When it comes to innovation there are many Hunter Valley businesses that come to mind, but one in particular stole the show at the 2021 Hunter Valley Legends & Wine Industry Awards gala dinner held last Thursday evening at Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort in front of more than 300 guests.
Sharing the love around the rest of the region, it was also a night to remember for the team at Margan Wines & Restaurant reigning from Broke Fordwich when Andrew Margan was named First Creek Winemaking Services 2021 Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year.
No stranger to achievements such as this Andrew Margan who was previously named 2015 Viticulturalist of the Year has consistently produced outstanding wines year after year, and has been recognised as 5 Star winery by James Halliday every single year since 2009.
Planting their own small vineyard in 1991, Margan with a focus on environmental sustainability is now a business that operates a successful winery, cellar door, restaurant and events business in the Broke-Fordwich sub region of the Hunter Valley.
“What I like to think I bring to the table in this ultra-competitive wine world is the important connection between growing our own grapes and making our own wine. Over more than 40 vintages I have developed my own unique style of winemaking. I make wines of structure, balance, elegance and texture. Wines that speak of their variety and the soil in which they are grown. And importantly, wines with their own sense of place.” says Andrew Margan.
Margan, a well-known haven for harvesting talent joined the rest of the industry in celebrating their winemaker Nicole Wilson, named Riedel 2021 Hunter Valley Rising Star of the Year.
A Rising Star recognises any person associated with the wine or tourism industry as well as young achievers consistently working for the benefit of the Hunter Valley as a destination.
Nicole is a hugely worthy recipient of this accolade with her commitment to becoming the finest winemaker she can be while inspiring others to strive to do the same.