Nicole Brasier and Andrew MarganThe reputation of Margan Wines as a leading Hunter Valley winery was further cemented on Thursday night with two exciting wins at the 2021 Hunter Valley Legend Awards. Andrew Margan was awarded Winemaker of the Year and Margan winemaker Nicole Brasier was awarded the Rising Star Award. Margan was also a finalist for the hotly contested Cellar Door of the Year, which they have won on two previous occasions.

The Winemaker of the Year was selected by an expert panel of judges who judge excellence in winemaking as well as outstanding regional contributions. Andrew has also been previously awarded Viticulturist of the year, in 2015 and it is the first time in the history of these awards that the same person has won both the Winemaker and Viticulturalist award. Andrew’s win was a testament to his experience in winemaking and a commitment to sustainable farming practices as the foundation to making outstanding single vineyard wines.

Andrew comments that “in the 25th year of Margan and with 50 vintages under my belt I have finally won the title of Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year. It can take a long time to become an overnight success! I was honoured to be awarded Viticulturist of the Year in 2015 in recognition of the innovative practices we have been implementing in the vineyard and the results of this, ‘the fruits of that labour’ to pardon the pun, have really started to show in recent years with the wines we are making. It is a competitive wine world and every winemaker needs to keep getting better at what they do, and I think we are making better wines than we have in the 25 years history of Margan. The wines I make are true reflections of our unique piece of the Hunter Valley, here in Broke Fordwich.”

Our winemaker, Nicole Brasier was awarded 2021 Rising Star of the Year. She joined Margan in 2017 and has made outstanding contributions to the business as well as the region. She was in Adelaide attending a wine show judging course at the time so missed her trophy presentation but adds that “I am feeling very humbled to be recognised for my achievements over the past four years at Margan. We have a lot of exciting projects on the go in the winery and vineyard, so it is a great time to be here and involved in all these initiatives. The winery and vineyard teamwork with pride and passion to keep innovating and I feel incredibly lucky to work with such an inspiring group of people. Great to see Andrew also taking home the gong for 2021 winemaker of the year, reflecting the exciting times we have within the brand where innovation and quality is at the forefront of our minds.”