One of South Australia’s oldest wineries, Angove Family Winemakers, has taken home the top prize for the “Best Tasmanian Chardonnay” at the Melbourne Royal Wine Show for the second year running.
Their 2022 Lost Farm Tasmanian Chardonnay outshone the competition, a remarkable feat for a winery not based on the island state. An additional bonus of this is that this award winning win is now available for tasting at the Angove Family’s two cellar doors in McLaren Vale and Renmark.
Lost Farm Wines is a cool climate winemaking project of the Angove Family.
The name ‘Lost Farm’ comes from the historic loss of the Angove Family Farm in the 1970’s near Adelaide, South Australia. At the time it was the family’s best viticultural asset and was referred to by locals simply as “The Farm”.
In 1974, government bureaucrats re-zoned the land from agricultural to residential resulting in the South Australian Land Commission compulsorily acquired the farm, home to the family’s best vines.
Third generation Vigneron, Tom Angove, fought the ruling all the way to South Australia’s Supreme Court with no success. With the stroke of a pen, the family farm was lost.
In 2008 5th Generation winemaker, Richard Angove, worked harvest in the beautiful Tamar Valley in northern Tasmania. He just loved the landscape, vineyards and flavours of the wines.
Many years later when the opportunity arose to work with a selection of growers and create a range of small batch wines the family began a new winemaking project in Tasmania, driven by a passion for premium cool climate wines, in particular Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
‘To bring some of our family history to this new adventure and to remember our original farm, lost to urban sprawl in 1974, Lost Farm – Tasmania was born.’
‘We are incredibly grateful and excited to win such a prestigious trophy, these wines are made with such care and dedication by our team. To our small group of growers, growing such amazing fruit, to our small winemaking team looking after each individual barrel, there are many hands that have helped craft this wine on its journey, it really goes to show that with a shared vision, anything is achievable,’ said Richard.
The award-winning Chardonnay and other wines from the Lost Farm range are available for tasting at the Angove Cellar Doors in McLaren Vale and Renmark. This gives locals and visitors a chance to sample some of Tasmania’s finest without the travel.
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