8 things you need to know about Artisans of Barossa
1. Who are the Artisans of Barossa?
The Artisans of Barossa is a collaboration of eight Barossa family-owned wineries - John Duval Wines, Spinifex Wines, Purple Hands Wines, Lienert Vineyards, The Chaffey Bros. Wine Co., Schwarz Wine Co., Hobbs of Barossa Ranges and Sons of Eden.
They share a common approach to winemaking, and together they are committed to preserving and promoting the art of small batch Barossa wine.
2. When was Artisans of Barossa founded?
Artisans of Barossa was founded in 2005 when a group of small-scale Barossa winemakers decided to work together to promote their wines and their craft. In 2011, they opened their first cellar door, and in October 2021, they will open a new tasting room, restaurant and Barossa store on Vine Vale Road, Tanunda.
3. What do the individual producers have in common, and how did these producers come together?
Artisans of Barossa was formed in 2005 with a clearly stated aim; to protect and promote the art of small-batch Barossa winemaking. A positive statement of purpose, but also one that implies a shared intent to resist the drift towards the commercialisation of wine, which threatens to reduce the selection on offer to a narrow bandwidth of varietals and stylistic expressions.
To be an Artisan is to be driven by a human desire to explore, experiment and express.
The current day collaboration of John Duval Wines, Spinifex Wines, Purple Hands Wines, Lienert Vineyards, The Chaffey Bros. Wine Co., Schwarz Wine Co., Hobbs of Barossa Ranges and Sons of Eden works to connect the wine drinker with an opportunity to explore the extraordinary breadth of possibility that is Barossa wine.
4. What wine experiences will Artisans of Barossa offer guests, and how will it differ to other cellar doors in the region?
The idea behind the new Artisans of Barossa is to create a place where wine enthusiasts can enjoy Barossa wine ‘anyway you like’. From a hosted tasting exploring the foundations and heritage of Australia’s finest wine region, to simply enjoying a glass of wine on the lawns on a sunny day. Sharing lunch at Essen, to the simple delight of sharing a bottle of wine on the terrace with something casual to eat at Delikatessen.
Artisans of Barossa is unique in that nowhere else in one location can people dive deeper or explore more widely the world of small family-owned winemakers.
5. What is offered at the new home of Artisans of Barossa?
The Artisans of Barossa wine tasting program is delivered in three areas.
1. The Wine Room offers seated tastings from $10 pp.
2. The wine lounge offers views over the vineyards to the Barossa ranges with tastings priced at $30 pp.
3. The Artisans Room which is a private space where you explore more deeply the world of Barossa wine through hosted tastings beginning at $95 pp.
6. Is there a restaurant at Artisans of Barossa?
Artisans of Barossa’s contemporary approach to food mirrors their approach to wine – respect for what the landscape provides. They create Barossa cuisine using the best of Barossa and South Australian fresh produce.
» The restaurant Essen is open for lunch from Friday to Sunday, appealing to those who want to stay longer and enjoy a benchmark experience of Barossa food in a relaxed and casual setting.
» Coming later to the Artisans of Barossa cellar door is Delikatessen, a more casual dining experience open seven days a week from 8am offering great coffee, all day café style dining and a great selection of wines by the glass. Launch date yet to be confirmed.
» Next to Delikatessen is the Barossa Store featuring a selection of locally produced food for take away, along with Artisans of Barossa wines.
7. Where is the produce sourced from for the new menu?
The newly created kitchen garden plays a role in supplying the Artisans of Barossa’s kitchen, and it is also a daily reminder of the cycle of the seasons and the bounty of fresh produce the Barossa landscape grows.
Their aim is to use everything the garden produces - whether fresh or by preserving for use later in the year. This place they call home, Barossa, has cultivated a culture where the ideals of eating local, eating fresh and preserving the bounty are not fashionable trends, but ingrained within the distinct regional and seasonal food culture.
Augmenting the kitchen garden is their commitment to a ‘Barossa first’ sourcing program, while at the same time, reaching out to producers and suppliers from other regions to showcase the very best of South Australia.
Artisans of Barossa’s approach to sourcing and preparing food reflects a contemporary approach to Barossa cuisine.
8. Is Artisans of Barossa family friendly?
Artisans of Barossa is a family friendly venue, with expansive lawns and large format games outside.
9. Surprise fact (and a really important one)!
Artisans of Barossa opens on October 1, 2021.
We look forward to welcoming you to our new home.