There is already talk in the Barossa Valley between our local grape growers about how the 2020 vintage may already be looking like a slightly larger crop than 2019. Early vine growth looks very healthy and some much-needed rain has certainly helped.
Once again, we can expect a hot summer so to see the vines looking so healthy now, means that they will have the strength to grow well into their ripening period.
As you may know, much of Australia is currently in drought so for grape growers, the rain is a blessing and once again, planning ahead to keep your vines in good condition, is a very important part of growers’ annual strategy.
As we say, “Great wines are made in the vineyard”.
This year there is a new and very special vineyard being planted in the Barossa Valley and I am very excited to be involved in this project.
Recently I was asked by the Barossa Wine and Grape Association to become a “Vine Ambassador” for this unique project that is happening right now.
It is called the “Vine Adoption Program”.
Along with some of my local colleagues, Emma Welling from Appellation Restaurant, wine maker Tim Smith, and Kym and Steve Brown from Getaways South Australian Touring Company, (pictured) we were asked if we could volunteer some of our time towards turning a dream into a reality.
The Barossa Valley is building a unique Barossa Cellar where fine collectable wines from almost every Barossa winery will be stored securely for the future. This is a huge project and our community has worked together with our local government to create it.
Costing around 5 million Australian dollars, the new Barossa Cellar will soon hold approximately 7000 cases of fine wines, along with a special Wine Vault that will hold another 3000 bottles of the Barossa Valley’s most famous and iconic wines ever made.
The Barossa Cellar will officially be finished in 2020 and I will be able to tell you all about it then….
Here is where the entire project gets even more exciting for lovers of Australian Wines, and you are welcome be a special part of our project!
Wine in China Magazine is the first to know and deliver this exclusive news of our “Vine Adoption Program” to readers in China.
In front of the new Barossa Cellar, we are planting 2000 healthy Shiraz Vines that been sourced from some of the oldest vines growing, taken from 35 of the Barossa’s oldest vineyards, including some from vines planted in 1843. This will create a spectacular vineyard.
I am delighted to announce that you now have the opportunity of a lifetime to adopt some Shiraz vines in the new vineyard, so you have the honour of owning your own piece of a beautiful vineyard in the heart of the world famous Barossa Valley – forever. You can name your shiraz vine in honour of your loved ones. You may wish to name your vine after your husband or wife, or in memory of your parents, or even name a vine after your newborn child, or grandchildren. Imagine when your child grows up and finds out that they have a vine named after them in this famous wine region. This is so special, and their vine will live for hundreds of years. Your vine will be cared for by our best viticulturists, with your chosen name listed in the vineyard and also on the Barossa Website vineyard map, for the whole world to see, for many generations to come.
Can you imagine telling your friends that you own a piece of Barossa Valley History in Australia forever? I never dreamed that something like this would ever happen in my lifetime, but now we have the chance to allow our memories to live on forever.
Once the shiraz vines reach full maturity, a team of award winning Barossa wine makers will create a magnificent wine from this vineyard, and as a dedicated vine owner, you will have first choice of the available Shiraz wines, to drink and enjoy or to add to your own special wine collection.
As a vine owner you will receive regular updates about your vine in the vineyard and anytime you choose to visit Australia, you will have the opportunity to visit this beautiful Barossa vineyard to see your own vine.
These historical vines are available for AUD 1000 each and already the first five hundred vines have been adopted by Australian Wine enthusiasts and are selling fast.
If you want to secure your vine or need to know more about the Barossa Shiraz Vine Adoption Program you can contact me on WeChat and there is also information available at this website: www.thebarossacellar.com.au