Paracombe Vineyard and Winery is the star of this year’s Adelaide Hills Wine Show, winning the Wine Show Committee Award of Recognition to cap off an exciting thirtieth birthday year. The Committee Award recognises not just Wine Show success but also service to the region, community spirit, drive and dedication.
Paul and Kathy Drogemuller first established their Paracombe vineyards, with no viticultural or winemaking experience, after buying a dairy farming property that had been destroyed in the 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfires. Earlier this year, Paracombe’s 2010 The Reuben Cabernet blend was named The Advertiser’s Top 100 Wine of the Year. Today, the Drogemullers collected the Committee Award along with Best Riesling in Show at the awards lunch at Mount Lofty House.
Paracombe Wine Maker Paul Drogemuller paid tribute to the region in receiving the trophy. “I carry this for each and every one of us in this room as a proud Adelaide Hills wine grape grower,” Paul said.
“It is 30 years since we started, but may there be many more years and many more success stories; I feel so proud to be an Adelaide Hills resident and wine has just been an interesting and good fun part of the journey.”
Best Wine in Show went to Lobethal Road – another family owned business – for their 2012 Bacchant Chardonnay, with best Shiraz going to small Hahndorf producer Stable Hill.
Dan Buckle from Domaine Chandon was Chairman of this year’s Judging Panel. “I’m hugely impressed with the overall quality here in the Adelaide Hills – it’s clearly a very professional group of winemakers,” Dan said.
“The Chardonnay in particular was a real pleasure to judge and the Shiraz also showed really nice diversity. “I would also say there’s some very interesting new varieties like Fiano, Nebbiolo and Tempranillo.”