Boutique Vigneron Millie Vandeleur in her family vineyard Bellevue Estate in McLaren Vale.
A few years after the commencement of the Association of Australian Boutique Winemakers and industry acceptance of these awards we realized that the small producers who ‘go it alone’ should be recognized with a dedicated trophy – Estate Grown and Produced. The announcement of this trophy along with the other trophies will be made this year at the Presentation lunch in Sydney on 4 September
Many boutique winemakers have outside help. Some buy in fruit from other growers, some send their juice to production houses and some hire in specialist contractors. Some do none of that and they carry out all of the processes within their own farmyard gate by their owners in many cases mum, dad and the kids. It is these winemakers who we recognize for their efforts and achievements.
Awards Chairman Huon Hooke supports this recognition as being a most important function of the Boutique Wine Awards “A large number of boutique wines are produced by owners who either don’t have a winery or don’t own vines. Some don’t have either. Our “best estate grown and produced” trophy recognises those who go the full monty: they grow the grapes, make the wine and can rightly claim to be vignerons – to use the old French expression. This requires great personal commitment and financial investment. We reserve a special respect for these people. This award is the mark of that respect”.