Having won the title in 2009, 2011 and 2012, McGuigan saw off competition from France, Spain, Italy, Germany and the US to become the first winemaker in the world – let alone an Australian one – to receive its fourth such award at the 2016 International Wine & Spirits Competition in London.
The win reinforces and enhances Australia’s reputation as a world-class wine producing country.
The winery was also awarded the Australian Producer of the Year title resulting in its being the first winery to win the Australian title four times.
“To be the only winery crowned International Winemaker of the Year four times is extremely humbling,” said Chief Winemaker Neil McGuigan, “I’m immensely proud of this achievement and what this award means for Australia and McGuigan Wines. These awards are as much for the Australian wine industry as they are for us.
“Every time an Australian wine or producer is acknowledged at an international wine competition it puts our products on the map and forces people to sit up and take notice. We continue to be incredibly honoured to represent Australia on the world stage.”
The International Winemaker of the Year and Australian Producer of the Year awards follow McGuigan Wines’ IWSC success in being awarded two trophies from a competition total of 16 were awarded for the 2003 McGuigan BIN 9000 Semillon (Semillon Trophy) and the 2007 McGuigan Hand Made Shiraz (Syrah Trophy). These are available in limited quantities at the McGuigan Cellar Door in the Hunter Valley, NSW. This is the sixth year in a row McGuigan Wines has been awarded the Semillon Trophy.
In total, McGuigan Wines received two Trophies, three Gold Outstanding, one Gold, six Silver Outstanding, 24 Silver and 12 Bronze.
McGuigan Wines are distributed here by Barry & Fitzwilliam.