919 Wines has just been awarded the Winestate Organic Wine of the Year 2022 for its 2018 Reserve Touriga Nacional. This is an international award run by one of the most prestigious Asia-Pacific wine publications, run for certified organic and biodynamic wines.
“It was a great thrill to receive the positive feedback and recognition for the quality of our organic styles, and the ability this region has to produce high class wines,” said winemaker Eric Semmler. “The Riverland is particularly suited to organic and biodynamic wine production as it has a dry warm dry climate which allows the vines to thrive with little disease pressure. We have chosen to concentrate on varieties that love these conditions and which can produce classy wines with great flavour and texture.”
919 Wines runs two certified organic vineyards, in Glossop and Loxton, and makes the wines using certified organic production techniques at their Glossop winery. They grow grape varieties originating from Italy, Spain, Portugal and the south of France. Touriga Nacional is a Portuguese variety which makes a rich red wine and is grown on the Glossop vineyard, just meters from the winery.
Winestate Magazine comment: “… we were very pleased to see a very fine selection of these organic and biodynamic wines which seem to be growing from strength to strength. These have definitely gone from the curious to the serious and demand your attention.”
This award is the latest triumph for this family owned winery, who were also awarded the Winestate Fortified Wine of the Year last December, and who won the Winestate Organic Wine of the Year in 2019.