On Friday 26 November 2010 twelve prominent South Australian wineries will unite for Variety Vintage, a special charity wine auction luncheon where wine lovers have the chance to purchase one off, high quality and never to be purchased again wine with all money raised directly benefiting children in need in South Australia. Twelve wineries have each donated a barrel of their finest 2009 vintage wine, which has been bottled and uniquely labeled for this special event.
The wineries involved in this year’s event includes Tim Adams Wines, Barossa Valley Estate Wines, Charles Melton Wines, Elderton Wines, Henschke Wines, Jim Barry Wines, Kaesler, Majella Wines, Penny’s Hill Wines, Peter Lehmann Wines, St Hallett Wines and Yalumba.
One of Australia’s foremost wine writers and presenters, Jeremy Oliver will be the MC and Australia’s pre-eminent wine industry valuer, Colin Gaetjens will be the auctioneer at this year’s Variety Vintage event.
Jeremy Oliver was named the inaugural Wine Writer of the Year by the widely circulated Australian Wine Selector Magazine and in 1984 released his first book. Thirst of Knowledge, becoming the world’s youngest published wine author and has since published another 14 books plus hundreds of articles all over the world.
Colin Gaetjens has actively worked in the wine industry for over 30 years and is also the part-owner of a winery in Heathcote, Victoria.
Variety Vintage Chairman, Tim Adams says the event is definitely a not to be missed highlight on the South Australian wine event calendar.
“The great thing about the Variety Vintage event is that it is a truly South Australian event raising money for South Australian children. From each of the wineries involved in the event to the barrels the wine is stored in through to each bottle and label – it is all done right here in South Australia,” he said.
“It’s fantastic to have so many well-respected wineries come on board to take part in the Variety Vintage event which has been created to raise money for children who are sick, disabled, disadvantaged or have special needs. Every dollar raised will truly help make a tangible difference to a South Australian child’s life. What a great way to have an enjoyable lunch, purchase some of the best wines South Australia has to offer knowing that it’s all in the name of helping children in need,” he said.
The Variety Vintage concept was established in 2007 when wine maker, Tim Adams was appointed Variety Vintage Chairman. Tim approached eleven of South Australia’s leading winemakers asking them to support children in need in South Australia by producing a barrel of their finest 2008 vintage wine with last year’s event raising in excess of $135,000 net.
The Variety Vintage event will be held on Friday 26 November 2010, 11.30am – 3.30pm at the National Wine Centre. Tickets are $130 per person and include all wine tastings and a three course lunch. For bookings and more information contact Kate Hendrie at the Variety SA office on 8293 8744 or email [email protected]