Visitors to the Barossa are always fascinated by the patchwork of vines that fill the Valley. One of the most asked questions is how you define the age of a vine. The Barossa Old Vine Charter makes the answer easy!
As you tour the Barossa Valley, look closely and you will see vines of all shapes and sizes. One of our favourites is the Seppeltsfield Great Terraced Vineyard (pictured above), located only a few hundred metres from our Seize the Day vineyard. This is how vines were managed years ago. No trellis, just freestanding and shaped like a goblet. This vineyard with it’s stocky, thick gnarled vines was planted 60 to 80 years ago. The vines follow the contours of the hills and are a picture whatever the season.
The reason you don’t see many Barossa vineyards like this anymore is because every vine has to be hand worked. That means hand pruning and hand picking – back breaking work with the low profile of the vines! The size of the trunks of these vines gives an indication of their age.
There are of course some very old vines which are trellised. These would have originally been bush vines but have been trained up onto a trellis system for easy management.
In 2009 the Barossa Old Vine Charter was instituted and gives a great insight into what constitutes an old vine.
The subject of whether a vine needs to be old to produce fantastic grapes is another whole subject on its own!
Enjoy brushing up your Barossa Old Vine knowledge here! >>>>>>