In 1999 Stefano de Pieri and Bruce Chalmers, along with Dr. Rod Bonfiglioli, initiated the Sangiovese Awards and continued in 2000 with the Australian Italian Wine Show. Following the success of these shows, the first Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show was held in Mildura in November 2001.
From November 9-11 the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show brought a whirlwind of different wines to the town of Mildura.
Grapegrower & Winemaker viticulture contributor, Sam Bowman, was on hand as an associate judge, alongside the 2017 fellow, Katie Spain.
The show kicked off with a French themed dinner on the Thursday night, a French Talk and Taste masterclass on the Friday and was followed by a show tasting and long lunch on Saturday, which concluded the festivities.
The show attracted 233 exhibitors, pouring 101 different varieties from 66 different wine regions around Australia.
The lucky recipient of the Dr. Rod Bonfiglioli Best Wine of Show trophy this year was Hither & Yon for their 2017 Nero d’Avola.
The Trans-Tasman Award for Best NZ Wine went to Saint Clair Family Estate for their 2015 Saint Clair Pioneer Block 5 Bull Block Gruner Veltliner.
Best Red also went to Hither & Yon for the 2017 Nero d’Avola and Best White to Crittenden Estate’s 2013 Cri de Coeur.
The full trophy list is published below. To see a full list of results click here.
2017 AAVWS Trophys
|The Dr. Rod Bonfiglioli Best Wine of Show||Hither & Yon||Nero d’Avola||2017||31||View »|
|Trans-Tasman Award for Best NZ Wine||Saint Clair Family Estate||Saint Clair Pioneer Block 5 Bull Block Gruner Veltliner||2015||9||View »|
|Best Red Wine||Hither & Yon||Nero d’Avola||2017||31||View »|
|Best White Wine||Crittenden Estate||Cri de Coeur||2013||5||View »|
|Best Red Italian Variety Wine||Vino Di Famiglia Rosso Superiore||Amadio Wines||2016||16B||View »|
|Best White Italian Variety Wine||Cellarmasters||Stefano Premium Range Fleurieu Vermentino||2017||6A||View »|
|Best Iberian Variety Wine||RICCA TERRA VINTNERS||BULLETS BEFORE CANNONBALLS||2017||19C||View »|
|Best French Variety Wine||Crittenden Estate||Cri de Coeur||2013||5||View »|
|Chief of Judges Wine to Watch||Yangarra Estate Vinyard||Roux Beauté Roussanne||2015||13||View »|
|International Judge’s Wine to Watch||Kimbolton Wines||Montepulciano Rose||2017||33||View »|
|Best Blend||RICCA TERRA VINTNERS||BULLETS BEFORE CANNONBALLS||2017||19C||View »|
|Best Commercial Volume Wine||Tahbilk Pty Ltd||2011 Marsanne||2011||2||View »|
|Best Fortified||* Trophy not awarded|
|Best Nebbiolo||Amato Vino||Nebbiolo||2015||17||View »|
|Best Nero d’Avola||Hither & Yon||Nero d’Avola||2017||31||View »|
|Best Rosé||Delinquente Wine Co||Pretty Boy||2017||33||View »|
|Best Sparkling Wine||* Trophy not awarded|
|Stewards Choice Award||G. Patritti & Co. Pty LTD||Patritti Trincadeira||2015||32A||View »|
|Best Murray Darling Region Wine||Montevecchio||Mildura Bianco||2017||12A||View »|
|Tony Mangan Memorial Award for Best Organic Wine||Whistling Kite Biodynamic Wines||Whistling Kite Biodynmaic Viognier||2017||1A||View »|
|Best Label Artwork||Delinquente Wine Co||Tuff Nutt||2017||15||View »|