What happened at the Barossa Wine Auction & Lunch 2019

Wine lovers and wine producers came together at Lambert Estate in South Australia’s Barossa on Friday 26th April for the biennial Barossa Wine Auction and Lunch.

Presented by Barossa Grape & Wine Association and supported by Langton’s Fine Wines, the day was, for the first time, hosted by The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society founder Jane Thomson. In fact, the whole day had a deliberate focus and celebration on women in wine with some of the region’s best known female producers in attendance, including Louisa Rose (Yalumba), Christie Schulz (Turkey Flat) and Shavaughn Wells (Penfolds).

The Barossa is the first Australian wine region to have such a considered focus on women in wine at such a revered event like this. Our hope is that – given the resounding success of the day – other regions take note and do the same!

As well as wining and dining through a decadent three course lunch – accompanied by a range of incredible Barossa wines – guests were there to bid on 35 lots from Barossa’s most prestigious and renowned wineries, and the lots included a number of highly regarded and rare vertical collections (that is, the same wine in consecutive vintages e.g. Shiraz 2011, 2012, 2013 etc.)

The auction was run by Langton’s Head of Auctions, Tamara Grischy and Baron of Barossa, Andrew Caillard MW. And some SERIOUS money changed hands. The cumulative total sales from the live auction equated to $243,901.00!!! And there was a 100% clearance rate too.

The average price per lot for the day was a staggering $6,775.00, which was a new record for the event (which was first held in 1965.)

The whole thing was streamed live around the world via the Barossa Wines Facebook page. There were 350 people in the room on the day and 40% of registered bidders were female – which is well above the average participation rates in other auctions. (In comparison, the 2017 event had 17% female registered bidders.)

Highlights from the auction include the sale of the Bin 60A Cabernet Shiraz 1962 750ml which sold at three times the estimated sale price achieving $21,552 (including buyer’s premium). The 6.0L Imperial bottle of Penfolds Grange Imperial Shiraz 2013, sold for $58,250 (including buyer’s premium) to a bidder in Barossa for the auction, from Beijing.

Records set include:
• Langmeil Freedom Shiraz 12 Bottle Vertical Collection ‘The Best of the Best’ which
sold for three times its catalogue estimate at $6,291 (including buyer’s premium)
• Pewsey Vale The Contours Six Bottle Vertical Collection plus Contours Vineyard Tour which sold for $5,242 (including buyer’s premium) which equates to $874 per bottle, an Australian auction record for Riesling.

Not only was all that wine going to collectors but there was a charitable aspect to the day too. A total of $12,000 of the net proceeds of the Barossa Wine Auction has been pledged to the event’s national charity partner, The McGrath Foundation. The remainder of the event’s charitable contributions will be distributed amongst the local community supporting the delivery of the Barossa Vintage Festival, and local charities: Foundation Barossa and Barossa Enterprises.