Saturday’s long lunch at the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show.

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.

Hither & Yon.

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

Trophy Winery Wine Vintage Class Details
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 »
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