly, Sons of Eden is run by Simon Cowham and Corey Ryan, who saw an opportunity to pool their knowledge from careers in viticulture and winemaking to produce world-class riesling, shiraz, mourvedre and grenache, made from grapes found in both the Eden and Barossa Valleys.
Peter Schell and Magali Gely, the husband and wife team behind Spinifex, focus on producing regional wines from Mediterranean varieties – predominately mataro, grenache, shiraz and cinsaut – and aim to make wines that display signatures of vineyard provenance and vintage and show regional typicity.
The final winemaker in the collaboration, Teusner Wines, creates traditional French blends from ancient Barossa fruit, placing an emphasis on selecting the very best fruit from well-maintained vineyards.
At Artisans, a selection of bottles are opened from each winery to make up the tasting list, which is rotated weekly. Past collections have included a journey from the ‘fresh, crisp and lively’ to ‘a sneaky sticky for afters’, stopping by the ‘sultry and lingering’; ‘reds searching for summer’; ‘it’s got body, it’s got soul’ and ‘we’re not here for a haircut’.
In line with their bespoke and boutique philosophy, each host will design a tasting of about seven wines, based on what you fancy. With the experts tailoring a selection just for you, it’s hard to go wrong.
The diversity of the menu means there’s also the opportunity to try wines side by side, comparing the differences in flavours between wines made from the same grape variety but from two distinctive wineries.
The team at Artisans of Barossa have extended their exceptional experience with Harvest Kitchen, a communal eatery focussing on shared dishes that showcase the best of local produce. Tracy Collins works closely with the community of Barossa food producers, including Hutton Vale Lamb, Barossa Cheese Co, Scullery Made Teas and Saskia Beer Chicken, to produce a seasonal menu full of fresh flavours and diverse dishes.
Nibble on house-made kombucha pickles, before dipping into organic hummus with spiced chickpeas and flatbread. If you’ve worked up an appetite during your tasting, try the tea-cured salmon with sorrel mayonnaise or the Hutton Vale Lamb Pide with yoghurt, fresh herb salad and pomegranate molasses. Finish with a salted caramel and toffee popcorn sundae or dark chocolate and coffee mousse with cocoa crumb and espresso syrup.
Artisans of Barossa is perfectly placed for all your wine tasting needs, offering a range unmatched elsewhere in the region. Sample some of the best drops to come out of Barossa’s beautiful boutique wineries in a spectacular setting.