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Winner of the Margaret River Viticultural Excellence award announced

Teresa Gibellini, Vineyard Manager of GM and G Vines has been named the recipient of the 2007/08 Viticultural Excellence award for her work at Glamorgan Estate.

The Margaret River Wine Industry Association established the Viticultural Excellence award to recognise the importance of quality fruit in the production of the region’s famed fine wines.

Judges A/Prof Mark Gibberd, Chair of Viticulture and Oenology at Curtin University of Technology and Mr Murray Edmonds, Independent Viticultural Consultant of Margaret River said they were very impressed at the quality of the applications and the care taken in their presentation.

Lead by Viticulturalist Teresa Gibellini, the Judges specifically noted GM & G Vines strong commitment to research and development at the vineyard managed on behalf of Glamorgan Estate the intention of which was to improve wine quality without sacrificing financial viability.

The Judges were unanimous in their praise for the research undertaken by GM and G Vines that is conducted in close consultation with the contracted winery (Vasse Felix). This focus on the end product means nearly all of the grapes supplied will go into wine in the ultra premium range of $14.99 — $49.99 AUD per bottle price point retail.

Ms Gibellini said, “the team was thrilled to win given the outstanding standard of viticultural practice throughout the Margaret River region.”

A representative from GM and G Vines will receive a $2,000 study travel bursary, courtesy of MRV Viticulture, to attend a conference or course of their choosing within Australia or overseas. That person will be asked to share their learning’s with other Margaret River viticulturalists when they return.

"In sponsoring the Viticultural Excellence award, MRV Viticulture is pleased to continue its strong relationship with the MRWIA and its members in supporting good viticultural practice," said owner John Mahoney. “After all fine wine begins its life in the vineyard not in the winery.”

Applicants were judged on written submissions and site inspections conducted during the 2008 vintage.

The Margaret River Wine Industry Association is a voluntary not-for-profit organisation representing the Margaret River wine industry.

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