Barossa Wine Chapters Auction
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 in News
The Barossa Wine Chapters Auction presents opportunities to buy unique experiences and fabulous wines with outstanding provenance, coming direct from the wineries. There is great diversity, underpinned by the regional flagships Shiraz and Grenache. The catalogue includes a selection of experiential offers that are original and unique.
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Langton’s is proud to support this auction, a unique event made possible by the collaborative efforts of the Barossa Grape & Wine Association and the wineries, big and small, and the winemakers, male and female, of this wonderful region.
Langton’s was with you for the inaugural Barossa Wine Chapters Auction in 2015, and we were here again in 2017. In 2019, it’s great to see the relationship continue, strong as ever.
The legendary reputation of the Barossa is a product of the honesty and openness of its people, their willingness to share their stories and put their personalities on display for the rest of us who simply love to visit and take home the wines to drink and to share.
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With a viticultural history going back to the 1840s, the Barossa’s reputation is also a product of time.
Of the two most famous Australian wines one, Henschke Hill of Grace, is wholly Barossan and the other, Penfolds Grange, almost always has a Barossa component.
Langton’s was founded in Melbourne in 1988. We were Australia’s first specialist wine auctioneer.
Langton's Head of Auctions, Tamara Grischy
Penfolds and Henschke became the stalwarts of the secondary market in Australian wine that was developing then and strengthened into the 1990s, with another early performer being Wolf Blass with his flagship Black Label part-Barossa red blend.
All three producers featured in the inaugural Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine, published in 1990.
As many of you will know, Langton’s published the seventh edition of the Classification late last year. Classification I included just 34 wines. Classification VII has 136. But something that hasn’t changed in almost three decades is the dominance of the Barossa Valley.
The Barossa Region, including the Eden Valley, can boast 38 up to Langton’s Classified wines (depending on vintage), way ahead of Margaret River (with 14), Coonawarra (13), Clare Valley (11), Yarra Valley (9) and McLaren Vale (8).
The region regularly outperforms all others in the auction market. The cellaring potential and longevity of great Barossa Valley wines is proven and recognized throughout the world.
It’s also obvious that neither Barossa wines nor Barossa winemakers are stuck in the past. Sensitivity to new generations of drinkers and a clear understanding of how to stay relevant as a region are on regular and full display. The Barossa Grounds project, focusing on identifying sub-regional expressions of Shiraz, is a great example of forward thinking in Australian wine.
Ladies and gentlemen, get ready to bid.
Tamara Grischy, Langton’s Head of Auctions