An Australian producer has been named International Winemaker of the Year at a prestigious awards ceremony in London.
Hunter Valley-based McGuigan Wines took the crown for the third time on Wednesday, having previously won the gong in 2009 and 2011.
A panel of critics awarded 39 medals – nine gold, 22 silver and eight bronze – to the Australian stable for its 39 entries in the 2012 International Wine and Spirits Competition.
“To have won International Winemaker of the Year for the third time in four years is an outstanding result for Australia and the McGuigan brand,” chief winemaker Neil McGuigan said after Wednesday’s award presentation.
“We can now proudly say that we are one of the most awarded wineries in the world.”
The winemaker realised a 17 per cent increase in global volume sales in the 2011/12 financial year.
Winemakers from more than 80 countries entered the 2012 competition. – AAP