Plans for Barossa Grand Cellar approved

Monday, February 9, 2015

The Barons of Barossa are a step closer to their vision of a home for the Barossa Grand Cellar with last week's approval by the Barossa Council.  Stephen Henschke, the wine fraternity's Grand Master said, "Thanks to the Barossa Council, we can move ahead with building a home to preserve the Barossa's wine heritage.  It will be a facility for the entire region and a place to showcase the fruits of our labour."

The Barons of Barossa launched the concept of an independent collection of the region's finest wines, to be aged for a minimum of 10 years and released for tastings and events in the Barossa and throughout the world, at the 2013 Vintage Festival.

The Barossa Grand Cellar, designed by Jamie Gladigau of JBG Architects in Tanunda, will be located on Stockwell Road on land purchased from Leo Pech. It is a striking design that, combined with the elevated site overlooking the Valley floor, will create a stunning landmark for the region.

"œThe building is designed specifically to provide a low energy, visually stunning yet discreet facility to preserve Barossa wine stocks. It seemed natural to bunker the building into the Barossa Ranges, and minimise the exposed façade to local traditional materials of stone and wood - after all, Barossa wine comes from Barossa dirt," said Mr Gladigau.

James March, CEO of Barossa Grape & Wine Association, is enthusiastic about the project.   He said, "œThe Barons are to be congratulated for pursuing this vision and to seeing another 'Big Idea' for the Barossa being realised. The Barossa's ability to present wines to an international audience that have been perfectly cellared is a fantastic competitive advantage and a welcome development on behalf of the region."

This building will be more than a wine cellar; it will be a facility for the entire Barossa and serve as a showcase for the Barossa wine community.  Along with the Cellar and tasting facilities, it will have exhibition space for interpretive displays of Barossa Winemaking, Wine Grape Growing and the heritage and history of our community.

"There is no other regional wine museum existing in Australia," Mr Henschke added.  "œWe foresee that it will become a globally recognised site and be a strong contributor to the positioning of the Barossa as a world-class region of fine wine."

The wine fraternity is seeking support for this impressive undertaking and encourages the community to consider how they can contribute to the project.  The Barossa Grand Cellar Ltd is currently seeking tax deductible status.

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