What a week for the Margan family from Margan Wines and Restaurant in the Hunter Valley.
First Lisa Margan graduated from the WSET Diploma in Wine and Spirits course.
Then her husband, Andrew Margan, was named Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year at the Hunter Legends Awards.
He was previously named 2015 Viticulturalist of the Year and has consistently produced outstanding wines year after year with Margan recognised as a 5-Star winery by James Halliday every year since 2009.
Since planting their own small vineyard in 1991 with a focus on environmental sustainability, Margan is now a business that operates a successful winery, cellar door, restaurant and events business in the Broke-Fordwich sub region.
“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,” Margan said.
“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.”
Margan, well-known for harvesting young talent, also saw winemaker Nicole Wilson named Riedel 2021 Hunter Valley Rising Star of the Year.
The Rising Star award 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.
Margan Wines & Restaurant will host several events during the upcoming Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival, including Barrel Hal Masterclasses on June 12 and 13, a Mini Growers Family Fun Day on June 29 and 30 and the Original 100 Metre Meal every Friday to Sunday.
Also check out the Grape & Graze program every Monday to Thursday and Art of Aperitivo evenings on Friday and Sunday evenings.
I was lucky enough to lunch at Margan a couple of weeks ago and can report it remains one of the Hunter’s premier wining and dining experiences with excellent food – much of it sourced from the family’s own vegetable garden – and service.
There is also the chance to try favourites like semillon, shiraz and chardonnay alongside some different varietals from albarino to barbera and mourvedre, and even a delicious riesling that Andrew Margan made in Germany.