Burke and Wills Win­ery on the trail of state prize


BURKE and Wills Win­ery is com­pet­ing for the ti­tle of best re­gional wine at this year’s Vic­to­rian Wine Show in Nagam­bie.

The state gov­ern­ment is sup­port­ing the 2017 Vic­to­rian Wine Show with a $20,000 grant from round two of the Wine Growth Fund to help pro­mote and cel­e­brate the state’s wine in­dus­try.

The Vic­to­rian Wine Show is the largest gath­er­ing of Vic­to­rian wines in any one place and judg­ing is tak­ing place this week at Mitchel­ton Win­ery in Nagam­bie.

The grant will be used for ini­tia­tives in­clud­ing the es­tab­lish­ment of the Pre­mier’s tro­phy, which will be awarded to the best wine from the re­gional wine show win­ners, mak­ing it the ‘cham­pion of cham­pi­ons’.

This new tro­phy aims to in­crease ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the di­ver­sity and qual­ity of Vic­to­ria’s wine re­gions, and recog­nises the sup­port of the state gov­ern­ment.

The 2017 fi­nal­ists in­clude wineries from around Vic­to­ria, how­ever there’s hope that Burke and Wills’ 2015 Vat 1 Heath­cote Shi­raz will take the ti­tle.

Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­cyln Symes said the event is a ma­jor tourism op­por­tu­nity.

“The wine show brings ma­jor judges and of­fi­cials to the heart of Nagam­bie, which pro­vides a real eco­nomic boost for the re­gion – and that’s great for grow­ers in the lo­cal town,” Ms Symes said.

The grant will also fund a travel schol­ar­ship for a lo­cal wine­maker to in­ves­ti­gate a grape va­ri­ety, re­gion, wine style or tech­nique. The win­ner will ex­tend their knowl­edge of in­ter­na­tional wine trends, and bring the new ex­per­tise back into the Vic­to­rian in­dus­try.

Min­is­ter for agri­cul­ture Jaala Pul­ford said the event pro­vides recog­ni­tion for the work of Vic­to­rian grow­ers.

“Vic­to­ria’s wine is among the world’s best, and it con­tin­ues to sparkle thanks to events such as the Vic­to­rian Wine Show that cul­ti­vate ex­cel­lence within the in­dus­try,” Ms Pul­ford said.

The grant will also al­low the wine show to ap­point es­teemed over­seas judges who can then act as am­bas­sadors for Vic­to­rian wines, and foster the de­vel­op­ment of aspir­ing Vic­to­rian wine judges.

The Wine Growth Fund has so far pro­vided $720,000 in grants for 41 projects across the state.

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