WATER Wheel Vineyards has taken out the top gong at the Daylesford Wine Show.
The Bridgewater winemaker won the best wine award for its 2012 Baringhup Shiraz, which will be released soon.
Owner Peter Cumming said he was pleased with the win.
“We’re based in Bridgewater and we’ve been here for 30 years or more,” he said.
“Five or 10 years ago we put a vineyard in at Baringhup.
“You always hope things are going to work out, and in this case they have.”
The show is only open to wines around the region, which includes Bendigo, Ballarat, Macedon and Heathcote.
“With all wines, it’s a question of balance,” Mr Cumming said of the prizewinning drop.
“There are wines that might have an outstanding feature.
“But unless that’s balanced by other factors, the wine might only be good but not excellent.”
Mr Cumming said Baringhup was slightly cooler than Bridgewater, which created a different type of wine.
“We’ve bottled some and altogether there will be about 500 cases,” he said.
“That’s about 5000 litres that will be released.
“We’re one of the biggest wine producers in the region and it’s a good amount, but we’ll have more next year.”
The awards were split into 12 categories, and winners included Midhill Vineyard, Granite Hills, Curly Flat, and Mount Alexander.
Bendigo Wine Growers Association president Bill Blamires said Bendigo was not a big wine-producing region, but still created strong results.
“We always seem to bat above our weight in terms of our results at the Daylesford Wine Show,” he said.
“The Bendigo region has done really well at that show and we’ve done well at other shows.”
Mr Blamires, who also owns Mount Alexander Winery, said Water Wheel was well-respected.
“They’ve had some tough years but they’ve been making quality wine for a long time,” he said.
“The wine they won the prize for was an absolute delight.”