The Barossa Grounds Project was established in 2008 to evaluate the variations in wine style across the Barossa Zone. This collaborative undertaking, led by the Barossa Grape & Wine Association and including the participation of South Australia’s leading soil scientists and viticulturists, wine critics, PIRSA and many of the Barossa’s most experienced winemakers, involved the collection of climatic data, analysis of soil profiles across the Barossa and Eden Valleys, controlled winemaking studies and annual tasting reviews.

The Australian Geographical Indications defines the official boundaries of the Barossa Zone, its Regions Barossa Valley and Eden Valley, and the Sub-region of High Eden.

The Project identified three distinctive Grounds within the Barossa Valley Region – Northern GroundsCentral Grounds and Southern Grounds. Two smaller grounds, Eastern Edge and Western Ridge, are also acknowledged.

Discover the diversity of Barossa Shiraz through its Grounds in this masterclass and online here

Irvine | The Estate Shiraz | 2015

Eden Valley

SOIL | Sandstone, granite over ironstone

YIELD | 4 tonne/ha

TASTING | Lighter framed, more typical EV style

Langmeil | Pure Eden Shiraz | 2015

Eden Valley

SOIL | Sandy loam over sandstone, ironstone, granite

YIELD | 1.14 tonne/ha

TASTING | Fuller framed, more concentrated

ANCESTOR VINES | 129 years old

Lou Miranda | Old Vine Shiraz | 2015

Southern Grounds | Rowland Flat

SOIL | Sandy loam over limestone

WATER | Dry grown

TASTING | Generous, violets, fragrant

CENTENARIAN VINES | 112 years old

Schild Estate | Ben Schild Shiraz | 2015

Southern Grounds | Rowland Flat

SOIL | Sandy loam, over clay

WATER | Occasional bore water irrigation

TASTING | More typical, darker fruited, powdery tannins, chocolate

Schwarz Wine Co | Schiller Shiraz | 2015

Central Grounds | Krondorf

SOIL | Heavy clay loam over ironstone

YIELD | 2 tonne /ha


ANCESTOR VINES | 134 years old

Elderton | Command Shiraz | 2015

Central Grounds | Nuriootpa

SOIL | Alluvial silt over red + brown clay over limestone

YIELD | 2 tonne /ha

TASTING | Firmer tannins, more structure, darker fruit

ANCESTOR VINES | 121 years old
Torbeck | The Descendant | 2015

Northern Grounds | Marananga

SOIL | Red brown earth over ironstone + limestone



SURVIVOR VINES | 94 years old

Glaetzer | Amon Ra | 2015

Northern Grounds | Ebenezer

SOIL |  Redbrown earth over ironstone

WATER | Irrigation to avoid stress

TASTING | Robust tannins dark yet bright fruited

SURVIVOR VINES | 90 years old