Berry takes out prestigious wine award
West Cape Howe managing director and chief winemaker Gavin Berry has been awarded the prestigious Jack Mann Memorial Medal by the WA Wine Press Club.
The Jack Mann Memorial Medal was established in 1989 in honour of legendary Houghton winemaker Mr Mann, and is presented to people who have made an outstanding contribution to WA’s wine industry.
WA Wine Press Club committee member, Matt Benson said the award was fitting for Mr Berry, who had a long history with the wine industry in the region.
“Gavin Berry has established an enviable reputation for excellence over some 30-plus consecutive winemaking vintages in Western Australia’s Great Southern,” he said.
“Prior to helping establish West Cape Howe Wines on the old Goundrey vineyard, Gavin and wife Gill established Mount Trio wines (Porongurup) in 1988.
“He then acquired West Cape Howe Wines in 2004, and since then, the vineyard has been recognised in the 2016 James Halliday Wine Companion as Australia’s best-value winery.
“West Cape Howe Wines has expanded greatly under the astute winemaking skills and business acumen of Gavin Berry and his outstanding team.
“I believe Gavin Berry’s credentials are outstanding.”
West Cape Howe produces an expansive range of five-star coolclimate wines, frequently winning trophies and gold medals at major Australian wine shows.
The Wine Press Club’s selection panel was also impressed with Mr Berry’s commitment to philanthropic causes.
This includes his support for research into motor neurone disease.
Managing director and chief winemaker at West Cape Howe Gavin Berry is proud of his top value winery of the year award.