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Australia’s top winegrowers to be revealed at the annual Vineyard of the Year awards

The fourth annual Vineyard of the Year Awards list of Australia’s top winegrowers has landed.

The Vineyard of the Year Awards were created in 2020 to advance the regional identity of Australian wine and promote leading edge sustainability and innovation in winegrowing.

Wine writer Max Allen has judged these awards since inception, he said “They provide shining examples of innovative ideas, leading-edge practice, and sustainable business.”

With over 6,000 grape-growers, picking the top vineyards in Australia is no easy task.

“Collectively, they offer a ray of hope: by highlighting regenerative viticulture, by championing our best growers and viticulturists and vignerons, we can remind ourselves that growing grapes and making wine is a long-term game that requires resilience and optimism and ingenuity – all of which are on display in the list of this year’s top growers,” said Allen.

To judge the awards, a group of leading experts on viticulture were enlisted to personally review all the applicants. Prue Henschke, Dr Kerry DeGaris, Richard Leask and Dr Colin McBryde joined Max Allen in arriving at an outstanding list of 41 top winegrowers.

Since July 2023, Young Gun of Wine and the judging panel have spent months narrowing the field to the 41 that best exemplified the values of sustainability, innovation, provenance and growing great wine, with a ground-truthing process that includes site inspections of a random sample of vineyards across the country.

The 41 top growers in the 4th Annual Vineyard of the Year Awards include 18 from South Australia, nine from Victoria, seven from New South Wales/ACT, four from Western Australia, and three from Tasmania.

There are finalists that are caring for old vines, some are those they planted themselves that have reached significant maturity and are now tended to by two generations of vignerons.

Others are picking up the legacy from generations past to care for 19th century vines – some of the oldest in the world. DNA testing has discovered varieties unseen in Australia.

Beside celebrating the achievements these top vineyards, there are four trophies to be awarded, with the recipients announced June 2024.

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