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  • The wine growers and makers devastated by bushfire – and how you can help

    This fire season, of course, comes during a sustained drought, water stress and record-breaking temperatures. Now more than ever, Australian consumers and wine lovers need to rally behind the industry and support our farmers, growers and wine producers. The most important thing is for tourists to return to the regions affected, as soon as it is safe, and to help producers by buying wine directly through their websites, where possible.

  • Spinifex, The Winemaker Factory

    Pete Schell of Spinifex was named the Young Gun of Wine in 2008. Since then, his winery has proven to be fertile ground for numerous new wine labels, and Schell seems to have some sort of Midas Touch, as the alumni reads like a who’s who of cutting edge winemakers and the awards: Abel Gibson…

  • The Sudden-Death Bout: Murdoch Hill & Frederick Stevenson

    While gearing up for the 2020 edition of the Young Gun of Wine Awards, we look back at one of the most controversial moments in the 13-year history of the showcase.Over the journey, there have been events of revelation, drama, upheaval, and massive celebration. Falling into the stand-alone category of ‘bombshell victories’ was the outcome of the Winemakers’ Choice award in 2015.

  • Handmade Wine, Inside and Out

    Wine labels usually don’t factor in wine competitions, where blind-tasting rules mean that wines are judged in a vacuum. YGOW is unique because it is not a blind tasting. The quality of the wines, of course, has primacy for the judges, but other factors are allowed into play, including creativity, leadership, the whole wine package….

  • South Australia – killin’ it in the YGOW Awards. But why?

    South Australia has contributed more Young Gun winners than all the other states combined, and by a margin. There’s no question that South Australia has quality regions aplenty, from the cool of Basket Range in the Adelaide Hills to the more traditional stomping grounds of McLaren Vale and the Barossa, but what exactly is it that makes South Australia such a hotspot for young talent?

  • Five Decades of Best’s Pinot Meunier

    With some of Melbourne’s finest palates in attendance, Best’s winemaker Justin Purser was kind enough to guide us through five decades of their ‘Old Vine’ Pinot Meunier. This was a rare chance to see just how well it ages in ideal conditions.