Henschke winery excluded from Barossa Valley protection zone | News.com.au

Justine Henschke, a sixth-generation member of the winemaking family, at the family's Barossa Valley property.ONE of the world’s great vineyards has been excluded from the zone aimed at protecting the Barossa Valley wine region from future development.

The Henschke winery, which produces the world-famous Hill of Grace – the main competitor to Grange and a wine drunk by the Queen in Australia last year – is excluded from the zone.

Parliament is debating legislation introduced by Planning Minister John Rau that protects both the Barossa and McLaren Vale regions from industrial and housing development – as well as from inappropriate commercial activity.

But Eden Valley, which includes the Hill of Grace vineyard, is not covered by the legislation because it follows local government zones, not wine zones or regions.

Henschke winery viticulturalist Prue Henschke said she had been writing to the State Government criticising the move since learning of the decision weeks ago.

“We’re going to be under completely different regulations. It goes back to the poor boundary decision made by councils,” she said. “If we see residential zone building … it will have a huge impact on us.

“There will be various restrictions if it does come to some different zoning other than agricultural.”

Ms Henschke said she could not believe the Government wanted to remove an area from the Barossa Valley with “substantial” historical elements.

David Ridgway, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, said: “If the protection was based on wine regions, which is what the Henschke family wants, Eden Valley would have been included … the Henschke family, which has been making Hill of Grace shiraz for more than five decades, is devastated by the news. It’s a hill of disgrace.”

Hill of Grace wine sells for up to $990 a bottle.

via Henschke winery excluded from Barossa Valley protection zone | News.com.au.

Strange Random Expensive Wine Quote:

“Never buy the cheapest wine in any category, as its taste may discourage you from going on. The glass, corks, cartons, and labor are about the same for any wine, as are the ocean freight and taxes for imported wines. Consequently, if you spend a little more, you are likely to get a better wine, because the other costs remain fixed. Cheap wine will always be too expensive.” — Alex Bespaloff, New Signet Book of Wine, 1986

 

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