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Two SA vineyards emerge as winners of Annual Vineyard of the Year Awards

Two South Australian wineries have emerged as winners in the prestigious Young Gun of Wine 4th Annual Vineyard of the Year Awards.

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Two South Australian vineyards have emerged as winners in the prestigious Young Gun of Wine 4th Annual Vineyard of the Year Awards, an event celebrating Australia’s top vineyards and their growers.

Vineyard of the Year was awarded to Erinn Klein of Ngeringa in the Adelaide Hills, while Innovative Vineyard of the Year went to Sheridan Alm of Starrs Reach Vineyard in the Riverland.

At Ngeringa Biodynamic Winery and Farm, Erinn Klein and his wife, Janet, planted the Summit Vineyard on their family’s property between 2001 and 2002, with a vine density of 6,600 per hectare. The property has met the biodynamic farming principles for over a decade, receiving certification in 1993. This land also hosts the herb farm central to the family’s Jurlique skincare brand, providing botanicals for their products.

Sheridan Alm’s of Starrs Reach in the Riverland stands out for its commitment to minimal inputs, sustainability, and land restoration. Alm focuses on non-vineyard land, including Mallee scrub, wetlands, and floodplains, while turning core grape varieties like Grenache and Mataro. With emphasis on bright fruit flavours and freshness, Alm aims to demonstrate the Riverland can produce high-quality grapes on a large scale, suitable for modern wine styles.

The Young Gun of Wine Vineyard of the Year Awards highlights the important role of vineyards and growers in the Australian wine industry. These awards emphasise sustainability, innovation, and the pursuit of vine health and wine quality.

In addition to the South Australian winners, two Victorian wineries were also honoured. Old Vineyard of the Year was awarded to Andrew George of Yarra Yering in the Yarra Valley, while New Vineyard of the Year went to Adam Foster of Syrahmi Wines’ Home Block in Heathcote.

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