The North East Victorian Wine Challenge, the local wine judging show that features the best wines from the North East Vic regions of Alpine Valleys, Beechworth, King Valley, Rutherglen and Glenrowan; was held in Beechworth last week. A total of 46 producers were represented with a record number of entries and gold medals presented with the judges blown away by the overall wine quality.
In what was also a reflection of the quality of wines being produced in our local area, the Alpine Valleys region was awarded the Regional Shield as Winning Region. Local wineries Mayford, Feathertop Winery, Billy Button and Ringer Reef took home a swathe of medals. Highlights included Mayford’s 2018 Tempranillo winning the trophy for the best wine of the Alpine Valleys region. The Feathertop 2018 Friulano won the trophy for Best Alternative White Wine in show.
Feathertop’s Winemaker and the Secretary of the Alpine Valleys Vignerons Association. Nick Toy said: “As a region, we are so pleased to win the Regional Shield again. The NEVWC has been growing in stature and importance year on year and it is great to go head-to-head with our fellow producers from the North East.”
“We are so proud of the quality of Alpine Valleys wines which are gaining more recognition each year and for a small region we certainly punch above our weight. As a winemaker, I make wine for our customers and not necessarily to try and win trophies and gold medals but they are certainly pleasing to win. The wine shows are a fantastic way to benchmark our wines, especially our local show which has a broad focus on both traditional and emerging grape varieties”, he said.
Feathertop Winery Awards at the 2019 North East Victorian Wine Challenge Awards. For the complete list of winners click here.
– Feathertop 2018 Friulano – 96 points, Top gold and Trophy for best Alternate White variety.
– Feathertop 2018 Prosecco – 95 points, gold medal
– Feathertop 2019 Pinot Gris – 95 points and Top Gold in class.
– Feathertop 2019 Gris de Gris – 95 points, gold medal.
– Feathertop 2018 Vermentino – 95 points, gold medal
– Feathertop 2019 Rose – 95 points and Top Gold in class.
– Feathertop 2019 Fiano – 92 points, silver medal
– Feathertop 2019 Sauvignon Blanc – 88 points, bronze medal
Feathertop Winery is delighted with the continuing success on the wine show scene with medal winning performances at the recent Australian Alternate Varieties Wine Show where the Feathertop 2019 Fiano and 2017 Nebbiolo both won bronze medals.