OVER THE MOON: Dawn Walker (Ridgemill Estate), and Jaymie Cross celebrating with Ravens Croft Wines owner Mark Ravenscroft.
OVER THE MOON: Dawn Walker (Ridgemill Estate), and Jaymie Cross celebrating with Ravens Croft Wines owner Mark Ravenscroft.

Red, white and ‘phew’: Wineries snag top awards on home soil

GRANITE Belt wineries continue to challenge on a national front.

In fact, two took out the most coveted awards at the Australian Small Winemakers Show held recently in Stanthorpe.

More than 80 guests from the wine industry attended a gala dinner at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism, where awards were presented across several categories.

Ravens Croft Wines was awarded Champion Queensland White Wine of show, and a gold medal, for the 2019 Verdelho.

In accepting the trophy, winemaker Mark Ravenscroft said, “it was pleasing to see recognition for Verdelho, a variety well suited to the Granite Belt”.

The trophy for Champion Queensland Red Wine of show was awarded to Golden Grove Estate for their 2018 Durif. This is the latest achievement for Golden Grove Estate who this year were named Queensland Winery of the Year.

Local wineries to win medals at the Australian Small Winemakers show included Ballandean Estate, Granite Ridge Wines, Hidden Creek Winery, Mason Wines, Pyramids Road Wines, Ridgemill Estate, Savina Lane Wines, Summit Estate, Symphony Hill Wines, Twisted Gum Wines, and Whiskey Gully Wines.

“The mammoth task of judging the 871 wines from across Australia started on Saturday, October 19 and extended over three and a half days,” ASWS spokesman David Oag said.

The Australian Small Winemakers Show is a national wine show held annually in Stanthorpe, and is specifically for small wineries crushing less than 500 tonnes each year.

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