The Yarra Valley wine region produces some of Australia's finest wines. From chardonnay and pinot noir to shiraz and cabernet sauvignon – the premier cool-climate region is brimming with top-tier producers. Thanks to Wine Yarra Valley, you can secure some of the region's most prized wines and rare experiences. The inaugural Wine Yarra Valley Grand Auction is kicking off on December 8, with final bids placed on December 18, 2022.
So, what can you bid on?
There are 13 rare and limited lots with starting bids varying from $300 to $3500.
Lot 1 is a Yarra Valley wine lunch for eight people alongside regional legends Sarah Crowe (Yarra Yering), Sam Middleton (Mount Mary), Sandra de Pury (Yeringberg), Dylan McMahon (Seville Estate) and Ben Portet (Dominique Portet).
Bid on a set of five magnums from the Yarra Valley's wine pioneers.Also up for grabs is a collection of five unique magnums from heritage producers – 1996 Wantirna Estate Amelia, 2013 Yeringberg Shiraz, 2016 Seville Estate Shiraz, 2018 Yarra Yering Dry Red Wine No. 2, and the 2020 Mount Mary Quintet. Bid on a Yeringberg cabernet vertical, a luxurious weekend in the Yarra for eight people, which includes accommodation at the Yarra Yering homestead and transport around the region.
You and a friend could receive a monthly delivery of 12 wines with the ultimate Yarra Valley collection. Don't miss the chance to meet Master of Wine, Meg Brodtmann (Rob Dolan Wines). You and five friends will spend the day learning about (and drinking) Yarra Valley wine, and yes, a long lunch is also involved.
The Grand Auction runs from December 8–18, 2022.
Winemaker Jayden Ong says the Grand Auction was created to celebrate the cool-climate region. "We want to reward people who love the wines and the region, by curating some very unique experiences which really can’t be replicated, and there's some never-before-seen wine collections we’re really thrilled to present."
The Grand Auction will donate funds to HICCI, a non-profit organisation that provides emergency relief, transport assistance, and weekly community meals to the communities of Healesville, Yarra Glen and surrounding regions.
Yarra Yering chief winemaker Sarah Crowe says thanks to the generosity of the wine community in the Yarra Valley, there are some outstanding lots to help raise funds.
Yarra Yering's Sarah Crowe.
“We’ve been able to capture and celebrate our history, the beauty of our region, the incredible wines we make here and our legacy as one of Australia’s top wine destinations.
“I think we all feel very grateful for the support we’ve received from our loyal customers over the past two years of the pandemic; they’ve really kept our businesses humming along. We hope they get involved in this auction to feel like they too can be a part of our history, our community and our regional wine culture.”
The Wine Yarra Valley silent auction runs from 08–18 December via GalaBid. Successful bids will be awarded before December 25, 2022. View the complete list of lots, or for more information visit galabid.com.
Image credit: Hugh Davison.