WA wine industry acknowledges leaders

Posted by James Ferre on 24th November 2008

The leaders of the WA Wine Industry gathered to celebrate their own at the Chamber of Commerce & Industry WA Wine Industry Awards 2008 on November 21, held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. The yearly event, hosted by Gerry Gannon, aims to recognise the quality performers in all aspects of the WA wine industry.

WIAWA Chief Executive Officer Sue Vidovich said the awards succeed in recognising excellence in all aspects of the wine industry, from viticulture through to tourism and exporting. “We are delighted at the standard of entries received this year, and love to celebrate our own at this event,” Mrs Vidovich said. “These awards aim to recognize excellence in all aspects of the wine industry and are reflective of what we aim to achieve – premium quality and excellence at every stage of the winemaking, marketing and selling process.”

Vineyard- Wine grapes

For the second year, the Best Estate Grown White Wine and Best Estate Grown Red Wine were hotly contested. This award seeks to celebrate regionality and distinctive regional flavours, by limiting the wines judged to a single vineyard or estate from which the grapes are sourced.

“We were delighted to announce also the recipient of ‘Best WA Wine From 2008 Wine Shows’ as this award recognises the best of the best of all WA wine,” Mrs Vidovich added. “The winning Western Australian wine from each of the WA wine shows run in the 2008 Wine Show year in WA were invited to participate, and were judged against each other, and the best wine for 2008 selected. The winner, Houghton Gladstones Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2004, was the best in show at the Margaret River Wine Show held in December 2007.”

Finalists for this Award Category were as follows, along with their ‘Best in Show’ qualifiers:
Windows Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
– Blackwood Valley WA Boutique Winemakers Show
Ferguson Hart Estate Shiraz 2007
– Geographe Wine Show
Houghton Gladstones Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
– Margaret River Wine Show (November 2007)
Western Range Julimar Limited Release Chardonnay 2006
– Perth Hills Wine Show