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Balnaves wins wine award

Published:  23 July, 2008

The winemaker at top Coonawarra estate Balnaves, Pete Bissel, has won the Qantas/Gourmet Traveller WINE Winemaker of the Year Award.

Chairman of judges Peter Forrestal said: His scientific approach to winemaking, and his need to understand the impact that each season has on each section of the vineyard, ensures that each of the wines he makes is imbued with a strong sense of place.' Bissel has been working with Balnaves for 15 years.

The award for the best emerging winemaker went to Fran Austin, winemaker/general manager of Bay of Fires Winery in Tasmania. Austin commented: This is undoubtedly the highlight of my career to date.'