MARGARET River Wine Show has retained Australia’s largest wine retailer, Dan Murphy’s, as its naming rights partner for this year’s show and well-respected national and international judge Iain Riggs will be back for a third year.
As chairman of judges he will head a team that includes two international judges, Steven Spurrier from the UK and Lisa Perrotti-Brown from Hong Kong. They will be joined by returning judges Kim Bickley (Hilton Sydney and Glass Brasserie), wine writer Jane Faulkner, independent winemaker Dave Longden and Houghton’s winemaker Ross Pamment.
New Australian judges this year will be Wynn’s winemaker Sue Hodder and wine retailer Richard Moore.
Margaret River Wine Industry Association wine show chairman, Stuart Watson of Woodlands Wines, welcomed Dan Murphy’s return as naming rights partner.
“Dan Murphy’s and Margaret River are a strong partnership as we are both operated by people who are passionate about quality, reputation and service.
“With their Australia-wide reach, and Margaret River being a truly regional wine show, it is a great fit for our wines, the region, and the many labels of Margaret River,” Mr Watson said.
Judging takes place on November 27 and 28 at Curtin University’s Margaret River Education Campus.
Exhibitor tasting will be in the morning on Thursday, November 29, with the awards dinner that evening at Vasse Felix.
Exhibitor schedules can be found at www.margaretriverwine南京夜网.au.
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Mr Watson said strategic planning is already underway for future wine shows to ensure Margaret River maintains its status as a premier world wine destination.
The association is trying to co-ordinate next year’s annual wine show awards dinner and presentation evening with the second Margaret River Gourmet Escape event.
n The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics and Department of Agriculture and Food WA figures show increased international interest in Australian wines, particularly WA wines, in the 2011-12 financial year.
WA wine exports increased by more than 736,000 litres last financial year and were valued at $43.8million, an increase of 27 per cent from the previous year.
The value of exports also grew, from $4.83 to $5.55 per litre, compared to the national value of $2.59 a litre.
China is now the state’s biggest wine customer, importing more than one million litres in 2011-12, closely followed by the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore and the US. Other markets like Japan, South Korea and even France have also seen growth, the figures show.
Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman said WA wine exports were on track to double in the next two years.
“The International Wine Marketing Plan, developed by the state’s wine industry associations in partnership with the Department of Agriculture and Food, has arrested the decline in wine exports,” he said. ““Given the high value of the Australian dollar and the impact of the global financial crisis in Europe and the US, this is a great result.”
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