Welcome to the Artisans of Barossa blog where we bring you news and events from Artisans of Barossa, Vino Lokal and the Barossa region.
Every day across Easter, and then again on Anzac Day and Barossa Vintage Festival Parade day, the Artisans of Barossa are taking over the Vino Lokal laneway in Tanunda. Over 20 wines on tasting each day from Spinifex Wines, Schwarz Wine Co., John Duval Wines, Hobbs of Barossa and Sons of Eden, with winemakers on hand to pour their wines and share stories of the 2019 vintage.
Artisans Laneway Takeover hours
Good Friday 12 - 5pm
Easter Saturday 12 - 5pm
Easter Sunday 12 - 5pm
Easter Monday 12 - 5pm
Anzac Day 12 - 5pm
Sat 27 April 11am - 5pm- Vintage Festival Parade Day
Vino Lokal Wine Bar hours
Bookings for lunch and dinner are recommended, and can be made by calling (08) 8563 3935, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
While Howard Duncan, COO of Artisans of Barossa / Vino Lokal, doesn’t fit the ‘3 in the ground’ rule of ‘Barossa local’ he has certainly earned his place.
After working all over the globe, Howard settled in Barossa 16 years ago, installing himself in the centre of the region’s wine industry. Howard has become somewhat notorious in the region for pushing the envelope; the inspirer of big, new ideas. Just recently he oversaw the opening of a new wine bar in just 90 days from light bulb moment to opening night, and his ‘top 5 Barossa Wine Auction picks’ are actually 6, if that gives you any indication of his tenacity!
It’s safe to say Howard knows his way around a Barossa wine or two, and his picks are not all the usual suspects. So, please enjoy your second preview into the Barossa Wine Auction catalogue, due out later this month:
1. Lot 12W: EDEN HALL BLOCK 4 SHIRAZ
Prices for the Eden Hall Reserve Rieslings have been on the climb in in recent years as more wine collectors begin to acknowledge the exceptional pedigree and longevity of these estate grown wines. Eden Valley Shiraz is superb, led by its poster boys from Henschke – Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone. Eden Hall have first rate vineyards and the winemaking is faultless – these are outstanding wines. The two flights available in the on line auction feature wines from the strongest vintages, and should attract strong bidding from those in the know!
2. Lot 9S: ROJOMOMA RED ART RED WINE OF PROVENANCE SHIRAZ VERTICAL
Husband and wife team Bernie Keading and Sam Kurz turned the accepted order of things on its head at the 2017 National Wine Show in Canberra by taking home The Red Wine of Provenance Trophy. In this class, the judges consider three vintages of the same wine spread across at least ten years – a huge ask for small producer like Rojomoma, and hence typically the Trophy is the domain of the big names. But the superb quality of these wines and their obvious ability age won the day, and the Rojomoma dynamic duo shook the foundations of Barossa red winemaking to their core.
3. Lot 91W: TIM SMITH WINES TSW RESERVE
Yes he’s a mate, and yes he’s a good bloke…but he’s also a top winemaker and these two wines come from some of the very oldest and finest vineyards in Barossa. Tim is the epitome of hands on from vineyard to glass – I suspect he may even lick the back of each label to ensure it sticks to the bottle. This is a one man band – just call the winery “Hello, Tim Smith Wines, Tim Smith speaking”. Superb old vine Shiraz, and the Mataro will outlive the next dozen Australian prime ministers.
4. Lots 37W & 38W: JOHN DUVAL WINES ENTITY SHIRAZ
I have the distinct pleasure of working for the father/ son team of John and Tim Duval, and these guys are a pro outfit. They don’t make a lot, and what they do is determined solely by the availability of great vineyards. The 2016 Entity won the best shiraz trophy at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards last year, and the vintages on offer in this pack are like a roll call of my picks for best vintages in recent memory.
5. Lot 26W: HEAD WINES ANCESTOR VINE GRENACHE
I really think this is one of the greatest Grenache wines I have ever tasted. From fruit grown east of Springton in the Eden Valley in a vineyard planted in 1858, this is a world class red wine. Imperials are rare beasts, and this is a rare wine from an exceptional and rare vineyard. Go hard on the bidding on this one, you’ll thank yourself for years to come if you decide on onsell in the future, or if you get a dozen mates around to get on the Grenache! Either way, this is a guaranteed winner
6. Lot 53W: MAVERICK TRIAL HILL EDEN VALLEY SHIRAZ
I tasted the 2010 of this vintage as part of a Barossa Shiraz masterclass I gave in Hong Kong back in 2014… and I have never forgotten it! 2006 and 2016 are equal, if not stronger vintages, and the vineyard which sits high above the valley in the Barossa ranges is legendary. A great addition to the cellar
Post originally published at: https://www.barossawine.com/auction-picks-howard-duncan/
Bidding is now open on the 2019 Barossa Wine Auction - visit the Langton's site here.
If we polled an audience of Barossans and asked “When is the best time of the year to visit Barossa?”, April would win by the proverbial country mile. Endless warm sunny days, crisp cool nights, and vineyards are a patchwork of Autumn colour.
The planets align this April with Easter, School Holidays, ANZAC Day and the main event - the Barossa Vintage Festival which runs from Wed. 24 to Sun. 28 April. The Festival Parade is on Sat. 27 April, and goes right past the Vino Lokal front door. Catch the parade, then stay on to enjoy some Artisans of Barossa wine and a spot of lunch before heading out to experience more of our beautiful region.
If you prefer to miss the crowds, why not sneak away mid-week for our new Wednesday Kitchen Table Nights. Book early to snare a seat at the long table, and if you feel like a sleepover, contact the Barossa Visitor Centre or Getaways Reservation Service who can help you find a cosy B’n’B nearby.
Make your lunch or dinner booking by calling 08 8563 3935 or book your seat at the Wednesday Kitchen Table here.
See you in April!
With plenty happening, we wanted to share an update on our plans for Artisans of Barossa and Vino Lokal.
To help out with a smooth transition, we’ve agreed with Calabria Family Wines to stay on at our current home until the end of January. We’ll be open every day from 11am – 6pm all through January, including the New Year’s Day and Australia Day public holidays. The only change to note is that Harvest Kitchen now has a dedicated direct phone number, and can now be reached on (08) 7523 3950.
Vino Lokal is the name of our new Wine Room and Wine Bar, and this will open at 64 Murray Street Tanunda on January 4. As we work our way up to full speed, our opening hours for the first 10 days will be:
Friday 4 Jan. 3pm – 10pm
Saturday 5 Jan. 3pm - 10pm
Sunday 6 Jan. 11am-6pm
Monday 7 Jan. 3pm – 8pm
Tuesday 8 Jan. 3pm – 8pm
Wednesday 9 Jan. 3pm – 8pm
Thursday 10 Jan. 3pm – 8pm
Friday 11 Jan. 3pm-10pm
Saturday 12 Jan. 3pm-10pm
Sunday 13 Jan. 11am-6pm
From Monday 14 January, we plan to be open from 11am every day.
If you need to contact us, please call Artisans of Barossa or Vino Lokal on (08) 8563 3935. For email inquiries:
Contact Vino Lokal at email@example.com
Contact Artisans of Barossa at firstname.lastname@example.org
And if you want to keep up with the latest news from Vino Lokal, then please follow @vinolokal on Facebook and Instagram. Sometime next week we’ll start to share a few sneak peaks of the Wine Bar menu which is being kept under wraps by Director of Cuisine Ryan Edwards. Stay tuned!
Here’s a few things we'd also like to share with you about Vino Lokal.
From Monday 14 January, the Wine Bar will open every day from 11am offering over 50 Barossa wines by the glass, half carafe and bottle. The Wine Bar menu is all about food to go with a glass of wine, and will feature a daily selection of small plate offerings created from fresh seasonal produce sourced from Barossa and across South Australia
We’ll open the Wine Room on Monday 21 January. The Wine Room re-imagines the winery tasting bar with a shift from just wine, to wine and food, and from stand up to sit down, (and sit down you will – in the most luxurious surrounds and comfort!). Open every day from 11-5, over 50 wines from the region’s artisan winemakers are available for purchase in tasting flights of your choice, accompanied by a daily selection of bite sized portions from our wine bar menu.
Vino Lokal is a small and intimate place of just 50 seats spread across 2 rooms. If you plan on coming in a group of more than eight, can we ask that you call or email ahead so that we make suitable arrangements (we suppose that’s our friendly way of saying – groups of 9 or more are preferred to be by appointment).
We’re fielding plenty of requests for reservations – which is fantastic, and whilst we can accept bookings by phone and email for the Wine Room, we’re unable to accept bookings for the Wine Bar. We’ve also had plenty of interest in private functions for special occasions. If you could be patient, we’ll soon have details of our special events packages to share with you.
Vino Lokal will also serve as the temporary home of Artisans of Barossa in 2019. We’re on track to start building our new home in April which will open in January 2020. Vino Lokal will stay open, and operate in tandem with Artisans of Barossa to offer two great ways to enjoy Barossa wine, food and warm and friendly hospitality.
January is always a beautiful time to visit Barossa, and now you’ve got two great reasons to plan your trip. We look forward to welcoming you at Artisans of Barossa AND Vino Lokal.
Howard Duncan, Chief Operating Officer and the team at Artisans of Barossa & Vino Lokal
Just four months ago we decided to open a ‘place’ in the main street of Tanunda.
We hadn’t planned on opening a wine room and wine bar.
And the building was still under construction.
And we didn’t have a name.
But the will to do it, the idea of what it could be and how it would work crystallised in an instant, and we’ve charged on at a relentless pace ever since to meet our opening night deadline of January 4, 2019.
The name Vino Lokal seemed logical. Vino means ‘wine’ where ever you go, and this is a wine place. The Spanish origins of the word tied in neatly with the origins of ‘Barossa’, and ‘Lokal’ is a German word for ‘local’. Bring them together, and you have a gentle nod to the heritage of the region, and a clear message that this place will be all about Barossa wine… hence ‘Barossa Wine Room & Bar.’
So what can you expect from a Barossa Wine Room & Bar?
The Wine Room is our re-imaging of a winery tasting bar. A shift from just wine, to wine and food, it’s about sitting down and slowing down.
The Wine Room will operate every day from 11-5 and offer over 50 Barossa wines on tasting from our Artisan winemakers – John Duval Wines, Spinifex, Schwarz Wine Company, Hobbs of Barossa Ranges and Sons of Eden. Wines will be available in flights of four/ six/ or eight tasting pours and will be accompanied by 4 bite sized selections from our wine bar menu.
The Wine Bar will open from 11am - 8pm Monday to Thursday, 11am – 10pm on Friday and Saturday and from 11am – 6pm on Sunday. Matching our Wine Room program, we’ll offer a similarly extravagant selection of ‘lokal’ wines by the glass, carafe and by the bottle. Grower Champagne by the glass will also be in the mix, as will a few featured imports from familiar places and friends around the world. The Wine Bar will offer a menu of 10-12 small plate designed by our Chef Ryan Edwards to match perfectly with a glass of wine.
As for beer? Yes, we’ll have one. Gin and tonics? Maybe not. Possibly. Probably. Not sure. That’s a work in progress. Can you book a tasting in the Wine Room? Of course – drop an email to email@example.com and we’ll lock it in. Can I book a seat or table in the Wine Bar? Unfortunately, because we’re a Wine Bar and not a restaurant, that won’t be an option. But by all means, give us a call on 8563 3935 before you head out the door and we’ll let you know the lay of the land.
Cheers from the team from Vino Lokal & Artisans of Barossa
Visiting Barossa over the Summer Break? We'd love to see you at Artisans of Barossa and Vino Lokal.
Artisans of Barossa
Tasting Room & Cellar Door
Open Dec1 - Jan 31: 11am to 6pm
Closed Christmas Day December 25
Wine Tastings are available between 11am and 6pm.
For groups of 8 or more or for special requests, please contact us at 08 8563 3935 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For dining bookings with Harvest Kitchen please contact - email@example.com
corner Light Pass Road & Magnolia Road, Tanunda
08 8563 3935
Barossa Wine Room & Bar
Opens January 4
Wine Room & Bar:
64 Murray Street, Tanunda
08 8563 3935
The Artisans of Barossa Grenache Project is an exciting initiative that brings together each vintage six Barossa winemakers and a single Grenache vineyard in a brilliant showcase of individual expression in the art of small batch winemaking. The 2017 vintage sold out in six weeks.
The 2018 Grenache Project features six individual wines produced from the same Barossa Valley Grenache Vineyard. The wines are made by Peter Schell of Spinifex, John and Tim Duval of John Duval Wines, Jason Schwarz of Schwarz Wine Company, Greg and Allison Hobbs of Hobbs of Barossa, Jason Collins of Massena, and Simon Cowham and Corey Ryan of Sons of Eden.
Each winemaker was allocated a single row of 60 year old bush vine Grenache in the Kylie’s Garden Vineyard at Stockwell in the northern Barossa, and presented with a simple brief – make a Grenache you’d like to drink. The results are outstanding and a superb reflection of the 2018 vintage which is considered to be a standout year for Barossa red wine. And whilst through each wine you can taste the consistent thread of the vineyard, each stands alone as an expression of six individual approaches to making Barossa Grenache.
The Grenache Project is an experiment designed to explore the influence of winemaking on the terroir of a single vineyard. The first vintage release in 2017 received acclaim from Australia’s most respected wine commentators.
“Grenache is the grape of the moment, at least in the warmer regions of South Australia… The Artisans of Barossa Grenache Project is in many ways the culmination of this obsession. The wines sold out long ago, but the six winemakers who share the Artisans of Barossa cellar door released six 2017 grenaches which demonstrate just how strongly the winemaker’s thumbprint can trump terroir, at least while wine is very young… Each treatment yielded a wine that is different from every other wine. All are interesting, several sublime.”
Huon Hooke, TheRealReview.com, April 2018
“There are all manner of groups and initiatives that have proposed a collective yet individual approach to a winemaking schemata, but by my reckoning none so far where a single vineyard of grenache has been explored through the lens of six, diverse winemakers.”
Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, January 2018
“Artisans of Barossa are a bunch of like-minded souls from six wineries who share a goal to “promote small batch, sub-regional winemaking. They collaborated last year on Grenache Project 2017 – an experiment designed to explore the role of terroir. And let me tell you, they made six glorious Grenache.
James Halliday, Weekend Australian Magazine
Each pack contains a single bottle of each plus an exclusive storybook detailing the story behind the Project and each wine.
Price is $250 per pack plus $10 delivery.
On December 31 we close the door on our time in Vine Vale, and just days later open the doors to Vino Lokal, our new wine room and bar in central Tanunda. In April 2019 we begin construction on the new home of Artisans of Barossa which will be located at Kroemer’s Crossing at the top end of Tanunda. That will open in early 2020, and Vino Lokal and Artisans of Barossa will then operate in tandem offering two fantastic, but very different ways of enjoying Barossa wine and food.
The seven years we’ve called Vine Vale home have been quite a ride. What started as a simple idea for a group of small Barossa winemakers to share a cellar door mushroomed into something much, much more. The team at Harvest Kitchen have played a pivotal role in that story, and we wish them well as they stay on in a new partnership with Calabria Family Wines who take up residence from January 1. Make sure you head up the hill and say hi to Bill, Michael and Andrew Calabria. This a great family and we welcome them warmly to the Barossa wine and food community.
The first set of new doors to open for Artisans will be at 64 Murray Street Tanunda, in a building once known as Roger’s Shoe Store and then for a time as Nosh. Construction and fit out will be completed in the next six weeks, and we’ll tear down the brown paper to reveal ‘Vino Lokal Barossa Wine Room & Bar’.
Vino Lokal will be a melting pot of ideas, opportunities and possibilities. A distillation of our collective experiences, of much time spent in some great (and occasionally not so great) wine bars and wine places around the world. Time spent thinking how, and wishing that, we could bring all of the good bits together in a place we called our own, right here in our Barossa backyard. A place where you can taste and drink and buy across the spectrum of Barossa winemaking, with wines from a few overseas friends thrown in to the mix as well. Somewhere to snack and graze from a compact wine bar style menu of tasty food, with its soul and its foundations in the lands of the farmers and the hands and minds of the artisans food-makers of our fair valley. A place to meet up with friends, and a place to take guests to and show them what Barossa does best. Even a place for a quiet moment of solitude and a sneaky glass of Eden Valley Riesling before you head home to face reality.
We hope Vino Lokal will be all of that.
The doors at Vino Lokal will be open 11am to 8pm Monday to Thursday, and 11am to 10pm on Friday and Saturday. Sunday is an 11am to 6pm affair. During the day we'll offer a completely re-vamped cellar door style tasting program featuring our Artisans of Barossa wineries in the front room. Think of sitting on luxurious, art deco inspired, velvet bar stools along a white marble topped bar, or sinking deeply into tub chairs. Think of pondering, and then creating tasting flights that can lead you astray, in a Barossa wine kind of astray. In the back room, drop in for a glass of wine and a light bite to eat anytime. Take a seat at the window, or somewhere along the 20 seater communal table. Come 5pm, the front room converts from wine room to wine bar, and we'll offer over 50 great Barossa wines by the glass and plenty more by the bottle. Yes, we aim to proudly overwhelm you with choice.
Alongside everything we do in wine, throughout the day and into the night we’ll have delicious bites on offer prepared by Ryan Edwards. We welcome the former Executive Chef at the one hatted Appellation at The Louise as our ‘food artisan’ and trust he is slowly coming to terms with the fact he will soon have two places to look after!
We’re on track for a January 4 2019 opening. The construction team from BGI have worked nothing short of miracles - Michael Hannay, you need to be cloned! Thanks also to Andrew from Homburg, and our landlords Robert and Pam for being so responsive and positive to our idea for Vino Lokal. Thanks too to Jenny & Steve from Decor Made Easy who have been a tour de force - just wait until you see the interior design they’ve come up with.
As you can see, there’s a strong ‘lokal’ flavour to this endeavour, from the wines to the food and to the people who helped bring it all together at breakneck speed. We can’t wait to welcome you through the doors at Vino Lokal when we open on January 4, and for it to become a place full of happy and contented lokals.
Howard and the team at Artisans of Barossa
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Congratulations to John Duval Wines whose 'Plexus' Shiraz Grenache Mourvèdre has been awarded in the recently released Langton's Classification VII.
Plexus SGM is one of only 12 Barossan wines selected in the Excellent category which is for "Australian wines of consistent merit. Steadfast, popular and expressive".
The Barossa Grape & Wine Assocation (Barossa Wine) says "The Langton’s Classification, now in its 30th year, bases eligibility on how well a wine performs on the open auction market; the volume of demand it attracts and the prices it realises. Revised every five years, Langton’s comments “ultimately, the reputation of a wine is based on its auction pedigree, the record it builds up, over time.” The success of Barossa’s wines in the Classification underlines the exceptional quality of both the region’s viticulture and winemaking."
Barossa continues its reign as the highest represented region" representing 28% of the Australia-wide list.
Purchase your John Duval Wines at our online wine store .
Langton's image courtesy Barossa Grape & Wine Association
‘MAX & ME’ or Sarah & Phil, back in the Artisans house this weekend.
As I walked in the front doors of the Rex in Tanunda at 6.40am on Wednesday to face my weekly thrashing at the hands of Jess the personal trainer, the BOM app on my phone reminded me how bloody cold it was – a touch below -2 degrees Celsius. And whilst I considered for a moment the insanity of anyone being out and about at this time of the morning (paying to be thrashed!) in these alpine conditions, my heart went out to the folk living high up in the hills of the Eden Valley. For we in the wine business recount time and again of the cooler nights and crisp morning conditions of that fair Valley, and the powerful impact these special micro climates have on the wines produced from the vineyards dotted across what must be the most Australian looking of Australian vineyard landscapes. (cue kangaroos, gnarly old gums, rolling hills and big blue skies etc).
Concerned, I dropped Phil “Lehmo” Lehmann a text this morning ‘Morning mate… random question. How cold did it get at your joint in the EV this week?’ I then prepared to wait a little while for a response, giving Phil the time to take of his gloves, warm his digits, blow the steam off a mug of coffee, shoo away the kangaroos and file his response. ‘Cold as penguin’s feet mate – would have hit minus 0.5 I reckon.’ Now that was not what I expected, and I conveyed my surprise at reports of positively tropical conditions coming in from my similarly hirsute mate from Eden Valley in a follow up question. ‘Bugger me, I thought you blokes would be colder up in them thar hills?’
‘Closer to the sun’came the reply in an whip crack of an instant of time. The Lehmann dry wit that has spanned generations is still hard at work.
Phil & Sarah Lehmann’s Eden Valley property produce some brilliant wines under their Max & Me label, and we’re very excited to have them in the house at Artisans pouring their wines this weekend. And why is their estate label ‘Max & Me’, and not ‘Phil & Sarah’? That story starts with a chance meeting of Sarah with Phil’s dog Max, which marked the start of their journey together. Sarah, a professional ballet dancer and passionate dog lover, was performing at the Barossa Music Festival. She met Max at rehearsal, and meeting Max led to meeting Phil. Max was always with either, or both; whether working in the vineyard or winery with Phil, or at work or University with Sarah. He went to the wedding, and tagged along on their honeymoon. So what to call their wines made from their beautiful Eden Valley vineyard? ‘Max & Me’ of course!
The full range is on tasting this weekend, and the Lehmanns will be in the house from 12-4pm Saturday and Sunday with the latest weather and vintage reports from their beautiful Boongarrie Estate property in the Barossa Ranges. A place where biodiversity is encouraged and where pest and disease pressures are minimal. Where sheep and cattle graze the vineyard grasses during winter, and where dung-beetles do what dung-beetles do – eat animal poo to produce dung-beetle crap to serve as fertilizer to improve the vineyard soils. This philosophy of managing the land to look after the soils, and deploying minimal chemical inputs makes for special dirt in a special place. And with special people in charge, there’s one thing for sure. These are exceptionally special wines!
Cheers, Howard from Artisans.