Cheers to that! Hills’ top drops recognised

Winemakers in the Adelaide Hills have been recognised for their diversity and ingenuity at the region’s annual Wine Show.

The top drops across 20 different categories were judged by 16 industry experts, with best producer and best cellar door also recognised.

Among the winners was Golding Wines, which received the Best Producer (fewer than 100 tonnes) award.

Minister for Trade and Investment Stephen Patterson welcomed the news, with the popular producer already taking its wines to the world.

“Golding is taking part in Wine Australia’s US Market Entry Program, which has been significantly subsidised by the Marshall Liberal Government,” Minister Patterson said.

“This means wine producers, like Golding, will receive real-world guidance on how to enter the US market, and navigate its complex system.

“Over the last four years, Wine Australia’s US Market Entry programs have been successful in helping 75 per cent of Australian wineries achieve first orders in the market worth a total value of $2.4 million,” he said.

The importance of education and training was also highlighted with the recipients of the Advanced Wine Assessment Course scholarship, Chris Parsons (Revenir) and Turon White (The Lane), recognised.

The scholarship aims to support and upskill those working within wineries affected by the 2019/20 bushfires and is part of a broader program, funded by the Marshall Liberal Government.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham said the funding has subsidised course fees, helping 107 people from across the region to access upskilling.

“This particular scholarship will give these wine experts the skills they need to participate in wine judging at an elite level,” Minister Basham said.

“It will help to cement South Australia’s status as the wine state, with the training to pay dividends in the coming years,” he said.

Those wanting to taste the Hill’s best Pinot Noir will also benefit from the refurbished Sidewood Estate Restaurant and Cellar Door, which received $246,000 through the South Australian Tourism Commission’s Tourism Industry Development Fund (TIDF).

Local Member for Heysen Josh Teague said the awards demonstrate the diversity of wine on offer in the Adelaide Hills.

“This festive season, why not challenge yourself to taste test every wine on the winners list?” Mr Teague said.

“With everything from a crisp Riesling, to a full-bodied Shiraz – the Adelaide Hills is world leading when it comes to quality and variety,” he said.

The full 2021 Winner’s List;

Vinpac Best Sparkling - Mordrelle Wines 2015 Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay

Prowine Best Riesling - The Lost Watch 2021 Riesling

National Wine Centre Best Sauvignon Blanc - Q1908 2021 The Clubhouse Sauvignon Blanc

Hahn Corporation Best Pinot Gris/Grigio - Small Victories Wine Co 2021 Pinot Gris

The Haus Best Gruner Veltliner - Hahndorf Hill 2021 Gru Grüner Veltliner

Saint Martin Best Chardonnay - Penfolds 2020 Bin A Chardonnay

Lallemand Best Other White - Golding 2021 Single Vineyard Series La Francesa Savagnin

Glass Print Solutions Best Rosé - Wicks Estate 2021 Pinot Rose

F Miller & Co Best Pinot Noir - Sidewood Estate 2020 Pinot Noir

The Edinburgh Cellars Best Shiraz - The Lane Vineyard 2019 Heritage Shiraz Viognier

Culture Crop Best Other Red - Protero 2019 Nebbiolo

TK Print Best Tempranillo - Mt Bera 2018 'Running with the Cows' Tempranillo

Tremeaux Cooperage Best Cabernet or Blend - Bendbrook Wines 2018 SL Cabernet Sauvignon

AIG Solutions Best Museum Wine - Pike and Joyce 2016 MT Sparkling Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

Duxton Best Producer <100T – Golding Wines

Hughes Construction Best Producer >100T - Paracombe Wines

Clemens/ GJ East Best Single Vineyard - Mordrelle Wines 2015 Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay

Multi Color Corporation Best Wine of Provenance - Deviation Road 2018, 2015, 2011 Loftia Vintage Brut

Langley & Co Best White Wine - Penfolds 2020 Bin A Chardonnay

Orora Beverages Best Red Wine - Protero Nebbiolo 2019 Nebbiolo

Solitaire Automotive Group Best Wine of Show - Penfolds 2020 Bin A Chardonnay

AWAC Scholarship - Chris Parsons, Revenir

AWAC Scholarship - Turon White, The Lane Vineyard

Negociants Committee Award - Kate Laurie, Deviation Road

Chanticleer Award for Best Cellar Door Person - Agnes Wyszomirska, The Lane Vineyard

Chanticleer Award for Best Cellar Door - Simon Tolley Wines

Cheers to that! Hills’ top drops recognised