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.
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.
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