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Victoria’s Premier Wine For 2024 has been crowned

A panel of industry experts has awarded the prestigious Premier’s Trophy to a 2022 Oakdene Liz’s Chardonnay at this year’s Victorian Wine Show.

Oakdene is a boutique, family-owned vineyard on the Bellarine Peninsula near Geelong and was among the finalists at the 2023 Victorian Wine Show.

Launched in 2017, the Premier’s Trophy aims to showcase the finest local wines and promote Victoria’s diverse wine regions.

Premier Jacinta Allan joined Minister for Agriculture Ros Spence and Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier Nick Staikos in celebrating the winners of the Premier’s Trophy and the Premier’s Choice Award.

“Victoria has a vibrant, diverse, and prestigious wine industry and is a vital part of our regional economy. I congratulate all the producers from this year’s awards and encourage all Victorians to visit our wine regions,” said Allan.

The Premier awarded her personal favourite among the finalists, selecting the 2017 Midhill Blanc de Blancs as the recipient of the Premier’s Choice Award, produced by Midhill at their Macedon Ranges Vineyard.

A 2022 De Bortoli Rutherglen Estate Sangiovese from De Bortoli Shelley’s Vineyard took home the international award. This wine was chosen by a Japanese judge and was featured at Tokyo FoodEx in March 2024.

Wine is an integral part of Victoria’s regional economy, providing jobs at wineries, vineyards, and cellar doors, while serving as a popular tourist attraction.

“Victoria is proud to be home to some of the world’s most prestigious winemakers, and these awards aim to showcase their talent while highlighting the vibrancy and diversity of our local wine industry,” said Spence.

The Government is working with industry representatives to develop a new Wine Strategy to help shape the future of the industry.

Consultation will begin via EngageVic in July, supported by a series of focused, regional forums.

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