Welcome to the Artisans of Barossa blog where we will highlight news and events from around the Barossa.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Artisans of Barossa at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
For dining bookings with Harvest Kitchen please contact - firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
If there were such a thing as 'Barossa Shiraz divining rods' then Pete Schell, proprietor at Spinifex Wines must own a set! This winemaker's ability to seek and find the patchwork of small vineyards that supplies an incredible array of superb expressions of this wine region's hero grape variety is certainly impressive. If not uncanny. Or possibly god-like if you really love your Barossa Shiraz. Either way, a tasting with Pete of his myriad of Spinifex Shiraz (at least 7 different ones at last count) is what we're offering this Saturday and Sunday from 12-4 up at Artisans. This is your chance to meet, talk and taste with a true Shiraz Sifu. (Or 'master' if your Cantonese is a bit rusty.)
Pete is clearly comfortable with the idea of embracing diversity. In contrast with some of the bigger wineries, his wines are driven by the landscape and his preference for expression of varietal and site typicity rather than the winemaker's influence. This is a winemaker who both understands the land, and respects the importance of building relationships with good growers. He rejoices in the differences. and that shows in the wines on tasting this weekend.
The 2015 La Maline is a fine and elegant example of Shiraz produced from mostly Eden Valley Vineyards. Just 60 dozen of the 2012 Old Vine Shiraz were produced, from a 110 year old vineyard at Nuriootpa. A great vintage and as good an example of Barossa Shiraz you're ever likely to taste. The 2016 Indegine introduces a good dollop of Mataro blended with old vine Shiraz from the Eden Valley and Moppa - it's a bold, tannic and structural expression of Shiraz, in contrast to the elegant La Maline...the sort of Shiraz you'd drink listening to ACDC at 80 decibels. The 2015 Bete Noir is fine - it's lean, it's structured, it's athletic - I think it to be cast in the image of Michaelangelo's David. And then there is the youngster produced from 20 year old vines grown at some of the higher points around Barossa - the 2017 Syrah is loaded with soft, plush and bright primary fruit. Barely a hint of oak, and so pure! Finally 2015 Miette - made with a singular mission in mind - to bring drinking pleasure to the table.
One winemaker, six diverse expressions of the art of making Barossa Shiraz on tasting (with the winemaker) this weekend at Artisans. Don't miss out!
Cheers from Howard at Artisans.
Browse/buy the Spinifex range here.
Following a twelve-month search, Artisans of Barossa announced today plans to construct a new purpose-built home at a 56-acre vineyard property on the corner of Vine Vale and Menge Roads near Tanunda. The Barossa Council Assessment Panel approved the development application at their meeting last night, and construction will commence in April. Completion is expected by the end of this year and the doors to the new home will open in January 2019. In the interim, Artisans of Barossa will continue to operate from its Magnolia Road base at Vine Vale.
“Our aim is to make the new Artisans the keystone destination for any Barossa wine and food adventure – a place that enables people to make sense of Barossa in its entirety by bringing together every possible expression of Barossa wine along with stories, food and generous hospitality.” said Howard Duncan, Chief Operating Officer for Artisans.
“The best wine and food tourism destinations in the world share a number of key attributes, chief among them being a highly authentic expression of the produce of the region within which they operate. Throughout the process of designing our new home, we’ve challenged ourselves to create innovative and distinctive experiences around Barossa wine and food that encourage our guests to be more adventuresome and to discover more about this region’s brilliant produce - it’s culinary heritage, where it all comes from, how it’s made and the stories of the people who’ve made it. The new Artisans builds on our established position as the home of some of Barossa’s best small winemakers and, inspired by success stories from around the world, aims to set a new benchmark. Barossa is positioning itself as Australia’s global wine and food region, and Adelaide is known around the world as Australia’s ‘Wine Capital’. The new Artisans will play a leading role in supporting these twin endeavours that aim to draw increasing numbers of interstate and international culinary tourists to our State and region.”
With a new home comes the opportunity to set a new course, and from 2019 Artisans will deliver an integrated wine and food program through a single Artisans team of great Barossa wine and food people. Harvest Kitchen has chosen to remain at the current Magnolia Road location in a new partnership with Calabria Family Wines who purchased the site in 2016.
“Since early 2015, Artisans of Barossa has worked in tandem with Harvest Kitchen to become one of the most popular cellar door and restaurant destinations in Barossa. Peter, Tracy and Alex and their team have played a pivotal role, and we wish them continuing success working with Calabria Family Wines who have exciting plans for what we’ll always fondly remember as our first home.”
The new Artisans has been designed by local architects JBG, and Ahrens Construction and Engineering has been engaged as the builder.
“Through the construction stage and initial operations, the new Artisans home is expected to create more than 30 new full time equivalent jobs in addition to the team we currently employ. We’re all about offering our guests the best experience of Barossa they’ll find anywhere on the planet, and we’ll be bringing together a team that embraces our love of all things Barossa to deliver that. Recruitment should commence later this year.”
Artisans of Barossa is a group of like-minded producers with a common goal to protect and promote small batch, sub-regional winemaking. Our collaboration represents a shared way of thinking about winemaking and wine enjoying. The Artisans are Hobbs of Barossa Ranges, Schwarz Wine Company, Massena, John Duval Wines, Sons of Eden and Spinifex.
We look forward to welcoming you to the new Artisans of Barossa.
This weekend at Artisans, the Massena crew are our ‘Winemakers in the House' presenting their bold, adventuresome and exciting wines from 12-4pm on Saturday and Sunday. Come up to Artisans and have a chat with winemaker Jaysen ‘JC’ Collins and vigneron Glen ‘Glen’ Monaghan, both great guys, and both fully subscribed to the Artisans ideals of respect for provenance and guardianship of the art of small batch winemaking.
Well let’s call that ‘Plan A’…because the vagaries of weather and the demands of vintage have a funny way of turning plans to dust in an instant at this time of the year... so it may be that our winemaker in the house program will be more like a ‘winemaker in the house….winemaker not in the house…winemaker in the vineyard….winemaker back in the house….winemaker dashing off to the winery…etc etc’ affair.
Vintage in Barossa has kicked off big time this week with everything ripening up nicely - the fruit commencing its annual pilgrimage from vineyard to winery to transform from grape juice to delicious wine for our ever grateful satisfaction and refreshment. And because our Artisans are the genuine deal, proper winemaking folk whose hands (and most definitely on the occasion feet) produce the wine that finds its way into your glass - you can interpret ‘picked by Glen Monaghan and made by Jaysen Collins’ literally - as this is exactly what’s happening this weekend at Massena.
I put a quick call into ‘JC’ earlier today to get a heads up on his plans for the weekend… and he assures me the Massena team are good for their word and will be ‘in the house’ no matter what vintage throws at them. Here’s a quick run-down of what’s going on in Massena world right now, straight from the source:
- Early picked Durif from Krondorf Road at Kabminye is bubbling along nicely in the tank.
- A small parcel of cracking Marsanne from Stonewell landed at the winery this morning.
- Viognier from Greenock is probably coming into the winery tomorrow.
- They should pick their first Shiraz (from Basedow Road, east of Tanunda) over the weekend.
- Glen is working his way, snips in hand, through the Fruit Salad block on the Stonegarden Vineyard in Eden Valley - 20 different grape varieties all ‘tossed’ together to make one of the region’s most intriguing white blends.
- The basket press has ‘shit itself’ (a ‘JC’ technical term for temporarily out of service) and they expect to be jogging plenty of barefoot laps around the tanks over the weekend to press finished red ferments.
- Most importantly, someone remembered to fill the winery beer fridge with an eclectic collection of barley based beverages packaged in convenient 375ml can sized portions.
So this weekend is your chance to meet and talk to a real live winemaker or vigneron whilst they’re literally knee deep in the vintage action. I’ve asked JC to bring in a bit of fermenting juice, and Glen some freshly picked fruit, so if you or friends or guests head into Artisans this weekend they can get a taste and a feel for the fruits of the Barossa harvest. And if that’s not enough, there’s a first taste of the Massena ‘Caviste’ Blend - a blend of Shiraz, Primitivo, Petite Syrah (Durif) and Tannat.
Cheers, we hope to welcome you this weekend at Artisans.