Located amongst rolling hills, stone churches and picturesque vineyards – the Barossa Valley is one of Australia’s oldest and finest wine regions. So, it only makes sense that when you scratch a little deeper you’ll find the world’s oldest Shiraz, Mourvèdre, Grenache and Cabernet vines and some of the best wines in the world – proving things do get better with age.
1. Langmeil Winery: Shiraz
One of the Barossa’s original settlements, Langmeil, boasts a rich history in the region – and the oldest surviving Shiraz vineyard in the world lives to tell the tale. Planted in 1843, the old vineyard is where the iconic Langmeil Freedom 1843 Shiraz hails – a rare wine that commemorates the pioneering spirit of the region’s first settlers.
2. Hewitson Wines: Mourvèdre
Sit back and take in the sweeping vineyard views and sip on a glass of the Old Garden Mourvedre at Hewitson Wines. On Seppeltsfield Road in the heart of the Barossa, the vineyard is home to the oldest Mourvèdre vines in the world, planted in 1853.
The restored “Smokehouse” cellar door is home to ‘Miss Harry’, sourced from a Grenache vineyard planted in 1880 – also thought to be the oldest Grenache in existence.
3. Cirillo Estate Wines: Grenache
Meticulous craftsmanship is what has kept Cirillo Estate’s ancestor vineyards thriving after all these years. Family members Marco and Vincent remain the only two people who have pruned the 1848 Grenache vineyard in the last 40 years.
Enjoy the flavors of The Cirillo 1850 Grenache, 1850 Ancestor Vine Grenache Rosato or 1850 Ancestor Vine Semillon – all produced from the oldest surviving Grenache and Semillon parcels in the world.
4. Penfolds Estate Wines: Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon holds a long heritage in Australia, and in the northern Barossa at Penfolds Kalimna Block 42 you’ll find the what is believed to be the world’s oldest continuously producing Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the world. Planted in 1886, the Penfolds Cabernet Sauvignon has produced flavour-intense wines like Bin 707 and 407.