Capital wine wins award for vineyardless vintage

Tue Nov 9, 2010 3:53am EST
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By Pauline Askin

SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - Australia's capital Canberra, known more for political infighting than vintages, may be about to start making its mark on the international wine scene with help from Eden Road Wines, which on Monday took a national award.

What's more, the company is a two-year-old upstart that doesn't even own its own vineyard.

"I feel very privileged," Eden Road winemaker Nick Spencer told Reuters. "I was amongst some very well regarded winemakers and wineries, so it was an honor and quite humbling to have won such an award."

Eden Road was named Best New Winery at the inaugural Good Wine Awards in South Australia, where 1,250 wines were tasted and 35 wines and wineries won awards.

It represents a new breed of wineries which don't own their own vineyards, choosing instead to cart grapes in from around the region.

"Our company has only been around for two years so we're still trying to find our feet, but it's not unusual now to not own vineyards," said Spencer, who media said took the award with the first vintage produced under his own label.

Out of 1250 wines tasted, 35 wines and wineries were honored at the inaugural awards.

Though the Canberra region has been far from famous among Australia's 60 designated wine regions up until now, this may be about to change, said awards presenter Nick Stock, also the author of a wine guidebook.   Continued...