WESTERN Australian premium wine was showcased at an annual tasting event, held in the grand surroundings of the Australian High Commission\u2019s Exhibition Hall last week. Around 120 guests gathered as part of Western Australia Day celebrations. For the fourth year running, a selection of the state\u2019s wine producers hosted tasting tables, giving the London crowd the opportunity to sample the latest offerings from across different regions and varying grape varieties. In his address, Western Australian Agent General, Kevin Skipworth highlighted the phenomenal evolution of the state\u2019s winemaking industry. \u201cWith the arrival of Thomas Walters, a botanist and First Fleet settler, grape wine cuttings from Cape Town were introduced to Western Australia. \u201cHaving collected them from the fleet\u2019s stopover for supplies in Cape Town \u2014 Thomas later planted the cuttings near Guildford on the banks of the Swan River \u2014 first crush 1834 \u2014 and WA\u2019s wine production has been increasing ever since,\u201d Mr Skipworth said. Accounting for 30 per cent of the nation\u2019s premium wine production and around 400 wine producers across the state, Western Australian wines represent a multi-million dollar industry. \u201cWA premium wines have won awards in just about every country that holds a wine show, highlighting the quality of the wines produced\u00a0 - WA holding its own against other, old and new world producing nations,\u201d Mr Skipworth said. 25 wine producers were represented at the event, including Arlewood, Cullen and Haughton.