The Australian government is looking at protecting the Barossa Valley’s classic wine areas using local administrative boundaries rather than wine region boundaries.
In a plot worthy of Yes Minister, this means that the country’s second most expensive vineyard, Henschke’s Hill of Grace, is excluded. The glorious Eden Valley, where HoG is located, is in the wrong administrative area. Or more accurately, it’s on the wrong side of the red tape.
Surely some mischtake?
If the proposed law is designed to protect Australia’s wine growing heritage, then surely it should follow the wine region boundaries? Or, could it possibly be politicians looking after their own interests with some devious plan that will surface in a couple of years?