Establish in 2007, The Young Gun Of Wine has become one of the most exciting wine trophies in Australia.
The competition celebrates the finest and most innovative rising stars and is renowned as the place to spot the best new talent and trends in wine.
Brian Walsh, chairman of Wine Australia, describes the competition as “different from all others, bringing a unique energy and vitality to the sector”.
“In the decade of its existence, The Young Gun Of Wine Award has become an incubator of emerging talent in the Australian grape and wine community. A casual perusal of the nominees since 2007, reads like a who’s who of the contemporary wine scene in Australia.”
Now going into its eleventh year, the organisers of the competition are turning up the volume and expanding the format.
Nick Stock, who has led the judging panel since its inception, encourages all emerging winemakers to enter. “These awards are about gathering like-minded and uniquely individual talents together, rallying eclectic and far flung tastes, making noise, getting them noticed and having a ripping time along the way. We’re on the hunt for the “young at heart” whether they’re employed by an established company or running their own show; whether they’re refining traditional styles or getting radical, we just want to celebrate the best talent.”
WHO HAS ENTERED?
Many budding winemakers have entered this year’s competition and will show their wines at fabulous fun-filled events around Australia from October to November 2016 with support of the Sommeliers Australia.
PORTAVIN’S NOMINEES FOR THE 2017 YOUNG GUN OF WINE AWARDS:
The entire Portavin team would like to wish the following entries the best of luck and we look forward to supporting you at each of the events!
- Peter Kelly – Eden Valley/Barossa – Thorn-Clarke Wines – www.thornclarkewines.com.au
- Steve Lubiana – Tasmania – Stefano Lubiana Wines – www.slw.com.au
- Mark Warren – Margaret River – Marq Wines – www.marqwines.com.au
New South Wales:
- Liz Silkman – Hunter Valley – First Creek Wines/ Silkman Wines – www.firstcreekwines.com.au www.silkmanwines.com.au
- Michael Dal Zotto – King Valley – Dal Zotto Wines – www.dalzotto.com.au
- Dan Bettio – N/E Victoria – Arlo – TBA
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED:
This years events are guaranteed to be whole lot of fun. You can find out more and book tickets through the links below.
- Sydney, 6-9pm Wednesday October 26: https://ivyygowuncut.eventbrite.com
- Melbourne, 3-6pm Sunday October 30 – Fitzroy Pub Crawl: https://ygowuncutfitzroy.eventbrite.com
- Melbourne, 1.30-6.45pm Saturday November 19 – featuring The Yeastie Boys: http://ygowuncutyeastieboys.eventbrite.com
- Adelaide, 7pm-late Saturday November 19: https://ygowuncutadelaide.eventbrite.com
- Perth, 1-4pm Friday December 2: https://ygowuncutillido.eventbrite.com
Judging will be held in March 2017 to determine the top 50. These will be announced during the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and in conjunction with Alquimie Magazine, who are releasing a special free publication to profile the top 50.
The 12 finalists are then revealed in May 2017 ahead of “People’s Choice” events in June, and culminating with the trophy winners presentation.
WHAT THE EVENT SUPPORTERS HAVE TO SAY:
Josh Elias of Alquimie says they’re looking forward to profiling the Top 50 producers. “Australian wine has never been better and we are thrilled to be able to tell its story. Perhaps most importantly, the way that our story is being communicated is changing. Finalists recognised by the Young Gun of Wine are reinterpreting our landscape, creating wines that excel in both their complexity and also, in their accessibility. The wines are exciting and the end consumer is being reengaged in a new fashion.”
David Lawler, President of Sommeliers Australia, further highlights the opportunity to connect and educate through the competition and events: “This beautifully untethered approach is yielding a greater understanding for all about the potentials for our lands, soils and wines.”
“All sommeliers should be fostering relationships with quality producers to better understand their stories, wines and motivations. An alliance with the Young Gun of Wine promises to add yet more valuable layers for the relationships between winemakers, sommeliers and consumers.”
PORTAVIN IS A PROUD TRADE PARTNER:
Portavin’s business development manager, Peter Walker, said the Young Gun Of Wine Award puts a new positive spin to wine and wine industry promotion.
“We are thrilled to be a Trade Partner of this competition as it is an innovative way to showcase the Australian Wine Industry and bring to the fore new talent,” Peter said.
“We love to support inventive ways to gain recognition for the ever-changing wine industry and we very much look forward to helping spread the word and supporting all entries at the upcoming events”, he said.
For more information on the Young Gun Of Wine Awards please contact us or visit the official website on: http://younggunofwine.com/