The Barossa Cellar, believed to be the largest community-funded project ever undertaken in the Barossa, has begun construction on the highly anticipated $3.5 million wine museum and wine community hub.
The concrete has been poured and the walls are coming up at the site on Stockwell Road, Vine Vale, as The Barossa Cellar committee works to reach its lofty fundraising aspirations.
To date, the committee has raised $2.3 million in cash, with $1 million coming from the Barons of Barossa, and the rest from donors.
“We are still working hard to raise another $1.0 million to reach our fundraising target and will take out a short-term bank loan in the event that there is a shortfall,” a Barossa Cellar spokesperson told the Herald.
”The expected completion date is May 2019.”
The cellar will serve as a state-of-the-art wine museum and wine community hub that will educate a global audience about fine wines from the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley.
It will be able to house more than 2000 dozen of the region’s premium wines.
Once completed, it will also serve as a base-of-operations for the Barossa Grape and Wine Association (BGWA), and Chief Executive James March cannot wait to move into the new headquarters.
“The Barons of Barossa had a vision that it would be the heart and soul of the community and we’re delighted to share and be involved in that vision,” Mr March said.
“The potential of the site is to have a state-of-the-art facility, that is globally recognised, and allows us to function as a gateway into the region.
“The new facilities will give us (BGWA) an opportunity to conduct promotional masterclasses, training sessions as part of the Barossa win school and even hold Barossa wine show judging.”
The project is unique in Australia, with only a few other examples of this type of regional wine museum anywhere in the world.
A fact sheet and donor prospectus can be found on the Barossa Cellar website.