Limited Edition Wines Launched By Adelaide Botanic Garden Partnership

Limited Edition Wines Launched By Adelaide Botanic Garden Partnership

South Australia Minister for Environment Ian Hunter

New Botanic Garden Wine Label To Be Launched This September

Victor P Taffa

Two limited edition wines will be launched in spring produced from grapes grown at the vineyard straddling Adelaide Botanic Garden and the National Wine Centre.

“This exciting project gives a timely reminder of the importance of plants to our daily lives and, of course, the South Australian economy.” Minister for Environment Ian Hunter said.

The project arose from a partnership between the National Wine Centre, Botanic Gardens of South Australia and Jacob’s Creek winemakers, and the result may be the world’s first wine produced solely from grapes grown within a botanic garden.

“The vineyard has long been admired by visitors and it’s fantastic that through this partnership the fruit will be turned into wines that carry a unique story.” National Wine Centre General Manager Adrian Emeny said.

“This is a great showcase of the collaborative culture we have here in South Australia, and our willingness to take an innovative approach to creating quality wines.” Jacob’s Creek Vineyard Manager Tim McCarthy said.

Background

The petite vineyard, located in the south-eastern corner of the Garden, is on University of Adelaide land and managed by the National Wine Centre.

Historically the vineyard which features a number of grape varieties including Shiraz, Merlot, Tempranillo and Riesling has been used as a demonstration site for drought-tolerant vine varieties suitable for South Australia’s dry climate.

The two varieties of wine produced (with the expertise of Jacob’s Creek) will be field blends, which involves combining different varieties of grapes in the vineyard as they’re harvested, and then fermenting them together.

More details about the limited edition wines and the partnership will be released closer to the September launch.

The project is the Botanic Gardens’ second foray into producing a beverage from plants after Botanic Ale was produced from barley grown at Adelaide Botanic Garden’s City Crop in 2014.