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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#Repost @grapesofmirth
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Coonawarra, we love you! You’re like no other wine region - one big happy (possibly dysfunctional) family. To prove it, at our January event, we have not one, but twelve wine producers pouring their amazing wines!
There would be no show without these wonderfully funny people @dilrukj @dave_thorno @calbowilson @thefionaoloughlin @nathvalvo @merrickwatts
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Thank you to our wine peeps @coonawarra_wine @rymillwinery @raidisestate @majellawines @hollickestates @penleyestate @balnaves_of_coonawarra @brandslaira @digiorgiofamilywines @patrickofcoonawarra @blok_coonawarra @koonara @whistlepostwines
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  • We’ve been popping corks here at Balnaves’s getting into the Christmas spirit 🎄🍷#balnavesofcoonawarra #seesa #christmas #cellardoor #coonawarra
  • Happy Friday! Have a great day!

#balnavesofcoonawarra #friday #vibes #nearlytheweekend
  • Opal the Labrador and little Maisey, enjoyed frolicking by the pond whilst their owners enjoyed a picnic box and a glass of wine on the lawn. We can’t wait to meet you and your four legged friends soon! ... Maybe even a treat for the well behaved pooch! 🐶 🍷 🧀 #balnavesofcoonawarra #dogfriendly #cellardoor #coonawarra #seesa
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  • Have you tried our 2015 The Blend? The ONLY wine in Coonawarra to feature in James Halliday's Top 100 wines! Why not come and try some today.. #balnavesofcoonawarra #theblend #coonawarra #jameshalliday #top100wines
  • Miss Tilly checking out the bunch counts in the lovely sun shine! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #jackrussell #winery #bunchcounts
  • Beautiful views here at Balnaves! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #summer #seesa
  • Be sure to pop in today for a wine tasting, and why not get a picnic box and glass of wine to enjoy on the deck or on the grass! See you from 11:30am

#balnavesofcoonawarra #openinghours #cellardoor #coonawarra #saturdayvibes #weekend #winetasting
  • Its time for wine, have a great Friday night from the Balnaves team! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #timeforwine #fridaynightvibes #weekendishere #coonawarra #seesa #wine
  • We would love to see your photos from your visit here.. Please give us a hashtag in your next picture! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #cellardoor #coonawarra #winesa
  • Tickets are on sale now! 
Wine, friends & comedy - a perfect combination to a guaranteed great day out in Coonawarra! 
#Repost @grapesofmirth
・・・
Coonawarra, we love you! You’re like no other wine region - one big happy (possibly dysfunctional) family. To prove it, at our January event, we have not one, but twelve wine producers pouring their amazing wines!
There would be no show without these wonderfully funny people @dilrukj @dave_thorno @calbowilson @thefionaoloughlin @nathvalvo @merrickwatts
.
Tickets on sale tomorrow at 9am - Link in Bio
.
Thank you to our wine peeps @coonawarra_wine @rymillwinery @raidisestate @majellawines @hollickestates @penleyestate @balnaves_of_coonawarra @brandslaira @digiorgiofamilywines @patrickofcoonawarra @blok_coonawarra @koonara @whistlepostwines
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#grapesofmirth #comedy #standupcomedy #wine #coonawarra #coonawarrawine #limestonecoast #penola #drinkeatlaugh #winetourism #wineaustralia
  • Remember when visiting our amazing cellar door to check-in!

#balnavesofcoonawarra #checkin #coonawarra #balnaves #cellardoor #seesa
  • We’ve been popping corks here at Balnaves’s getting into the Christmas spirit 🎄🍷#balnavesofcoonawarra #seesa #christmas #cellardoor #coonawarra
  • Happy Friday! Have a great day!

#balnavesofcoonawarra #friday #vibes #nearlytheweekend
  • Opal the Labrador and little Maisey, enjoyed frolicking by the pond whilst their owners enjoyed a picnic box and a glass of wine on the lawn. We can’t wait to meet you and your four legged friends soon! ... Maybe even a treat for the well behaved pooch! 🐶 🍷 🧀 #balnavesofcoonawarra #dogfriendly #cellardoor #coonawarra #seesa
  • We would love to see you today, we are open 11:30am - 4:30pm!

#balnavesofcoonawarra #winetasting #coonawarra #wine #cellardoor #weekendvibes #seeyouthere

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