Pete Bissell wins Winemaker of the Year Award!

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The Cabernet Sauvignon was flowing as our winemaker Pete Bissell celebrated being named Winemaker of the Year by the prestigious Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO). Pete was described by the ASVO as a “quiet achiever who has been a champion of the wine industry and of Coonawarra for many years”.

“Pete has been a keen innovator both in the winery and the vineyard and is eager to share his knowledge,” Wendy Cameron, Chair of the ASVO award selection committee said.

“He has also been involved with the development and commercialisation of berry sorting equipment that provides considerable cost advantages. These qualities encapsulate the ASVO Winemaker of the Year Award.”

Our business Manager Kirsty Balnaves was also named as a finalist in the Australian Women in Wine Owner-Operator of the Year Awards this week. The award recognises “the ladies who run the show”– wine business owners or operators who have made an outstanding contribution to their business in the Australian wine industry.

Kirsty, who joined the family company in 1990, oversees the financial aspects of vineyard management and contracting, winery contracting and making and selling Balnaves of Coonawarra wines. She’s a current member of the South Australian Wine Industry Association Executive Committee, has been a member of the Coonawarra Vigneron’s Association Executive for 15 years and is actively involved in the Coonawarra community.

“It’s a very full life,” Kirsty said. “I also run our home property with partner Will and our two daughters, I have a reviving horse riding interest and am training for the next Tough Mudder running event. The wins have capped off a bitter-sweet year,” Kirsty said. “My mother Annette who was a Director of the business and a tireless worker for the Coonawarra region passed away in July.

“It’s sad she’s not here to raise a glass with us, but I know she would be very proud.

“It also follows the success of our joint project with Redmans, the commemorative William Wilson Cabernet Shiraz, which has been acclaimed by wine writers and the wine trade.”

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  • A massive THANKS to our energizer bunny/cellar hand, Max for all your work here at Balnaves of Coonawarra. We wish you all the best on your next adventure! 🍷 
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  • BRISBANE you’re up next.. we can’t wait to see you Sunday! 🍷☀️ #balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #coonawarraroadshow
  • SYDNEY you were great, thank you all for coming to Roadshow and trying our wines.. Brisbane, you’re up next! 🍷🍷😍 #coonawarra #coonawarraroadshow @coonawarra_wine #balnavesofcoonawarra #balnavesontour
  • SYDNEY friends, we are jumping for joy to be here! We can’t wait to see you all at the Town Hall Friday night! 🙌

#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarraroadshow #sydney
  • Sydney Roadshow here we come!! See you Friday night at the Sydney Town Hall. 🍷 
#balnavesofcoonawarra @coonawarra_wine #coonawarraroadshow #sydney
  • MELBOURNE FRIENDS 
See you tonight for roadshow at the Docklands 🍷🌟 #coonawarra #coonawarraroadshow #melbourne
  • Last two dozen left of the 2015 Blend, GET IN QUICK! 🍷 
#balnavesofcoonawarra
  • We are now up to the last of our 2015 Blend! 
94 points from Halliday 
Only Coonawarra wine to get into Halliday’s top 100 
And it’s only $19

GET IN QUICK! Don’t miss out.. #balnavesofcoonawarra
  • The results are in for another year! 🍷🍾🥂
Rated a 5 star winery for the 18th consecutive year. Well done to our talented wine making team! #jameshalliday #5stars #2020winecompanion #balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra
  • We love what we do.. #balnavesofcoonawarra #jameshalliday #5star #coonawarra #wine
  • Melbourne friends, have you got your tickets? 
#coonawarra #roadshow #balnavesofcoonawarra
  • Have a 'swirl' of a day! 
Dont forget to pop into our wine room for a tasting! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #weekenedvibes #wineroom #winetasting

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  • A massive THANKS to our energizer bunny/cellar hand, Max for all your work here at Balnaves of Coonawarra. We wish you all the best on your next adventure! 🍷 
#balnavesofcoonawarra
  • BRISBANE you’re up next.. we can’t wait to see you Sunday! 🍷☀️ #balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #coonawarraroadshow
  • SYDNEY you were great, thank you all for coming to Roadshow and trying our wines.. Brisbane, you’re up next! 🍷🍷😍 #coonawarra #coonawarraroadshow @coonawarra_wine #balnavesofcoonawarra #balnavesontour
  • SYDNEY friends, we are jumping for joy to be here! We can’t wait to see you all at the Town Hall Friday night! 🙌

#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarraroadshow #sydney
  • Sydney Roadshow here we come!! See you Friday night at the Sydney Town Hall. 🍷 
#balnavesofcoonawarra @coonawarra_wine #coonawarraroadshow #sydney
  • MELBOURNE FRIENDS 
See you tonight for roadshow at the Docklands 🍷🌟 #coonawarra #coonawarraroadshow #melbourne
  • Last two dozen left of the 2015 Blend, GET IN QUICK! 🍷 
#balnavesofcoonawarra
  • We are now up to the last of our 2015 Blend! 
94 points from Halliday 
Only Coonawarra wine to get into Halliday’s top 100 
And it’s only $19

GET IN QUICK! Don’t miss out.. #balnavesofcoonawarra
  • The results are in for another year! 🍷🍾🥂
Rated a 5 star winery for the 18th consecutive year. Well done to our talented wine making team! #jameshalliday #5stars #2020winecompanion #balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra
  • We love what we do.. #balnavesofcoonawarra #jameshalliday #5star #coonawarra #wine
  • Melbourne friends, have you got your tickets? 
#coonawarra #roadshow #balnavesofcoonawarra
  • Have a 'swirl' of a day! 
Dont forget to pop into our wine room for a tasting! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #weekenedvibes #wineroom #winetasting

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