By Nancy Panter, SubRosa Wine
Like many, the Grampians Wine Region has faced challenges in 2020, although there is still a lot to smile about, and with Victorians close to coming out of lockdown I thought it opportune time to reflect upon the year that has been.
The way winemakers and wine lovers interact has changed this year, but the 2020 vintage looks superb, and will put Grampians wine on the map once again.
We’ve missed our Melbourne and interstate friends, but overwhelming support has shown how much Victorians care for one another.
From so much uncertainty, has come a blossoming number of achievements that gives us all hope for a Grampians Wine Region that will continue to not only survive, but thrive.
Best’s Wines, a pillar in the Grampians wine community, celebrated recognition as Best Value Winery in the 2021 Halliday Wine Companion Awards. With a range of high-quality wines, including its' 2018 Shiraz, at a price point of $25, it is no surprise Best’s took home this accolade.
Yet another Grampians winery synonymous with history and quality, Seppelt Wines, was recognised by the Halliday Wine Companion. The winery was awarded Australia’s Best Riesling 2021 for its prestigious Drumborg Vineyard Riesling. With an incredible score of 98 points out of 100, this is a testament to one of the oldest wineries in the region.
To make it a Halliday Wine Companion trifecta for our region, Mount Langi Ghiran’s 2018 Langi Shiraz received a 99-point rating and a Special Value Star. This wine, at $200, is certainly a special one, and an almighty achievement from its maker and my partner, Adam Louder, who also makes our wine here at SubRosa.
But it’s not just the team at Halliday singing the Grampians’ wines praises. The Real Review, by trusted wine writer and critic, Huon Hooke, named a total of seven Grampians wineries in the top 15% of his list. This acknowledgment is after the assessment of about 10,000 wines during the year, with The Real Review Top Wineries Certificate awarded to a select group of wineries that consistently produce excellent wine.
In more recent news, Miners Ridge took out Best Shiraz, the Kym Ludvigsen Best Single Vineyard Wine award as well as Best Wine of the Show in the Western Wine Challenge for their 2018 A.T Shiraz.
Accolades aside, trends have shown there has been much to celebrate in our wine region this year, despite trying circumstances.
Wineries have experienced keen interest from customers who want to know more about the wines they are buying, so they can make informed, conscious decisions.
Whether it is deciding on a bottle online, from a shelf or in a restaurant, consumers are increasingly wanting to know where their wine is made, the winery’s history and want to support family-owned businesses.
Wineries have seen overwhelming support from wine lovers, not only buying their wines online, but supporting them with wine membership. Supportive relationships between hospitality venues and wine producers have also strengthened during this time, ensuring strong, long-lasting partnerships for years to come.
Wineries might not have been able to see as many people in person, but have compensated with experiences in and out of the home. This has been a time of innovation for the industry, to ensure consumers can enjoy their favourite wines in a memorable way, no matter where they are.
In Regional Victoria, in-person tastings have changed, and many believe for the better. The increasing need to book and pay for tastings has resulted in a more intimate and educational experience, for not only the customer, but for winemakers and staff. This could be something we will see more and more moving forward.
Travelers have enjoyed an overall change of pace, and we anticipate will choose to visit one or two wineries in a day rather than four or five, enjoying the quality time and quality wine.
It was not the year we imagined, but there is still so much ahead including Seriously Shiraz, and we cannot wait to see what the next vintage holds.
29 - 30 October
Through the challenges, we have seen some shimmers of victories and hope for our Grampians Wine Region. We invite all wine lovers to celebrate these wins with us in this year’s Seriously Shiraz.
Enjoy the opportunity to sample some of the best Shiraz, grown and produced in the country, while the expert winemakers from the Grampians share their wisdom and guide you along the way in a virtual masterclass.
Tickets are selling well as Shiraz lovers marvel at the cool-climate treasures that can be sampled in a choice of three themed virtual masterclasses –
"In the Cellar"
Participants will receive a 10% discount code for purchases made following their masterclass.
Try before you buy and stock up for Christmas.
$50pp / $90 for two people in one household. Tickets close Sunday 25 October.
Photo credit: Wine Australia