Barossa icon celebrates 160 years

04 February, 2019 by Andy Young

Iconic Barossa producer Saltram is celebrating its 160th anniversary this year and to celebrate the milestone is releasing two new wines.

The winery was discovered by William Salter and his son Edward and the philosophy they established of producing full-bodied wines that express the individuality of the vineyards is one that remains much the same for current winemaker Alex MacKenzie.

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MacKenzie is Saltram’s tenth winemaker and says he is incredibly passionate about continuing this rich winemaking tradition.

“For over 160 years, Saltram has celebrated the heritage and tradition behind the Barossa Valley, making flagship red wines of great style and taste. I feel honoured to be able to continue this legacy that began over 160 years ago, and I want to ensure we continue to produce wines that are as superb and unique for years to come,” he said.

“The Barossa Valley has remained the heart and soul of the Australian wine industry and at Saltram, we live and breathe the culture of a region that is so rich. With the added benefit of a wide range of mature vineyards, advanced technology and an ever-evolving understanding of winemaking, we can continue to explore different varieties and sub-regions as well as bring new ideas to the Saltram portfolio, which enables us to craft quality Barossa wines.”

To celebrate the 160th anniversary MacKenzie announced that Saltram will release a Special Rare Anniversary Edition Tawny and a 2016 Angaston Road Single Vineyard Estate Grown Shiraz.

“To celebrate our 160th, we wanted to release two wines that reflect our consistent winemaking excellence. Given the diverse range of award-winning wines we have produced over the years, we believe these two releases are great examples of where our vines have been planted, where the roots have grown, and what we are focusing on.

“The future looks bright and it’s an exciting time to be involved with Saltram” he said.