The Bragato Wine Awards, held each year as part of the New Zealand Winegrowers Romeo Bragato National Conference, are awarded to the grower for viticultural excellence. The competition recognises that growing excellent grapes is the foundation of making wines of true quality. The Trophies were presented at the Bragato Dinner in Hawke’s Bay on 27 August.
Blackenbrook Vineyard won a gold medal and the trophy for best Gewurztraminer, which is the fifth "best in wine in class' award at a national competition for the family-owned and run vineyard which specialises in aromatic wines. Winemaker Daniel Schwarzenbach said "accolades such as the Bragato trophy tell us that we are achieving something really special here." Ursula Schwarzenbach said achieving another national award was a very proud moment for a small vineyard in a very competitive industry.
Brightwater Vineyards 2014 Nelson Pinot Noir has also been awarded a Pure Gold Medal, which follows on from the Gold Medal the same wine received at the Spiegelau International Wine Competition in July.
"We are especially pleased with these results" said Gary Neale of Brightwater Vineyards. "This wine has only been entered into two shows and has won Gold both times". This now means that Brightwater Vineyards has been awarded Gold Medals at the Bragato Wine Awards every year for the last 6 years. "That's what we strive for" said Gary, "consistent, reliable quality from vintage to vintage".
Other Nelson wines were recognised with medals - Waimea Estates, Sea Level, Falcon Ridge, Seifried Estate, Kahurangi Estate, Kina Cliffs, Ruby Bay Vineyard, Kaimira, Richmond Plains, Aronui, and Mahana Estates.
To read the full list of results please click here.