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Hunter Valley Wine Industry recognises both young and old at the 2009 Legends and Wine Industry Awards.
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The Hunter Valley Wine Industry has come together to honour the achievements of their own at the third annual Hunter Valley Legends and Wine Industry Awards held at Wyndham Estate, Dalwood, last night. The evening celebrated and recognised the hard work and dedication of the men and women of the region who are passionate about making the best wines available from the region.
The award winners are:
HUNTER VALLEY LIVING LEGENDS:
Jay Tulloch, Bruce Tyrrell, Phil Ryan & Fay McGuigan
Individuals who have shown long term vision and commitment to the betterment of the Hunter Valley Wine Industry are inducted as Hunter Valley Legends.
2009 WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR:
Jim Chatto — Pepper Tree Wines
Finalists: PJ Charteris — Brokenwood Wines, Usher Tinkler — Poole's Rock
This award recognises an outstanding Hunter Valley winemaker, who is a leader in their profession. It is judged based on a number of factors including experience, qualifications, winemaking techniques, experimentation or individual style resulting in unique wine styles produced.
RISING STAR OF THE YEAR:
Sarah Crowe — Brokenwood Wines
Finalists: Matt Burton — Wandin Valley Estate, Nick Patterson — Chateau Pato/Mistletoe Wines
This award recognises an aspiring star of the Hunter Valley Wine Industry. They can be involved in winemaking, vineyard management, marketing or sales and have made an outstanding contribution over the preceding 12 months, showing vast results and achievements.
VITICULTURIST OF THE YEAR:
Ian Tinkler — Tinklers Vineyard
Finalists: Rod Windrim — Krinklewood Vineyard, Liz Riley — Vitibit
This category awards an outstanding viticulturist involved in the management of Hunter Valley vineyards. The criteria includes demonstration of vineyards that have achieved iconic status under the care of the nominee, any research and development undertaken to improve quality, and work that has resulted in better practice for the Hunter Valley as a whole.
CELLAR DOOR OF THE YEAR:
Scarborough Wine Co.
Finalists: Brokenwood Wines, Pepper Tree Wines
This award recognises excellence at the cellar door which largely influences over all public perception and image of the Hunter Valley Wine Industry.
2009 HERITAGE AWARD:
Uncle Dan's Slab Hut — Tyrrell's Vineyards
This year sees the introduction of an exciting new award, 'The Heritage Award' which acknowledges landmarks or items of historical importance that have influenced the course of or made a significant contribution to the Hunter Valley Wine Industry.
Iain Riggs, chairman, Hunter Valley Legends and Wine Industry Awards said, "We are very fortunate to have so many talented and passionate people who work hard to continue the high standard of winemaking in the region which was set by the Hunter Valley legends & pioneers. The awards ensure we recognise and celebrate those that are at the forefront of the Industry and highlight their achievements."