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Saturday 11 March 2023

Coonawarra celebrates in style

Coonawarra Vignerons and community members got together on March 16 to celebrate the start of the the 2023 Vintage (aka. V23).

The famous landmark the Coonawarra Railway Siding was the venue for the first official Vintage Launch ceremony in many years.

Featuring a traditional grape stomp and the christening of the new vintage with a bottle smash (similar to that of a ship setting sail on her maiden voyage), the launch was aimed at bringing the whole Coonawarra Community together.

That means grape growers, cellar hands, vineyard workers and machine operators, to lab managers, winemakers and vignerons and everybody in between was involved.

Coonawarra Vignerons executive officer Hugh Koch said the event emphasised the importance of vintage, not only to the Coonawarra community, but for the entire district.

“Vintage in Coonawarra is more than when a wine's grapes are harvested," he said. "It heralds the anniversary of a new year in Coonawarra, where we reflect and say goodbye to the previous season.

“As a community it is the commencement of the economic driver that sustains our economy, creates our jobs, gives us our services, drives our visitation, and continues to put us on the map as one of the most pre-eminent wine regions of the world."

Coonawarra Vignerons president Dan Redman says: “A vintage brings the whole community together, working in unison to ensure that grapes are picked for optimum quality and that winemaking teams can produce wines of a world-class standing."

With a nod to Coonawarra’s founding father John Riddoch (a Scotsman) , Coonawarra Vignerons Patron Doug Balnaves piped in the event on his bagpipes.

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