A fantastic night, with a great crowd and excellent food and wine to match, the winners of the Australian Society of Viticulture & Oenology 2013 ASVO Awards for Excellence were announced at the ASVO gala dinner on Thursday November 24th at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide.
ASVO President Paul Petrie and the MC Peter Hayes announced the winners who were chosen from a field of Australia’s most innovative viticulturists, winemakers and researchers within the wine sector:
ASVO Viticulturist of the Year – sponsored by Bayer CropScience;
- Ashley Ratcliff (The Yalumba Wine Company)
ASVO Winemaker of the Year – sponsored by Lallemand Australia;
- Louisa Rose (Chief Winemaker, The Yalumba Wine Company)
ASVO Viticulture Paper of the Year – sponsored by the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC);
- Dr Lance Cadle-Davidson (Grape Genetics Research Unit, Cornell University, Geneva, NY, USA)
ASVO Oenology Paper of the Year – sponsored by the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC);
- Dr Erick Casalta (INRA, Science for Enology, Montpellier, France)
Guests were entertained on the night with a spirited debate on natural winemaking. Brian Walsh chaired the debate that contested the proposition that Natural wine is naturally better. Speakers for the proposition were Max Allen, Toby Bekkers and Sue Bell with the opposition led by Prof Vladimir Jiranek who was joined by Ben Riggs and Paul Le Lacheur. The debate was light hearted in approach but was also thoughtful and enlightening.