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HISTORY OF THE GRAPE
Mataro was one of the very first wine grape cultivars to come to Australia, dating back as far as James Busby in 1832, and made its way to the Barossa in the 1850’s. It is renowned as a classic grape variety in the Barossa.
HOW IT'S GROWN
If ever a variety was destined to be grown in the Barossa, it is this one. It loves warm dry growing conditions and can handle soils with low nutrient levels. Just as well really, as the Barossa has some of the oldest and toughest soils on the planet.
It has always been used as an important part of blends, but wise growers keep a bit aside for their table wines and using in traditional desert recipes.