During the dinner the winners of the four ASVO awards for excellence will be announced; the ASVO Winemaker and ASVO Viticulturist of the year and the best Oenology and Best Viticulture papers from the Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research.
The ‘Winemaker of the year’ award is again sponsored by Lallemand Australia and will recognise a winemaker who has demonstrated technical mastery over any aspect of winemaking. The ‘Viticulturist of the year’ award is again sponsored by Bayer Crop Sciences, and will honour an outstanding viticulturist involved in the development of a novel and significant viticultural innovation or introduction of a novel viticultural practice over the previous five years. The ‘Paper of the year’ awards are open to all research papers published in the Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research. These awards are once again sponsored by the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation. They will be judged by an industry based panel which will be tasked with selecting the viticultural or oenology paper where the research presented was judged to have the most significant potential impact on the industry.
This prestigious event includes a pre-dinner debate on the polarizing topic of ‘natural’ wine which is guaranteed to be a source of conversation over dinner. The debate is titled ‘Natural wine is naturally better’ and is sponsored by winemaking equipment supplier Australian & New Zealand Winemakers. The debate is guaranteed to excite a lot of passion from the speakers and the audience; most importantly it will be a lot of fun.
The program for the evening on Thursday 24th of October kicks off with the debate at 5:30pm and is followed by a lively awards dinner at 7:30 featuring premium wines, and fabulous food at the award winning National Wine Centre.