We kicked off our first day in the Barossa on May 5 by being split into small groups for personalized vineyard and winery tours.
My host was Stuart Bourne, winemaker from Barossa Valley Estate. I have never met a man who could talk so much or so quickly and include so many expletives in my life. It was fantastic. Most of what we discussed on our visit will not be posted here, though I will tell you that if an Australian describes something to you as “fucking Mickey Mouse”, it means clean.
BVE was one of the largest facilities I have ever visited. It seems to run like a well-oiled machine.
All of their tanks can be temperature-controlled remotely.
We tried several tank samples – Chardonnay, Sangiovese and one of their more famous wines.