A selection of the Australian Governor-General’s wines will be available at auction after a leading oenologist advised Government House that some bottles from the state cellar needed drinking.
Ms Quentin Bryce AC, the Queen’s representative in Australia, will donate 100 bottles of Penfolds Grange Hermitage, including every vintage between 1985 and 1990, and the 1992 vintage, to a charity auction. Each will be personally signed by the Governor-General.
The charity which will benefit from the auction is yet to be be decided. Interested charities should apply to the Office of the Official Secretary requesting a signed bottle for their fund-raising purposes. To be eligible, they must be an Australian registered not-for-profit charity with an Australian Business Number and Deductable Gift Recipient status.
State House maintains a cellar of wine for state occasions such as the reception of foreign dignitaries and national celebrations.