ASVO announces Viticulturist and Winemaker of the year winners of 2021

The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology last night announced the Awards for Excellence winners for 2021.

2021 ASVO Viticulturist of the year – Ben Harris, Wynns Coonawarra Estate

“The ASVO plays an important role within the Australian wine community, promoting the best R&D, innovation and assisting the extension of research into practice. Many exceptional viticulturists have won this award in the past and it’s an honour to be nominated as a finalist for the ASVO viticulturist of the year “, said Ben.


2021 ASVO Winemaker of the year – Alex Cassegrain, Cassegrain Wines

“I strongly believe that this award is one for everyone involved in particular, to the growers who went through such an ordeal. The idea of leaving grapes on the vine due to something quite unknown wasn’t a solution and that’s where we decided to try anything to see if we could turn a negative into a positive, and in some cases we did. I am so proud to be the recipient of this award and it has given me the confidence to always push the boundaries and to continue to be innovative and a big thankyou to the ASVO committee for everything you do for the industry”, said Alex Cassegrain.

Brooke Howell, President of the ASVO said,

“There was a very high standard of nominees for the Viticulturist and Winemaker of the Year awards who have all demonstrated excellence in their field. It was very pleasing to see Ben and Alex recognised as very worthy winners this year, for their significant contribution and ability to inspire others around them.”