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While Australia is still referred to by some as a ‘New World’ wine producing country, it may surprise you to find out that is actually home to some of the world’s oldest vines, with some blocks dating back to the 1840s. The largest collection of these beautiful plants is located in South Australia's famous Barossa, where there is a particularly important number of very old Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvèdre vines.
During this session Julia Lambeth DipWSET will cover the definition of ‘old vines’, the history of winemaking in Barossa and how this region came to be home to so many old vines. She'll also take a look at the Barossa Old Vine Charter and explore how a vine's age might affect the style and quality of wine produced.
While there is no requirement for you to try and obtain a specific wine, please feel free to join with a glass of wine of your choice, even better if it’s something from Barossa!