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How to support fire-affected Adelaide Hills winemakers

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With an estimated third of the Adelaide Hills winemaking region affected by this week’s bush fires, there are several ways for the wider community to show their support.

Each year wineries and vineyards from the Adelaide Hills form an invaluable, and innovative, part of South Australia’s wine industry. The region’s contribution to our annual Hot 100 Wines countdown each year speaks for itself, with recent hills-based winners including The Other Wine Co., Gentle Folk Wine, Shaw & Smith, and Charlotte Hardy Wines.

This year’s list is no different, with Redhead Wines, Turon Wines, Tomfoolery Wines, Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard, Longview, Anvers Wines, Golding Wines, Murdoch Hill representing just a handful of the incredible wine coming out of the hills.

All of which makes the recent fires particularly devastating, as many wineries, and the communities around them, reel from the loss of homes, businesses, animals and vines. Vinteloper’s David Bowley, Tilbrook Estate Wines and Simon Tolley Wines have posted devastating images of their fire-damaged property, while many more including Howard Vineyard, New Era Vineyards, Anderson Hill, Tomich Wines and Barristers Block and confirmed substantive losses.

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Thanks for all your kind words. This is inside our winery. Just one charred (empty) barrel left. All the bottled wine has exploded. The heat was that intense it melted empty bottles. All the equipment is fire damaged/ stuffed. – – At the moment still trying to process it all. Our biggest problem is that we have lost our livelihood, which means we can't pay our mortgage or other outgoings. Today at 11am the Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers Market is auctioning 8 x 6 bottle packs of wine to raise funds for us. This is all the stock we have left from the cellar door, the rest was in the winery. – – GlamAdelaide is going to help us with an online auction for some of our museum stock, which was stored off site. The aim being with both to get us through the next month or two. – – A friend is also setting up a gofundme campaign. We have insurance but practically speaking this won't keep us going. It will pay for rebuilding. – – First target is to get to Vintage. I am sure with all the offers of support we'll be able to make some wine. That's 3 months away. Then the next target is to get the wine in bottle. That's 3 to 12 months from Vintage. Once we have wine again we are back in business. It's just getting to that point and that's where we need your help. – Please help by buying our wine at the Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers Market today. Or on GlamAdelaide's auction. Or donating on our gofundme campaign. I will post details as I have them. EDIT There is a GoFundMe campaign link in our bio

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For many producers, the full impact of these kind of losses will be felt for years. To help affected producers get back on their feet the Adelaide Hills Wine Region Inc. has started a GoFundMe account:

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Alternatively, you can show your support in the most fitting way: by drinking, and giving, locally-made wines this Christmas. Online wine retailer Vino Mofo has set up a Bush Fire relief page with 100% of profits donated to the recovery effort, but orders can be made directly from winemakers including Vinteloper, Barristers Block, New Era, Tomich Wines and Simon Tolley Wines.

Of course, the wine industry represents a small part of the damage fire has brought to the Hills community, and it’s also worth considering a donation to ongoing CFS firefighting efforts and those who have lost homes. The state government has also started a State Emergency Relief Fund to raise money for the recovery effort.

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