• It’s evolution, not revolution, in wine

    IN THE WOOD: Beechworth Vignerons’ Association president Simon Grant (right) with winemaker Adrian Rodda in the Grants’ Traviarti vineyard on Monday. PHOTO: Jamie Kronborg

    BEECHWORTH vignerons’ success in the North East Victorian Wine Challenge in Myrtleford this month has lent impetus to one of the country’s smallest wine regions.

    Beechworth took home the regional shield in the competition, judged by respected wine writer Jane Faulkner, against the Rutherglen, Glenrowan, King and Alpine Valleys regions.

    “An interesting thing is that we didn’t have the highest number of entrants but we were judged to win the shield,” said winemaker Adrian Rodda.

    “That’s a great indication of the region and also the hand interacting with the region through producers.

    “It’s a good demonstration of where we’re at as a region.”

    Beechworth Vignerons’ Association president Simon Grant said that success – and winning the regional shield for the second year in a row – encourages producers.

    Mr Rodda said the standing of the judge also enhanced the measure of Beechworth’s success.

    “She was chosen because of her strength with alternative varieties, which is part of the strength of the North East wider region, and some Len Evans tutorial scholars,” Mr Rodda said.

    “While the region’s not being led by (alternatives), we’re certainly seeing investment in those that’s quite strong – in nebbiolo, tempranillo and sangiovese, for example.”


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