Barossa is one of the leading producers of grapes and well-crafted wines. The region is blessed with fertile soils and, most importantly, an ideal climate for grape production. It is considered to have a Mediterranean climate and lies approximately 34 degrees South of the Equator.
As with any other region, Barossa Valley experiences varied seasonal changes that affect grape farming and, eventually, wine production. Here is a detailed view of season change and its impact on wine production in Barossa Valley.
Seasons in Barossa Valley and Grape Farming Activities
· Spring – This season starts from October to November and is the planting season. It is usually characterized by high rainfall, warm temperatures, and perfect humidity for grape growing.
· Summer – Summer is typically the period between December and February. It is characterized by sunny days and very minimal rainfall. Temperatures are relatively high during the day and night. In the summer, the grapes mature and ripen fully to develop a balance of sugars and acids ideal for wine production.
· Autumn –This season starts from March to May, and grapes are harvested at this time. But harvesting can begin in mid-February, depending on the season. So, at this time, there is high wine production. The wine is served in many restaurants in Tanunda and surrounding areas, while a significant percentage is exported.
· Winter – Winter starts from June to August and is characterized by cold days & nights and minimal rainfall. The grapevines remain dormant and pruned in preparation for the next season of grape production.
Barossa Valley Vs Eden Valley Climate
Barossa Valley is warm and dry and has relatively low humidity and rainfall in the growing season. It has long daily sunshine hours, making it slightly warmer than Eden Valley. And grapes grow and ripen faster, and harvesting occurs from Mid-February to April.
On the other hand, Eden Valley is at a higher altitude than Barossa Valley and is slightly cooler and wetter than Barossa Valley. Due to the cooler climate, the grapes from this region experience slow ripening, leading to the retention of higher natural acidity. Harvesting is done from March to April but can go up to May.
Although the seasons change throughout the year, one thing doesn’t change in Barossa—the quality of wine. Whether the grapes are produced from Barossa Valley or Eden Valley, they are famous for their quality wine, which you will find at The Club House Barossa—a premier Barossa Valley hotel serving fine wines and food.
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