Berry takes out pres­ti­gious wine award

Albany Extra - - News - Saskia Adysti

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.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and chief wine­maker at West Cape Howe Gavin Berry is proud of his top value win­ery of the year award.

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