State: South Australia
Latitude: 34 ° 29 S
Rain in growing season: 160 mm
Mid January temperature: 21.4 ° C
Harvest time: Late February to late April
Wine varieties white: Semillon, Chardonnay & Riesling
Wine varieties red: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot
The climate in the Barossa Valley is characterized by a lot of heat and drought, with low relative humidity and precipitation in the growing season. This region has a rural nature, with cool to cold nights and hot summer temperatures during the day. The long hours of sunshine a day and the biological effect of the temperature are (surprisingly) a little warmer than those of Bordeaux and the Margaret River region. The grapes are harvested from late February to late April.
Soil & Topography
The topography of the Barossa Valley is characterized by an intricate system of transverse sub-valleys and winding hills, resulting in many different slopes, locations and terrains. The soils in the Barossa Valley vary widely, but fall under a relatively low fertile clay-loam, extending to more sandy soils ranging from gray-brown to red. As is common in South East Australia, the subsoil contains increased acidity, with limited root growth and energy.