VICTORIA’S best wines were celebrated this week, with the awarding of the Victorian Wine Show Premier’s Trophy at Parliament to The Gurdies Winery.
The Gurdies’ 2017 chardonnay, made by Dick Wettenhall with Dirty Three Wines owners Marcus Satchell and Lisa Sartori, was announced as the best in the state by Premier Daniel Andrews on Wednesday night.
As a follow-up to the Wine Show held in Nagambie in November 2018, the event at Parliament gave finalists an opportunity to showcase their winning wines.
Eleven regional wine shows were conducted across Victoria in 2018 and the winners of each show attended the annual Parliamentary wine tasting event.
Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale also announced Bass River Winery in Glen Forbes was successful in the second round of the Andrews Labor Government’s Wine Growth Fund, receiving $10,000 to help expand into the Japanese market and promote Gippsland wine overseas.
Funding will also help the winery establish wine trade connections with assistance from Wine Australia’s networks.
“The Gurdies Winery winning this award is just brilliant for them and also our Gippsland local wine industry as a whole.
“The Wine Growth Fund provides Bass’ best winemakers with the support they need to grow their businesses and boost visitors to our wonderful part of the world.
“Victorian winemakers produce some fantastic wines, and we’re proud to back this industry to keep growing well into the future.”
The grants program is supporting the wine industry to be viable and sustainable through adaptation, increasing visitation, boosting export markets and supporting jobs.
Round three has opened and information can be found at www.rdv.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs