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The Barossa Cellar reaches $2 million milestone

The Barossa Cellar reaches $2 million milestone

The Barossa Cellar has passed the halfway mark in its fundraising campaign, with more than $2 million in cash and in-kind donations committed to the project. 

Donors include Barossa wineries, winemakers, growers, winery employees and suppliers, with significant donations also coming from Barons of Barossa and overseas donors with a strong connection to the Barossa.

Chairman of The Barossa Cellar, James Wark, said the immediate goal was to raise another $1 million by September 30.

“We are confident the growing support from the Barossa grapegrowing and wine community will help us achieve this target so we can start building in spring this year,” James said. 

“This will enable the BGWA (Barossa Grape & Wine Association) to move into their new home by mid-2018 which will be a fantastic result.”

James continued that it was important for grapegrowers and winemakers to realise that The Barossa Cellar would deliver significant future benefits to them through increased demand for Barossa grapes and wine.

The 2017 Vigneron of the Year, Steve Schiller, said The Barossa Cellar was a fantastic opportunity for local grape growers and winemakers to show their commitment and support for the region. 

“The Barossa Cellar will help to increase the status of the Barossa Valley as a world-class wine region and this will be reflected in demand and prices for our grapes and wine,” said Steve. 

“I’m very much looking forward to being a part of this exciting project that will keep the Barossa growing strong for future generations.”

Nuriootpa grape grower, James Rosenzweig, said The Barossa Cellar was a chance for growers to step up and contribute financially to a building that lifts the image of the Barossa brand. 

“Domestic and international guests of importance to us all visit the region regularly and when combined with BGWA activities, this new home will help promote Barossa wine, which can only have a positive influence on grape prices in the future,” James said.

Tanunda growers, Fiona and Daniel Habermann, have donated a vine in the name of their family vineyard Habermann’s Hohe. 

Fiona and Daniel said, “We wanted to support this exciting and ambitious project, a purpose-built hub that will enhance our ability to showcase why the Barossa is one of the greatest wine growing regions in the world,” 

Eden Valley grapegrower, Karl Schiller, said The Barossa Cellar would provide growers and winemakers with a more central base and better facilities. 

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.