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Exciting young talent emerging from Tasmania
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Fran Austin, winemaker and manager at Bay of Fires Winery in Tasmania, was named winner of the Qantas Medal on 26 July 2005, awarded to the country’s most exciting emerging winemaker aged 32 and under. Fran was born in Western Australia, educated in South Australia and is now based in Tasmania.
The Qantas Medal forms part of the prestigious 2005 Qantas/Australian Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year Awards. The major prize went to Peter Bissell of Balnaves of Coonawarra, South Australia.
Ms Austin, 30, was selected by a panel of six wine industry experts, from an extensive field of young and talented winemakers.
“This is undoubtedly the highlight of my career to date,” Ms Austin said. “To be selected by your peers for your contribution to winemaking is both an honour, and humbling experience,” she said.
In 2002, at the age of 27, Ms Austin was appointed Winemaker/Manager at Bay of Fires Winery in the Pipers River region of Tasmania, to oversee production of the Hardy Wine Company’s prestige cold climate wines produced under the Bay of Fires and Tigress labels.
As part of her prize, Ms Austin wins $3000 worth of air travel with Qantas.