Ferrari, who has worked at Yalumba Wines for more than two decades as their “storyteller”, entertained the crowd at the awards with tales of how she was hired to travel the world spruiking Australian wine.
“As we go through a very wobbly moment in our industry, I am here to tell you that there’s nothing we can’t do with what we’ve got coming out every day from our vineyards and wineries,” she said.
“I had a moment of clarity in the early 2000s when I realised that the winemakers and researchers in our wine industry had done such a good job that good wine was everywhere a great wine was common.
“And the niche I could take was wine with entertainment on the side. It worked for us and it will still work now. People are looking for it. They love it. They love the personal context.”
National Wine Communicators of Australia Executive Chairman, Angus Barnes said the legend award recognised Ferrari’s outstanding contribution to the industry.
“Jane has inspired people about wine both in Australia and around the world and does this with her down to earth brand of wit, humour, and sensitivity. I feel confident that this year’s winner of the Legend of the Vine will be well supported right across the industry,” he said.
Ferrari is the ninth person to be awarded Legend of the Vine status in SA, joining a prestigious national list that includes Peter Hayes, Brian Croser AO, Pam Dunsford, Tony Love, Brian Walsh, d’Arry Osborne, Bill Hardy, and Patrick Iland.
Australia’s top wines
Western Australian winery Evans & Tate took out top honours at the 2023 Royal Adelaide Wine Show on Friday.
Lauded for its stunning depth and length of flavour, their Redbrook Estate Shiraz 2019 was awarded the Max Schubert AM Trophy for Most Outstanding Red in Show.
The win comes on the back of the Margaret River winery being awarded Best Wine in Show at the Sydney Royal Wine Show (Redbrook Estate Chardonnay 2021) and Perth Royal Wine Awards (Redbrook Reserve Chardonnay 2020) earlier this year.
Greg Follet, Chairman of the Wine Committee and past Max Schubert Trophy recipient, said it had been another great year for the Royal Adelaide Wine Show.
“We had more than 2300 wines this year, and our judges have been impressed by the quality and variety of wines in this year’s entries,” Follet said.
“Evans & Tate have had a great couple of years winning big awards for their Chardonnays and Cabernet, and winning one of the country’s leading red wine awards is another feather in their cap.”
A neighbouring Margaret River winery, Stella Bella Wines, took home the George Fairbrother Memorial Trophy for best White Wine in Show for their Luminosa Chardonnay 2022.
Hunter Valley’s Brokenwood Wines was awarded The Gramp Hardy Hill Smith Prize for the best National Wine of Provenance for their Indigo Vineyard Chardonnay 2012, 2016, 2022, with head winemaker Stuart Hordern awarded the F Miller & Co Prize.
SA wines were limited to winning the Governor’s Trophies.
Best South Australian Red went to Jim Barry Wines for its Barry and Sons Cabernet 2021, while Penfolds won the Best South Australian White for its Penfolds Cellar Reserve Polish Hill River Riesling 2023.
Both these wines will now be exclusively served to guests at Government House for the next 12 months.
“We have had a great range of wines win this award in the past and it is great to see some of South Australia’s established wine labels like Jim Barry and Penfolds continue to enter and win awards like this,” Follet said.
“Our state Governors have been a huge supporter of the Wine Show over the years and having the additional benefit of being served in Government House is a great privilege.”
For the second year, the Royal Australian Spirit Awards were incorporated into the show, with the TAFE SA Trophy for Champion Spirit in Show awarded to St Agnes Distiller in Renmark for their St Agnes XO, Distilled.
The spirit awards judged distillers from across Australia and New Zealand in 20 individual classes.
The Max Schubert AM Trophy
MOST OUTSTANDING RED WINE IN SHOW
Evans & Tate Redbrook Estate Shiraz 2019
The George Fairbrother Memorial Trophy
MOST OUTSTANDING WHITE WINE IN SHOW
Stella Bella Wines Luminosa Chardonnay 2022
The Governor’s Trophy
BEST SOUTH AUSTRALIAN WHITE WINE IN SHOW
Penfolds Wines Pty Ltd Penfolds Cellar Reserve Polish Hill River Riesling 2023
The Governor’s Trophy
BEST SOUTH AUSTRALIAN RED WINE IN SHOW
Jim Barry Wines Barry and Sons Cabernet 2021
The Gramp, Hardy, Hill-Smith Prize
NATIONAL WINE OF PROVENANCE
Brokenwood Wines Indigo Vineyard Chardonnay 2012, 2016, 2022
The F. Miller & Co. Prize
WINEMAKER OF THE NATIONAL WINE OF PROVENANCE
The TAFE SA Trophy
CHAMPION SPIRIT OF SHOW
St Agnes Distiller St Agnes XO, Distilled
The Affinity Labs Trophy
BEST RIESLING IN SHOW
Penfolds Wines Pty Ltd., Penfolds Cellar Reserve Polish Hill River Riesling 2023
The Seguin Moreau Trophy
BEST CHARDONNAY IN SHOW
Stella Bella Wines, Luminosa Chardonnay 2022
The Finlaysons Trophy
BEST SEMILLON IN SHOW
Brokenwood Wines, ILR Reserve Semillon 2017
The BDO Trophy
BEST DRY WHITE BLEND IN SHOW
Deep Woods Estate, Deep Woods Ivory Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2023
The Arkaba Cellars Trophy
BEST SAUVIGNON BLANC IN SHOW
Grant Burge Wines, Grant Burge Pearl Sauvignon Blanc 2023
The Programmed Property Services Trophy
BEST OTHER VARIETAL WHITE IN SHOW
Zerella Wines, Zerella Wines La Gita 2023
The Braud Australia Trophy
BEST SWEET WHITE TABLE WINE IN SHOW
De Bortoli Wines, Noble One 2021
The Piper Alderman Trophy
BEST ROSE IN SHOW
Seppeltsfield Wines Pty Ltd, Barossa Grenache Rose 2023
The Hurtle and Norman Walker Trophy
BEST SPARKLING WINE IN SHOW
Printhie Wines, Swift 2015 Vintage 2015
The Lallemand Australia Trophy
BEST PINOT NOIR IN SHOW
Lowestoft Estate Tasmania, Lowestoft La Maison Pinot Noir2022
The Tilbrook Rasheed Trophy
BEST GRENACHE IN SHOW
Kilikanoon, Prodigal Grenache 2021
The Radoux Australia Trophy
BEST OTHER RED BLEND IN SHOW
Yarra Yering, Yarra Yering Dry Red Wine No. 3 2021
The Wine Communicators Of Australia, SA Chapter Trophy
BEST SHIRAZ IN SHOW
Evans & Tate, Redbrook Estate Shiraz 2019
The Professor AJ Perkins Trophy
BEST CABERNET SAUVIGNON IN SHOW
Jim Barry Wines, Barry and Sons Cabernet 2021
The Karl Seppelt AO Trophy
BEST OTHER VARIETAL RED IN SHOW
Bleasdale Vineyards, Bleasdale Tempranillo 2022
The Orora Closures Trophy
BEST SHIRAZ 2020 VINTAGE AND OLDER
Evans & Tate, Redbrook Estate Shiraz 2019
The Doreau Australia Trophy
BEST SHIRAZ 2021 VINTAGE AND YOUNGER
Chaffey Bros. Wine Co, Omnia Nova Syrah 2022
The Dr Ray Beckwith OAM Memorial Trophy
BEST TRADITIONAL AUSTRALIAN RED BLEND IN SHOW
Wolf Blass Wines Pty Ltd, Wolf Blass Aldi Shiraz Cabernet 2022
The John Fornachon Memorial Trophy
BEST APERA, TOPAQUE, MUSCAT OR SWEET WHITE IN SHOW
Casella Family Brands, Morris Wines Old Premium Rare Muscat 20 years
The InDaily Trophy
BEST AUSTRALIAN VINTAGE, TAWNY OR RUBY IN SHOW
Seppeltsfield Wines Pty Ltd Para Rare Tawny, Blend
The MemLo Trophy
Best Reduced Alcohol Wine in Show
The Quest King William South Trophy Champion Vodka
White Light Beverages, White Light Vodka Original, Distilled
The Show Society Foundation Trophy Champion Rum
Mad Monkey Distillery Pure Single Rum – Ex Tawny Cask, Distilled
The Cospak Trophy Champion Other Spirit
Tiny Friday Social Tiny Friday Pisco, Distilled
The R.G (Bob) Hardy Trophy Champion Brandy
St Agnes Distillery St Agnes XO, Distilled
The Bitani Australia Trophy Champion Whisky
Tin Shed Distilling Iniquity Single Malt Whisky Silver Label Batch 23, Distilled, 2-5 Years Old
The Multi-colour Corporation Trophy Champion Gin
Prohibition Liquor Co. Prohibition Liquor Co. Juniperus Gin, Distilled
The Tarac Technologies Trophy Champion Small Batch
Webb Spirit Co. Original Australian Dry Gin, Distilled
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