Artisans of Barossa Wine Club Manager Simon Pickett answered the below questions on behalf of the collective. He’ll be representing AOB at Perth, Melbourne and Sydney GAME OF RHONES, so you can taste a whole lot of the Barossa at one table.
Tell us your story!
Artisans of Barossa is a group of like-minded producers with a common goal to protect and promote small batch, sub-regional winemaking. Our collaboration represents a shared way of thinking about wine, winemaking and the Barossa through which we seek to uphold the culture and traditions of Australia’s most famous wine region. The Artisans are Hobbs of Barossa Ranges, Schwarz Wine Company, Massena, John Duval Wines, Sons of Eden and Spinifex. Our home is on the corner of Magnolia Road and Light Pass Road in Vine Vale to the east of the township of Tanunda at the base of the Barossa Ranges. Here, we present to visitors a ‘best of Barossa’ craft winemaking experience, an opportunity to taste and purchase wines that represent every possible expression of the region’s vineyards.
Tell us three things about your style of wines?
With six winemakers under one roof, a tasting at Artisans provides a showcase of the endless possibilities of Barossa winemaking.
G, S or M?
We do them all…and we love them all…in every possible way
What can we expect from you at Game of Thrones?
Diversity – on one table we’ll challenge what you think of the Barossa and ensure you’ll discover more than you thought you ever knew!
What’s your favourite/most memorable Rhone wine experience (can be a particular bottle or an experience)?
Working at Artisans of Barossa, you never stop being amazed at the diversity of expressions of Rhone varietals that just 6 winemakers can create….let alone what the broader wine community is capable of
If you were a Game of Thrones character, who would you be and why?
Simon our Wine Club Manager is an old Rugby Union head – built for contact. Front line, sword in hand, loyal to my team – Jorah Mormont
If you weren’t a winemaker, what would you be?
I’m not – I’m a story teller….and if I wasn’t in wine I’d love to be in radio!
What do you drink when no one is watching?
Shhh – Chardonnay rocks