Alpine Val­ley wine pro­duc­ers punch­ing above their weight

Alpine Observer - - News -

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.

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