Welcome to the Artisans of Barossa blog where we bring you news and events from Artisans of Barossa, Vino Lokal and the Barossa region.
Six Origins is a new project by Artisans of Barossa, following in the footsteps of the hugely successful Grenache Project. Whereas the Grenache Project explored the influence of the winemaker on the flavour and character of Grenache, the Six Origins project will turn your attention to the influence of origin on Barossa wine.
Our first Six Origins release is available now, and focuses on Barossa’s hero – Shiraz. Six Origins by Artisans of Barossa features six Shiraz wines from the outstanding 2018 vintage, each from a different vineyard, each produced by a different artisan winemaker. Collectively, Six Origins showcases the range of expression in Shiraz made possible by the rich diversity of the Barossa landscape, and presents you the wine lover with a ‘journey of discovery’ opportunity. To travel confidently across the Barossa vineyard map through a sequenced tasting guided by the insights of each winemaker into the origins and flavour, character and texture of their wine.
Each pack is priced at $350 and availability is strictly limited. By joining our Friends of Artisans program, you also benefit from our Freight Cap Guarantee, and pay no more than $10 to have your wine delivered to any address in Australia. You can order Six Origins at our online wine store, or contacting Artisans of Barossa on (08) 8563 3935.
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 email@example.com
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.
It’s straight to the pool room for this one – “Best Tasting Experience – Barossa Valley” in the Gourmet Traveller WINE’s Best Cellar Door Awards 2019!
The award is a real highlight for the Artisans of Barossa and Vino Lokal team, and an achievement that we’re exceptionally proud of considering Barossa wineries now offer so many innovative and exciting ways for travellers to discover and enjoy Barossa wine. If you haven’t visited for a while, it’s time to start planning and booking that trip!
Thank you to Spinifex Wines, John Duval Wines, Hobbs of Barossa Ranges, Schwarz Wine Co. and Sons of Eden for supporting us all the way – Vino Lokal was a big and brave step!
With plenty of great wine and food events coming your way at Vino Lokal, make sure to join up as a Friend of Artisan to get all the latest news.
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!
This Sunday marks the final day at our current home as we close the doors at 3pm and say goodbye to our time at the top of Magnolia Road.
Whilst we’re building the new home of Artisans of Barossa, we invite you to taste and buy our wines from the Vino Lokal Barossa Wine Room and Bar at 64 Murray Street Tanunda. Every wine from our artisan winemakers - John Duval Wines, Hobbs of Barossa Ranges, Spinifex, Schwarz Wine Company and Sons of Eden – is available for tasting and purchase.
Vino Lokal is open from 12 noon and offers lunch, dinner and wine bar service 7 days of the week from a menu created by Director of Cuisine Ryan Edwards, formerly of the one hat Appellation Restaurant at The Louise. Check the Vinolokal.com website for the latest wine list, menu and current opening hours. Keep up to date by following us on Instagram and Facebook at @vinolokal.
We thank you for your support and look forward to welcoming you to Vino Lokal soon!
Cheers from the team
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.