Crayford dates to 1846 when a cluster of farms developed along the banks of Tanunda Creek. The tiny hamlet was absorbed into Tanunda. It is an example of the many villages which thrived for a short time in the developing agricultural district of the Barossa. Some such as St. Kitts, Langdorf, Hoffnungsthal, Langmeil and Crayford only exist now as place names They remain are an important part of the rich heritage which makes the Barossa one of the most fascinating wine districts in Australia.

Crayford on the banks of the River Cray in south east London, England.

An Englishman Wiles Peacock named Crayford in 1856 after the town in Kent where the River Thames meets the River Cray.

Plantings of the three varieties Shiraz, Mataro and Grenache probably date back to the original settlement where they may have been used in dry red table wines. They are best known, from the 1900s to the 1960s as the favoured varieties for port wines and other fortified wines. Now as single varietals and blends are some of the most exciting wines being made in the Barossa Valley.

The hamlet of Crayford merged into the Tanunda township. Above is the Crayford bridge over the Tanunda Creek.

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  • Crayford Barossa Valley Carignan 2021


    Carignan requires heat to ripen being suited to the warm climate regions of Australia and a natural for the Barossa Valley. If you enjoy Barossa Valley Grenache which we champion this Carignan is for you.

  • Crayford Barossa Valley Grenache 2023


    The 2023 vintage intrigued us as early on we noted the amazing fruit aromas. Best drink young was one thought and for this Grenache that remains my advice as I find it extraordinary. Treat this like a big, sappy young red. Just gorgeous.

  • Crayford Barossa Valley Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2023


    Shiraz forms the stable known base. Grenache has alcoholic strength but less palate taste and brings to the blend beguiling aromas and a different palate impression to Shiraz. Yet what are these two without Mataro which maintains order by rearranging both and providing a strength of character particularly on the back palate. Still the genius of this wine remains the Grenache.

  • Crayford Barossa Valley Shiraz 2021


    We enjoy wines like this Crayford when younger though the wine will hold up well for many years.

  • Crayford Barossa Valley Shiraz Durif 2022


    What varieties can be used to make wines that create a taste that carries the global badge ‘made in Australia’. Shiraz for sure as it takes on another dimension in our warm regions. Of the many hundreds of other varieties it is work in motion though a Glug favourite for stardom is Durif.

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