The best wines of the Barossa by Tyson Stelzer and Grant Dodd

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Barossa Wine Traveller by Tyson Stelzer and Grant Dodd

Barossa Wine Traveller by Tyson Stelzer and Grant Dodd

Vines in the Barossa Valley in South Australia
Barossa Wine Traveller by Tyson Stelzer and Grant Dodd


The best wines of the Barossa stand shoulder to shoulder with the great wines of the world.

We (Tyson Stelzer and Grant Dodd) have  scoured the length and breadth of the Barossa and assembled our own hall of fame, a roll-call of heroes that represent the absolute epitome of quality and value, vintage-in, vintage-out.

If money is no object, you must tick every one of these wines off your drinking list before you die. We’ve listed them in descending order of price.

Shiraz reigns supreme as king of the Barossa, and it comes as no surprise that it leads our list, with seven epic examples. In second place, riesling is queen, and cabernet sauvignon is the prince.

The diversity of what follows is quite remarkable: mataro, grenache, viognier, semillon and tawny are all worthy of a place in the king’s court.

For one region to produce such variety at world-class standard is a testimony to the unique terroirs of the Barossa and the hardworking hands that have for generations so meticulously tended them.

The Best Red Wines

Penfolds Cellar Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Penfolds RWT Shiraz
Teusner The Astral Series Moppa Mataro
St Hallett Old Block Shiraz
Peter Lehmann Stonewell Shiraz
Yalumba Tri-Centenary Vine Vale Grenache
Anaperenna by Ben Glaetzer Shiraz Cabernet
Spinifex Shiraz Viognier
Rockford Basket Press Shiraz
Fox Gordon King Louis Cabernet Sauvignon
Dutschke St Jakobi Single Vineyard Shiraz

The Best White Wines

Yalumba The Virgilius Viognier
Peter Lehmann Wigan Eden Valley Riesling
Peter Lehmann Margaret Barossa Semillon
Leo Buring Leonay High Eden Riesling
Pewsey Vale The Contours Eden Valley Riesling
Jacob’s Creek Steingarten Riesling

The Best Fortified Wines

Penfolds Great Grandfather Old Liqueur Tawny
Seppeltsfield Paramount XO Tawny


This is an excerpt from Barossa Wine Traveller (Winepress, Brisbane 2009), which is available from Barossa Valley wineries, David Jones stores and leading bookstores across Australia. RRP A$19.95. Reproduced with permission of the authors.

It can also be purchased direct (either singly or up to multiples of 10) from Tyson Stelzer’s publishing company, Winepress. (Postage extra).


Read our review of Barossa Wine Traveller here »



  • Barossa (including Eden Valley) (SA)
  • Barossa Valley (SA)

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