Media Releases

31 October 2016


Well-known McLaren Vale winemaker and industry icon, Steve Pannell of S.C. Pannell Wines, has been recrowned as the 2016 Bushing King - his second consecutive win of the region’s top award in the McLaren Vale Wine Show.

The prestigious title was awarded at the 52nd annual MGA Insurance McLaren Vale Winemakers Bushing Lunch held at Serafino Wines.

The 2015 S.C. Pannell Touriga Cabernet Mataro was the highest scoring wine of the 2016 Wine Show as judged by an impressive panel of international and Australian judges including Adam Dromi, The Wine House LA, Dave Bicknell, Chief Winemaker Oakridge Estate and David Le Mire MW of Shaw & Smith.

2016 Chair of Judges, Jim Chatto has praised the emerging varietals of the region, with the brief to his judging team a simple directive.

“My brief to the judges was simple: “look for delicious regional wines of natural fruit character, balance and harmony, regardless of variety and/or style. Look for wines which complement the place, the cuisine, and the lifestyle; that is McLaren Vale,” said Mr Chatto.

“Every time I visit McLaren vale I am blown away by the enthusiasm & energy throughout industry. McLaren Vale is easily one of the most dynamic and exciting wine regions in Australia today.”

This year’s McLaren Vale Wine Show received 728 entries from 102 producers, with gold medals being awarded to 34 different producers.

Grenache dominant blends were the one of the strongest classes of the 2016 Wine Show, with a large portion of the gold medal wines awarded in the varietal class, reinforcing McLaren Vale’s declaration as Australia’s leading Grenache producing region.

Jennifer Lynch, McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association General Manager is pleased the annual Wine Show continues to be recognised as the premier regional wine show in Australia.

“The McLaren Vale Wine Show showcases not just the premium wines of the region, but the unique people and their stories too.”

“Acting as a vehicle to champion our regional varietal heroes – The Bushing Lunch is the perfect culmination to celebrate the fantastic food and wine culture McLaren Vale is renowned for.”

All gold medal winning wines will be available for the public to taste at the ‘McLaren Vale Gold Medals meet Leigh Street’ open air event on Friday 11 November.

For only $20, Adelaide’s wine lovers will have the unique opportunity to taste the best of the McLaren Vale Wine Show, meet the winemakers and to savour our region’s diverse wine styles.

Full Wine Show results can be found here.



2016 Wine Show Dinner Series and Events:

2KW Dinner and Leigh Street Tasting tickets can be purchased online:

History of the Bushing Trophy and Lunch can be found here:

Media Enquiries:

Lucy Gosling, Marketing and Communications, MVGWTA
P: +61 8 8323 8999, E:

12 September 2016

Friday September 16 is ‘International Grenache Day’, and to celebrate one of McLaren Vale’s most iconic varietals, our region’s producers are gearing up to celebrate the diversity and heritage of the grape with a range of exciting events.

A group of 12 McLaren Vale producers will prepare their best Grenache for battle at The Ed Cellars on Saturday September 17, where they are set to go head-to-head with their Barossa Valley counterparts at the annual Grenache Cup event.

The Grenache Cup judging includes a panel of esteemed wine industry notables undertaking a blind tasting of Grenache varietals and blends from both regions. The general public are also invited to attend, taste and vote for their favourites.

Cellar Manager Margot Muir is looking forward to the annual competition.

“The Edinburgh Cellars continues to beat the drum for this once misunderstood and underrated variety which has made its home in both McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley.   We love its youthful drinkability, fruit-forwardness and spice and then those compelling savoury elements with a myriad of layers, textures and depth that can come with age,” said Ms Muir.

McLaren Vale producers banding together to take on the Barossa include Cradle of Hills, Vinrock Wines, d'Arenberg, Patritti, Yangarra Estate Vineyard, Jericho, Dabblebrook, Willunga 100, Dodgy Bros, Marmont, Maxwell Wines and Caught Redhanded.

In McLaren Vale, Serafino Wines will celebrate the occasion from 4-7pm on Friday 16th September with a free community ‘open tasting’ for Grenache lovers, with special guest James Halliday.

Serafino CEO Maria Maglieri believes the event is a great opportunity to celebrate the heritage of the varietal within the region.

“International Grenache Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the generational heritage of Grenache – grown in our region since 1918,” said Ms Maglieri.

“Our event will compare the diversity of Grenache by origin, micro-climate, viticultural and sustainable practices and winemaking style – with the industry advocate of Grenache himself, James Halliday in attendance.”

Kay Brothers Amery will host complimentary tasting flights of four of their Grenache wines at their cellar door on the special date.  The flight will include the newly released 2016 Kay Brothers Grenache Rosé, 2015 Basket Pressed Grenache, 2014 Basket Pressed Grenache and back vintage 2010 Basket Pressed Grenache.

Further up the road at McLaren Flat, Beresford Estate will be celebrating across the weekend with an educational tasting experience to include three styles of Grenache matched to a regional tasting plate created by Adelaide foodie, Bree May.

McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association General Manager, Jennifer Lynch credits the increasing popularity of the varietal with the diversity of the region’s vineyards and international reputation.

“Grenache is a key red grape variety for McLaren Vale, both in terms of our history and production. South Australia's viticultural origins began in McLaren Vale and our region's Mediterranean climate continues to drive our region's wine style and diverse food culture,” said Ms Lynch.

“McLaren Vale excels in the production of ultra-premium Grenache, reinforcing our region’s identity as a leader in premium, sustainable growing practices.”


For more information about the Grenache Cup at the Ed Cellars, click here  

For more information on the Serafino event, click here

For more information on the Beresford tasting flight and to book, contact Beresford cellar door, (08) 8383 0362


Media Enquiries:

Lucy Gosling, Marketing and Communications, MVGWTA
P: +61 8 8323 8999, E:

22 July 2016

McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association (MVGWTA) is excited to unveil and share our new website, with a striking new look and enhanced user-navigation experience.

Thanks to the support of the State Government, through Primary Industries Regions South Australia (PIRSA), MVGWTA has developed and delivered an updated and fully integrated database and website – communications infrastructure which MVGWTA did not have previously.

Over the last twelve months, MVGWTA has worked with Nick Nack Creative Agency and Blis Web Agency to develop a new website that is engaging, flexible and responsive for both the tourism visitor and the Association’s 600+ Members.

Intuitive database management software has been integrated into the build of the new site, increasing the capability to segment audiences for the dissemination of industry information and facilitating the optimisation of individual Members business data to populate the visitors page.

MVGWTA General Manager, Jennifer Lynch is looking forward to seeing an increase in engagement between the two different channels of website users; visitors and Members.

“This new digital infrastructure will enable MVGWTA to communicate effectively and efficiently with two audiences – Members and Visitors – thereby demonstrating and delivering value to our Members’ business and ultimately, Brand McLaren Vale as a region,” said Ms Lynch.

“The imagery illustrates the diverse experiences and premium offering of our region, and our Members have greater autonomy in how they utilise the site to promote their events and business offering to visitors, as well as their interaction with peers through a ‘Member’s only’ portal and dashboard.

“McLaren Vale and its many businesses are now even better positioned to market the opportunities and tourism offering both domestically and internationally.

“Phase one of the digital transition is complete, and there are more exciting developments in the pipeline for 2017 – including a ‘build my day’ itinerary planning tool with Social Sharing and ranking functionality.”

Media Enquiries:

Lucy Gosling, Marketing and Communications, MVGWTA
P: +61 8 8323 8999, E:

28 June 2016

McLaren Vale’s Irrigators Council yesterday received a $2.5M commitment from the Coalition to construct a 1200 ML dam for water storage – securing a sustainable irrigation future for our region’s growers.

The announcement held at Torresan Estate bottling facility in McLaren Vale, was attended by The Hon. Steven Ciobo – Minister for Trade and Investment, The Hon. Steven Marshall MP – State Liberal Leader and The Hon. Jamie Briggs MP - Member for Mayo.

The grant has been endorsed by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources – The Hon. Barnaby Joyce and Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources – The Hon. Anne Ruston.

Drier winters and hotter summers are the reality of farming in South Australia and as a consequence, the irrigation requirements of high value and sophisticated viticulture have changed - with a necessity to adapt to constantly changing conditions.

McLaren Vale Irrigators Council Chair, Jock Harvey notes the significant benefits this project will provide the region.

“Demand for winter irrigation and additional water during the growing season are now commonplace – substantially increasing demand for economically and environmentally sustainable irrigation water beyond projected over the last decade,” said Mr Harvey.

“The grant commitment from the Coalition will provide triple bottom line benefits – not only guaranteeing the water security for our grape, wine and tourism industries of McLaren Vale, but also reducing the harmful outflow of reclaimed water to the Gulf of St. Vincent by as well as providing hundreds of jobs during construction.”

McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association General Manager, Jennifer Lynch acknowledges the reliance on sustainable water resources and infrastructure in maintaining the region’s reputation and standing within the Australian wine industry.

“McLaren Vale’s grape growing and winemaking industries are worth in excess of $1bn per year – this winter water storage project will enable sustainable and efficient management of our precious water resources - adding value by increasing grape yields as well as grape quality,” said Ms Lynch.

“This grant funding and project supports our Sustainable Australia Winegrowing program which aims to improve viticultural practices, fruit quality and financial viability in the region, including water management.

“Through securing our region’s water supply, we will ensure the premium identity McLaren Vale has established over generations of winemaking is not only maintained, but further enhanced.

Media Enquiries:

Lucy Gosling, Marketing and Communications, MVGWTA
P: +61 8 8323 8999, E:

03 March 2016

McLaren Vale’s exciting 2016 vintage is now drawing to an end, with the region’s vineyards now ready for pruning.

The 2016 vintage was heralded by many as ‘one of the greatest vintages in McLaren Vale’s history,’ with reports from winemakers and grape grower’s alike building an exciting anticipation in the lead up to the flurry of activity through the months of February, March and April.

Richard Angove, Chief Winemaker and Managing Director of Angove Wines confirmed the predicted quality.

“2016 may well go down as one of the great vintages in recent memory. Vines were well balanced, crop levels were good, colour and flavour fantastic. Shiraz parcels look exceptional with vibrancy and vivid colour, Grenache is showing amazing perfume and finesse,” said Mr Angove.

Warm days and cool nights throughout vintage provided the ideal environment for the later parts of the ripening period, with Kay Brothers Winemaker Duncan Kennedy attributing the region’s mild weather conditions to flavour development.

“Mild weather during the final ripening period provided ideal conditions for full flavour development, and the wines are highly aromatic with gentle acidity and moderate alcohol levels,” said Mr Kennedy.

With higher than average yields across the region’s vineyards, Scott Zrna, Senior Winemaker from Fox Creek, observing a purity of fruit, translating to elegant tannins.

“Early indications are a great quality vintage even with the slightly higher than average cropping levels, the 2016 wines already exhibit purity of fruit flavours with a beautiful line of (what will be) fine elegant tannin,” said Mr Zrna.

The 2016 vintage saw McLaren Vale’s wine industry feeling confident and eager with the region’s reputation for producing premium full bodied red wines continuing with increasing quantities of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache.

Renewed enthusiasm also stems from the success of re-emerging Mediterranean varietals including Sangiovese, Tempranillo and Roussanne – all very well suited to the growing conditions of the region.

McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association General Manager, Jennifer Lynch, looks forward to the wines made from this vintage, reaffirming the regions position as a premier leader in wine production and tourism.

“The reports about the current vintage and fruit quality, coupled with the announcement of Adelaide’s inclusion in the internationally renowned Great Wine Capitals of the World network, not only enhances the narrative of our States ‘wine story’, but also strengthens our global reputation for premium food and wine tourism,” Ms Lynch said.

“It’s an exciting time for our region.”

Media Enquiries:

Lucy Gosling, Marketing and Communications, MVGWTA
P: +61 8 8323 8999, E:

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