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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  • 23 Feb is Open that Bottle Night 2019. We have kick started and opened our reserve Cabernet Sauvignon!.. Come down and try some! What will you be opening?

#balnavesofcoonawarra #OTBN #winelovers #cabernet #coonawarra
  • Happy Thursday! 
Enjoy those Am and Pm drinks!

#balnavesofcoonawarra #thursday #coonawarra #wine #ampm
  • Happy Wine-nes-day!

#balnavesofcoonawarra #humpday #wdw #winewednesday #coonawarra
  • Raise your glasses for Daniel Redman who was involved with the making of the William Wilson for making it into the top 50 young guns in wine! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #redmanwine #williamwilson #coonawarra
  • We are in LOVE with the new vintage Cabernet Sauvignon.  Have you tried it yet? @balnaves_of_coonawarra @coonawarra_wine #balnavesofcoonawarra #cabernetsauvignon #coonawarra
  • Happy Valentines day to all our wine lovers! 😍💕
We LOVE you. 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #valentinesday #lovers #wine #coonawarra
  • Meet our team [The A Team] 
This is our lovely Heidi, who we are fortunate enough to have on our team. Heidi has been with us for nearly 2 years and is our whole sale representative for the limestone coast. Heidi has a lot of experience working with wine and is very enthusiastic about it. She cant wait to meet you in our beautiful cellar door. 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #meetourteam #wineroom #cellardoor #seesa
  • Vintage '19 is just around the corner.. our Cabernet Grapes are looking the goods! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #cabernetsauvignon #vintage #v19 #coonawarra #wine #grapes
  • Good luck to the first Penola womens football team, and former employee, Will Clayfield who will be coaching the girls! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #pfc #goeags #womensfootball #limestonecoast #southeast
  • We are open!  Pop down and see Kerry and Laura for a wine tasting!

#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #seesa #open #cellardoor #wineroom #weekend #winetasting
  • Happening today in Naracoorte.. Come and see Amber from 2pm at the 36° South tent, we will be pairing some amazing wine with some incredible food! See you then! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #limestonecoast #36°south #tastefestival #weekend
  • Thank you so much to @aussie_family_adventures for visiting our cellar door! Was a pleasure to meet you! 🍷🤗 #balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #cellardoor

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