ON THE GRAPEVINE: Hunter Valley wine and food producers receive top awards

HONOURS: McLeish Estate business operations manager Jessica McLeish with their trophy haul from the Sydney International Wine Competition.
HONOURS: McLeish Estate business operations manager Jessica McLeish with their trophy haul from the Sydney International Wine Competition.

McLeish Estate’s iconic Semillon range has been honored once again on the international stage, with a total of four trophies awarded its McLeish Cellar Reserve Semillon at the prestigious 38th Sydney International Wine Competition.

This year’s competition took place in October, with 1757 wines judged from a record 13 countries. The trophies were presented at the exhibition of award-winning wines on February 11.

The Sydney International Wine Competition is unique amongst wine shows in that wines are judged alongside food, making it the most relevant wine competition for consumers.

“I am delighted with the four trophies for the 2007 Cellar Reserve Semillon, but the trophy for the 2009 Cellar Reserve Semillon is the one that displays consistently high pedigree of our single vineyard that has been producing Semillon since 1985. In the most recent showing results, McLeish Semillon has been awarded 34 trophies and 55 gold medals since the 2007 vintage,” Bob McLeish says of the recent results.

Meanwhile, the Hunter Valley’s reputation as one of Australia’s leading wine and food destinations was further cemented on Friday night with an exciting win for one of its leading businesses at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.

Margan was awarded gold for ‘excellence in food tourism’ for the third time, having previously taken home gold in 2014 and 2016.

Margan’s win was a testament to its popular restaurant, agri-dining focus and vineyard and wine tasting operations, as well as its food experiences, which range from cooking schools to kitchen garden tours.

Should Margan win again in 2018 they will be inducted into the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame.

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