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Chris Ringland named Barossa Winemaker of the Year
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New Zealand-born winemaker Chris Ringland was this week presented with the prestigious ‘Barossa Winemaker of the Year’ award at the annual declaration of vintage in the Barossa Valley, South Australia.
Chris was overjoyed with the accolade saying he hopes this will help to strengthen the resolve of the many small winemakers contending with these harsh economic conditions going into the 2006 vintage.
Apart from making critically acclaimed wine, Chris is co-owner of Barr-Vinum, nestled in Angaston, situated in the foothills of the Barossa and recently awarded ‘The Advertiser Best Regional Restaurant’ award. Chris, whose own 65 case production is highly sought after in both Australia and North America, makes wine for a small number of South Australian companies including, Greenock Creek, Rockford and his long running joint venture RBJ, as well as consulting on projects in Spain and Italy.
Asked about the prospects of vintage 2006 in South Australia and in particular the Barossa Valley, Chris said he felt that with the amazing amount of rain near the end of last year, and the beautiful warm summer we have had, that the winemakers were going to be crushing some of the finest grapes in the last five years with grape samples showing wonderful acid/sugar balance.