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LandCare Grant awarded to MRW region 2013-2014

artpik001We are proud to announce that the MRVA has been awarded a Landcare grant for two projects.The first workshop was held in October 2013. Collection of vineyard information from participants is in progress and a further workshop is planned for August 2014.

The project aims to deliver practical strategies and resources to support vineyard Integrated Pest Management and Vine Nutrition in the Macedon Ranges.

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Macedon micro-producer wins back-to-back gold

Press release:  2007 Pegeric Pinot Noir wins back-to-back gold
7 November, 2013

2007 PEGERIC Pinot Noir has won Gold for the second consecutive year in the Peking Duck Wine and Food pairing category at the 2013 Cathay Pacific International Wine and Spirit Competition, announced in Hong Kong on Thursday November 7th.

This year there were only 5 Gold medals awarded worldwide in the Peking Duck category. In 2012, only a single Gold medal was awarded in the Peking Duck category, which was also won by PEGERIC Pinot Noir.

In the 2013 competition, the 2007 PEGERIC also won 3 Silver and 2 Bronze medals.

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Kyneton Agricultural Society Wine Show

Jennifer Lawrie-Smith
Coordinator, Kyneton Wine Show
Phone: 03 5423 4213


The Kyneton Agricultural Society's Wine Show was held last Saturday and I'm delighted to say it was a wonderful event! From a personal perspective, it was the first time I'd ever been to a Wine Show, let alone organised one, so I'm doubly pleased that it all went so well!

I'd like to thank the sponsors whose input really assisted our efforts; the Chief Steward, Sandra Aitken, for her invaluable expertise, advice and assistance; my "Stylist", Sue MacCallum, and Wendy McWade for the inspiration and help with the rustic, raggy decorations which will also now feature at the Show; photographer, Hayden Charles ( and husband, John, for being my "General Gopher". Without their help the event wouldn't have been nearly as successful!

The judges, Chris Smales from Blue Pyrenees Estate, John Harris from Mitchell Harris Wines, and Scott Gerrard from Glenlofty Wines, deliberated over 94 entries and found many of the wines so close in quality and other characteristics that separating them was difficult. As an Agricultural Show event, sashes were to be awarded in 9 Classes. In addition, if quality were evident, medals would be awarded. We were thrilled that so much quality was found and medals were awarded: this augurs very well for next year's show!

All results - ribbons and medals - will be on the Show website soon.

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Wine Trophies a plenty at MRW Exhibition

The 2013 Macedon Ranges Wine (MRW) Exhibition dinner held on 4th October 2013, at Cope-Williams winery, attended by 112 guests. MC was John Ellis of Hanging Rock Winery. 120 wine entries were judged this year, similar number to last year.

Judges were: Jeremy Dineen (Josef Chromy Wines, Tasmania) Ulrich Grey- Smith (Free Lance Vintage & Consultant Winemaker with Treasury Wine Estates), Lisa Jenkins (Manager, The City Wine Shop), Chief Steward: Robert Ellis (Hanging Rock Winery) Chief Associate Judge: Matt Harrop (Shadowfax Winery)

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Gisborne Peak Winery named in Top 10 Cellar Doors

The Age Good Food GuideGisborne Peak Winery is delighted and honoured to be named in the Top 10 Cellar Doors in Victoria in the newly released Age Good Food Guide 2014

The Age Good Food Guide is considered to be the 'foodies bible' and is a wealth of information for all gourmet food and wine lovers.

Owners Bob and Barbara Nixon have worked hard over the past 13 years to position the vineyard and cellar door to become a well known tourism attraction in the Macedon Ranges drawing visitors from Melbourne and surrounds, interstate and international.  As well, the cellar door is much loved by locals who appreciate the warm and welcoming atmosphere, the friendly staff, the array of cellar door foods to match the estate grown wines and the innovative marketing and special events the winery conducts both on and off-site.

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