Australian Wine Producer of the Year - 2010Thursday, November 18, 2010
2010 Australian Producer of the Year
International Wine and Spirit Competition
Château Tanunda secured its position amongst the world’s most respected producers of fine wine last night at the International Wine and Spirit Competition by taking out the prestigious ‘Australian Wine Producer of the Year’ title at the Grand Banquet in London.
The Iconic South Australian winery - Château Tanunda swept aside the competition from Yalumba, Peter Lehmann Wines, St Hallett, Stella Bella and Morris wines to receive the ultimate accolade along with picking up two of the individual wine trophies for ‘The Everest’ wines.
The Everest wines are the very pinnacle of winemaking at the Château and in picking up trophies for World’s Best - ‘International Shiraz/Syrah’ for the 2005 ‘The Everest’ Shiraz and World’s Best - ‘Single Estate Red Wine’ for the 2008 ‘The Everest’ Grenache the Chateau was awarded –
‘Australian Wine Producer of the Year’ for 2010
The owner of the Château, John Geber, understandably ecstatic said; ‘What a fantastic achievement for Château Tanunda and the international reputation of Australia, it certainly confirms my belief that we can compete with the very best in the world on a truly international stage.’
‘Australia has some very unique vineyards and its testament to the superior quality of fruit which comes out of the Barossa. These wines are all about the unique terroir and simply outstanding diversity achieved from our single vineyard sites.
It’s especially pleasing to receive this recognition for our Grenache which is now considered to be one of the greatest single vineyards in the world’ Said john Geber.
Château Tanunda was originally established in 1890 and in its day was the largest winery in the Southern Hemisphere producing table wines along with fortified wine for the world famous Brandy brand. Closed and vacated in 1993 the building was purchased in 1998 and completely renovated by John Geber who installed new facilities and a winery in 2004 with the sole aim of producing world class wine.
Celebrating its 120th anniversary this year the Château is undergoing something of a resurgence since the Geber family set about restoring this iconic building back to its former glory. 12 Gold Medals and Best Australian Producer of the Show at the 2010 Berlin Wine Trophy got the year off to a flying start in February. A five star rating from James Halliday followed, with seven wines scoring 94 points and above, placing the Château in the upper echelons of the 2011 Australian Wine Companion.
‘The Everest wines are solely aimed at reaching the pinnacle of winemaking and in winning these awards we have truly done that’ Said John Geber