Freshly picked Semillon grapes from 150-year-old vines were the hero of Chateau Tanunda’s traditional gathering which each year heralds the start to vintage.
Brought in from the company’s Light Pass vineyard, the fruit’s arrival was marked by the ringing of the site’s 100-plus year-old bell, along with the necessary glass of sparkling and enthusiasm shown by staff.
Senior winemaker Neville Rowe, who was keen to get the fruit in the press, said this year’s vintage is different from the previous year.
“We had a couple of classic Barossa warm patches (and) with a nice, mild week coming up the grapes are alive and awake and ripening fast,” he said.
“I think we are in for a fast and furious one and we are going to make a lot of good wine quickly.”
Between grabbing fist fulls of the grapes, managing director Michelle Geber shared how excited she was to honour the site’s tradition ahead of more exciting developments.
As a result Chateau Tanunda will open their Museum Case in cellar door in May – private tasting rooms created from ‘knocked out” historic concrete wine tanks.
The unique spaces will feature tastings of their iconic range, including The Everest, 150 year old vines, 100 year old vines and 50 year old vines.
In addition, the Geber family who have breathed life into Chateau Tanunda for the past 20 vintages, look forward to releasing a history book centred on the site.
The publication will include stories from winemakers from the 60s and 70s, plus details from employees which span a few generations.