Viticulture

Regions’ top drop named

By Country News

Glenhope winery Burke & Wills, near Heathcote, has won the 2017 Victorian Wine Show Premier’s Trophy.

The winning drop was announced last Thursday at Parliament House in Melbourne, and is a 2015 VAT 1 Heathcote Shiraz.

The Victorian Wine Show received a $20000 grant from the Wine Growth Fund in 2017 to establish the Premier’s Trophy, which is awarded to the best wine from Victoria’s regional wine show winners.

The award aims to increase appreciation of the diversity and quality of Victoria’s wine regions.

‘‘Our growers are leaders in innovative winemaking and we’re proud to help them continue their great work,’’ Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford said.

‘‘The Wine Growth Fund aims to grow the industry by providing innovative growers, organisations and projects with funding to expand — supporting activities from the vineyard to the cellar door and beyond.

‘‘With initiatives such as the Wine Growth Fund, we’re growing the reputation of Victoria’s diverse wine industry on the global stage.’’

The wine industry contributes an estimated $7.6billion to the state economy and employs nearly 13000 people. The Wine Growth Fund has delivered $1.9million directly to wine industry projects.