Once every two years, wine enthusiasts and collectors alike have the unique opportunity to purchase some of the finest and rarest wines from South Australia’s Barossa Valley wine region, with the Barossa Wine Chapters Auction.

Taking place online from April 7 – 21, the auction will conclude with the main event: a dramatic live auction and bespoke three-course gourmet lunch showcasing local Barossa fare, occurring Friday 21st April, 2017, at Barossa’s celebrated Chateau Tanunda.

The auction will feature rare vertical collections of back vintages, plus large format and special releases from 59 of the most renowned and established wineries in Barossa, all straight from the cellars. A total of 159 lots will be available online and a further 30 lots available at the live auction, with values starting at $40AUD (£24.55GBP/$31USD), and reaching $54,000AUD (£33,146GBP/$41,386USD). Lots aren’t just for wines, though, and include exclusive experiences, such as a group dining experience (for up to ten people, for example) with Barossa’s artisans. The assortment of wine on offer is suitable for anyone from the everyday drinker, to wine connoisseurs, and investors. You can find the full catalogue with all lots here.

Tamara Grischy, head of Langton’s Fine Wine Auctions, has provided her personal recommendations ahead of this edition’s lots. Estimated at $700-$800AUD per set, lot 52 is Hewitson’s Old Garden Mourvèdre, 2005-2014, (available in the online auction).

“Hewitson’s vineyard is home to the oldest Mourvèdre vines in the world, planted in 1853. Only eight rows of the unique planting remain at Rowland Flat, which result in winemaker Dean Hewitson’s incredible single-vineyard wines,” said Grischy.

Other opportunities to capture a rare find include LOT 159 Yalumba’s signature Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, 2000-2013; LOT 9 Old Bastard Shiraz 2014 from Kaesler Wines (live auction), this is a single vineyard Shiraz sourced from the original 1893 Shiraz vineyard located at Nuriootpa, where just 12 double magnums of this vintage were produced; LOT 11 Langmeil Winery ‘The 1843 Freedom Shiraz Bottle Set’ comprising 1998, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012, is said to be the oldest surviving Shiraz vineyard – a truly unique set; and LOT 26 ‘The Ultimate Eden Valley Riesling Collection’ containing 78 bottles from 26 producers, and the first time an Eden Valley Riesling collection has been compiled and released, this year executed especially for the 2017 Barossa Wine Chapters Auction.

Auctioneer Andrew Caillard MW will be hosting the live auction, and shares his thoughts on the essence of the Barossa region.

“When I drink a bottle of Barossa wine, I always think of South Australia’s early beginnings, the courage and ambitions of its early settlers and the region’s wonderful community of winemakers, growers and families.

“A combination of humility, confidence, aspiration and flair make Barossa one of the most exciting wine regions in the world,” said Caillard.

Punters will be able to bid on a collection of unique wines online, opening up the possibilities for worldwide wine enthusiasts who may not otherwise have the opportunity to attain fine wines of the Barossa Valley.
New to 2017, is the Barossa Seal of Provenance, implemented to classify the authenticity and integrity of the wines that have been delivered directly from the wineries’ cellars. As one of Australia’s oldest wine regions, the Barossa Valley is ingrained with a strong sense of place, where food, drink, landscape, and the people, dictate the core of the Barossa community.

Presented by Barossa Grape & Wine Association and supported by Langton’s Fine Wines, the occasion marks a significant fundraising event for Barossa, where the net proceeds are used to support the Barossa Vintage Festival and other local charities.