Artisans of Barossa is a group of like-minded producers with a common goal to protect and promote small batch, sub-regional winemaking. We are six individual wineries, with different winemaking styles representing the breadth and diversity of our home - the Barossa Valley.
What binds us together is a commitment to making inspirational wines that uphold the culture and traditions of Barossa. We will make products that excite, inspire and delight our customers and each other.
Above all we must maintain a sense of pride and fun in everything we do.
We will share with you everything we love about the Barossa.
Hobbs of Barossa Ranges
The Hobbs name is relatively new to the Australian wine landscape. Greg and Allison Hobbs' postage stamp sized vineyard in the upper reaches of the Barossa Ranges is anything but, with Shiraz vines dating back to 1905. The Hobbs family moved to the historic 15 acre vineyard in 1995. In 1998 30 dozen bottles of "house wine" was made for the family and Hobbs of Barossa Ranges was born. Greg and Allison collaborate with winemakers Peter Schell and Chris Ringland to create their wines, spearheaded by a powerful trio of old vine Barossa Shiraz. "Our philosophy is to nurture rather than interferewith nature. Even in bad years, this block produces good fruit. Maybe it is simply being stubborn in old age, refusing to bend to the whims of nature".
Massena started as an inquisitive venture between friends, entrenched in the enjoyment of the physical process of making wine and transferring this into drinking the finished product. We began in the 2000 harvest, with our roots steeped in Barossa history, but with a vision for creating a new viticultural heritage.
Without a set plan, our thirst for knowledge and unbridled enthusiasm became the driving force behind the Massena wine style.
Based on drinkability and conviviality, Massena wines are 'lifestyle' wines, they are made with a view that each wine has a context. With food, with friends, for no reason whatsoever, they are there to be enjoyed.
Sons of Eden
Sons of Eden has taken its name from the two partners, Corey Ryan and Simon Cowham, who both learnt and refined their crafts over the years in the vineyards and cellars of Eden Valley. Their passion is dedicated to crafting wines of unquestionable quality from the grapes of some of the Barossa's most treasured vineyards. After carefully selecting unique sites, Sons of Eden is able to take full control of the process from the vineyard to the bottle resulting in wines with a sense of individuality and provenance.
John Duval Wines
John Duval is one of the world's best known winemakers and comes from a family that boasts four generations of South Australian vignerons. In 2003, after 28 years with Penfolds, including 16 years as Chief Winemaker, John developed his own label. Utilising old vine Barossa Valley fruit, John has created five stunning wines within his range. You will find his wines reflect the terroir of the Barossa and the handcrafted attention of all things 'John Duval'. This year John Duval Wines reflect on the developement and successes of the family winery as they enter their second decade, together with John's continuing involvementin his two joint venture projects in Chile and Washington State.
Schwarz Wine Co.
Jason Schwarz's wines taste of the vineyards where the grapes are grown. And he's got a good eye for finding great vineyards...both Jason's father and grandfather were state pruning champions, he grew up among the vines on the family property at Bethany and he's worked along side some of the Barossa's best known grape growers and winemakers. A shed load of experience has taught him that once you find great fruit you look after it with a light touch. "I like to let the fruit speak for itself", Jason says.
With family roots and extensive wine-making experience in the South of France, there is a strong French connection which drives the style and feel of Spinifex. Started in 2001 by Peter Schell and Magali Gely, Spinifex sources grapes from some of the oldest Barossa and Eden Valley vineyards planted to the classic Mediterranean varieties (Shirax, Grenache, Mataro, Cinsault, Carignan and Ugni Blanc) that have been successfully grown in the Barossa for over 150 years. With a winemaking philosophy that embraces sustainable vineyard practises and minimal intervention in the winery, there is a strong focus on producing wines where balance, purity of fruit and restraint is key. Such an approach delivers wines with a strong sense of integrity, personality, regional character and style.