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Save the McLaren Vale!
The future of the McLaren Vale’s viticultural heritage is under threat. In their wisdom, the state government of South Australia has contracted 177 hectares of prime agricultural land at the region’s gateway to be sold and developed as ‘Seaford Heights’, a residential suburb of the city of Adelaide. The site has recently been identified as having a 650 million-year-old geology (similar to Polish Hill in the Clare Valley) that is found nowhere else in the McLaren Vale and is potentially one of the greatest undeveloped vineyard areas in the world. At a time, when the Australian wine industry is discovering the importance of ‘distinguished sites’ and wines with a ‘sense of place’, as well as the value of oeno-tourism, to lose this land to housing would be, as Willunga 100 winemaker Tim James says, “a travesty”. The wine producers and grape growers of the McLaren Vale are appealing to trade and consumers world-wide to support their fight against the proposed development. To register your support, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.