Brothers produce a gold medal wine win

HARCOURT Valley Vineyards has been recognised with an international award.

The company, which claims to be the most awarded winemaker in Bendigo, received a gold medal for its 2012 Barbara’s Shiraz at the London International Wine Challenge.

The small business started in 1974 and is run by brothers Kye and Quinn Livingstone.

Kye said sales had already increased following the award.

“It’s good to be recognised for producing some excellent shiraz,” he said.

“Especially considering we were the only Victorian winery to win a gold medal for shiraz.”

More than 2000 wines from 25 countries were entered in the London International Wine Challenge and Australian winemakers took out seven gold medals.

Mr Livingstone said 400 cases of the winning wine had been produced.

“Over half of that has gone already,” he said.

“There have been heaps of orders coming in for it already.

“I posted something to Facebook after the win and a lot of people have seen it and have started to order it.

“There have been a couple of bottle shops that have sold out.”  

Quinn took over as winemaker after his father died in 2004.

He said the plants at the Harmony Way property had matured and were producing good fruit.

“There’s an attention to detail at the vineyard,” he said.

“The better your fruit is out in the vineyard the better you make your wine.

“We just want to make the best wines we can from our fruit.

“You can make as much wine as you like but if it’s not up to standard you won’t be able to sell it.”

The brothers expect this year’s vintage to be strong.

“The growing season is looking okay so far this year,” Kye said.

“You don’t want too much rain and humidity, you want warm growing days and cool nights.”

Harcourt Valley Vineyards produces about 2500 cases of six wine varieties each year. 

The brothers expect to sell out of the winning shiraz in coming months. 

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