Top Wines from Down Under

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Australia's Barossa Valley is a no-nonsense winemaking area, interested more in crafting wines than in catering to tourists. Established in 1842 by English, German Lutheran, and Polish settlers, Barossa conjures few of the picture-postcard images of wine regions in Northern California or Europe. Horseflies are a constant annoyance, factory-like storage tanks dominate the landscape, and visitor centers are only recent additions.

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