THE Perth Hills Wine Show is set for a bumper year, with a new crop of expert judges putting a record number of Hills region wines to the test.
On September 12, over 60 wines from 12 wineries will be put to the test in a gala event at Vault Restaurant in Kalamunda, as part of the Perth Hills Vignerons Association’s efforts to put Hills wines on the map.
The Hills wine region stretches from Chittering Valley in the North down to Serpentine in the South and includes the Bickley-Carmel region, one of the closest wine regions to the Perth CBD.
Judging of wines will take place throughout the day culminating in an Awards Presentation and Gala Dinner in the evening.
Guests will include Matthew Hughes MLA, Alyssa Hayden MLA, Donna Faragher MLC, Jessica Shaw MLA, as well as representatives for Ken Wyatt MP, who are all proud supporters of the event.
Perth Hills Vignerons Association president Dennis Humfrey said there had been a paradigm shift in the wine industry, with the Hills’ Millbrook Winery, under the stewardship of chief wine maker Damian Hutton, taking out four trophies and six gold medals at the Perth Royal Show, including Most Successful Western Australian Exhibitor and Best Western Australian Producer Processing Under 300 Tonnes, a tremendous result for a boutique winery in the Hills.
Mr Humfrey also said this year’s judges – Chief Judge Severine Logan of Watershed Wines, Andries Mostert of Plantagenet Wines, Houghton’s Wines’ Lance Parkin and Association Judge Garret Strange of Villa Maria Wines – had expert knowledge to put the wines to the test.
“We’ve been able to procure some really good judges who have a better understanding of boutique wines and this is really our forte and point of difference to some of the bigger producers and we need to promote that,” he said.
“We really wanted to step up and impress upon not only the producers in the area but also the public that we have got really good quality wines in this region, and the recent success of Millbrook Winery really emphasizes that.
“Swan Valley and Margaret River have traditionally won awards like that so I think that proves there is a shift, and in the last couple of years Hills wines are really coming into their own.”