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Buy a vine to create a link with the Barossa

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THERE are many ways to immerse yourself in the Barossa, most profound of which (short of buying a vineyard) is the purchase of one of 2000 vines in the Barossa Cellar Vineyard.

This is no ordinary vineyard. The cuttings were donated by respected growers across the region. Among them is Langmeil’s The Freedom Vineyard which is believed to have been planted by Christian Auricht in 1843, making it the oldest surviving shiraz vineyard in the world.

Turkey Flat Vineyards’ Ancestor Vineyard (1847), Torbreck Vintners’ Hillside Vineyard (1850), Grant Burge Wines’ Colin Burge Vineyard (1890), and Henschke’s Mount Edelston (1885) are also in the mix.

For $1000, “vine donors” are allocated an individual vine. It’s a chance to own a little piece of Barossa history; donors can still choose from 32 different source vineyards. Head to thebarossa­cellar.com.au/ donate.html for info. If purchasing historic greenery isn’t your style, the Barossa Wine Auction at Chateau Tanunda on April 16 might be more up your alley. It is a spirited event (in both wine consumptio­n and bidding) and has been an important part of Barossa Vintage Festival since 1965.

Highlights include the Barossa 100-point Collection (nine perfect score wines), the Penfolds Bin 95 Grange Imperial 2016, the 18-litre Thorn Clarke Ron Thorn Single Vineyard Shiraz 2018, and the Barossa Young Guns of Wine Collection (11 magnums and one bottle from past Young Gun of Wine Award go-getters). Attend in person ($50/general admission ticket) or watch and bid online from 10.40am to 12.30pm via langtons.com.au.

The festival isn’t just for wine fans with deep pockets. Other events include long winery lunches at the likes of Cooper Burns, tasting new wine from the barrel with Michael Hall Wines, and guided vineyard walking tours and tastings with Hayes Family Wines. What a way to celebrate 2021: The Year of South Australian Wine.

Barossa Vintage Festival runs April 14-18. barossavin­tagefestiv­al.com.au

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