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Nuptial celebrations begin early for young trophy winner

Costanzo is the chief winemaker at the family-owned and operated Golden Grove Estate on Queensland’s Granite Belt. The 27-year-old is believed to be the youngest recipient of the trophy in the show’s 28 year history. Costanzo challenged 1692 entries to win the coveted trophy. In a career of firsts, he was the first Granite Belt-born winemaker to qualify as a professional winemaker. He was also the winner of the inaugural Telstra Country Wide® Rural Young Achiever Awards winning the viticulture category in 2003. Since graduating in Wine Science at Charles Sturt University he has worked in a range of wineries across Australia and in the USA before joining the family business in 2002. National award winners were:- Champion small winery of show – Harewood Estate Wines – Western Australia Most successful exhibitor – Stanton & Killeen Wines – Rutherglen VIC Champion red wine – Setanta Wines 2004 Shiraz – South Australia Champion white wine – Harewood Estate Wines 2005 Reisling Champion fortified wine – Stanton & Killeen Wines NV Muscat Champion label – Blackbilly Wines McLaren Vale 2004 Shiraz – South Australia Queensland award winners were:- Best Queensland dry white wine – Symphony Hill Wines 2004 Verdelho – Granite Belt Qld Best Queensland red wine – Ravens Croft Wines 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon – Granite Belt Qld Best Queensland fortified wine – Romavilla Winery NV Black Muscat – Qld Technical excellence in Queensland winemaking – Symphony Hill Wines – Granite Belt Qld Most successful exhibitor – Golden Grove Estate – Granite Belt — Qld

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