Alpine Valley wine producers punching above their weight
ALPINE Valley wine producers are celebrating their recent success in the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show held in Mildura.
The Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show (AAVWS) is open to wine producers across Australia and New Zealand and is a dedicated forum for alternative and emerging varieties across the nation.
This year 207 exhibitors across 62 regions entered their wines. Chief Judge and wine writer Jane Faulkner led a team of 12 experienced wine judges tasting 805 wines over 3 days. Alpine Valleys producers were awarded 30 medals including 8 Gold. The highest accolade for the region went to Jo Marsh of Billy Button who received a trophy for the Best Nebbiolo in the show.
Alpine Valleys produce only a fraction (0.1%) of the national wine grape harvest, making the medal result a stunning achievement.
“The result reflects the suitability of the highly continental Alpine Valleys region to produce premium cool climate wines from both traditional and alternative and emerging varieties,” said Alpine Valley Vignerons Association Secretary, Nick Toy.
“There are exciting times ahead for the Alpine Valleys.”
“The regions breathtaking landscapes, picturesque vineyards, innovative winemakers, friendly cellar doors, remarkable seasonal contrasts and premium cool climate wines set the region apart.”
The awards are timely given the upcoming North East Wine Challenge where a number of the Alpine Valley’s best drops will be on show.
The three day event will take place at the Ablett Pavilion from November 26-28 with the public tasting pencilled in for 5pm on the Wednesday.