BURKE and Wills Winery is competing for the title of best regional wine at this year’s Victorian Wine Show in Nagambie.
The state government is supporting the 2017 Victorian Wine Show with a $20,000 grant from round two of the Wine Growth Fund to help promote and celebrate the state’s wine industry.
The Victorian Wine Show is the largest gathering of Victorian wines in any one place and judging is taking place this week at Mitchelton Winery in Nagambie.
The grant will be used for initiatives including the establishment of the Premier’s trophy, which will be awarded to the best wine from the regional wine show winners, making it the ‘champion of champions’.
This new trophy aims to increase appreciation of the diversity and quality of Victoria’s wine regions, and recognises the support of the state government.
The 2017 finalists include wineries from around Victoria, however there’s hope that Burke and Wills’ 2015 Vat 1 Heathcote Shiraz will take the title.
Member for Northern Victoria Jacyln Symes said the event is a major tourism opportunity.
“The wine show brings major judges and officials to the heart of Nagambie, which provides a real economic boost for the region – and that’s great for growers in the local town,” Ms Symes said.
The grant will also fund a travel scholarship for a local winemaker to investigate a grape variety, region, wine style or technique. The winner will extend their knowledge of international wine trends, and bring the new expertise back into the Victorian industry.
Minister for agriculture Jaala Pulford said the event provides recognition for the work of Victorian growers.
“Victoria’s wine is among the world’s best, and it continues to sparkle thanks to events such as the Victorian Wine Show that cultivate excellence within the industry,” Ms Pulford said.
The grant will also allow the wine show to appoint esteemed overseas judges who can then act as ambassadors for Victorian wines, and foster the development of aspiring Victorian wine judges.
The Wine Growth Fund has so far provided $720,000 in grants for 41 projects across the state.