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2 November 2009

Wine Enthusiast names Yalumba New World Winery of the Year

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Wine Enthusiast Magazine has honored Yalumba, Australia’s oldest family owned winery, with the ‘New World Winery of the Year’ award as part of the magazine's Wine Star Awards 2009

Established in 1849, Yalumba has remained independent and progressive through six generations of ownership by the Hill Smith family and, since 1985, under the guidance of fifth generation Robert Hill Smith. Robert’s style for leading Yalumba is based on long term sustainability, regional integrity, and the careful expression of the Yalumba ‘house style’. “I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved throughout our 160 years of winemaking – so far, for we are still young. Yalumba seeks not only to leave a legacy of great wine, but to also pass on our natural resources to future generations in better condition than when we inherited them.”  Robert Hill Smith, Proprietor

Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s Wine Star Awards annually recognizes excellence across all areas of the international wine and spirits industry. There were 50 nominees, five in each of ten of the award categories; winners were selected for their outstanding contribution to the world of wine and spirits. “Yalumba has become one of the countries most progressive and successful wine producers”, noted the Wine Enthusiast, “For their forward-thinking, innovative leadership in the Australian wine industry and their unflagging commitment to quality and family ownership, Yalumba is Wine Enthusiast’s New World Winery of the Year.”

2009 marks the 10th anniversary of the Wine Star Awards, and the 160th anniversary of Yalumba.
Robert Hill Smith will accept the award, along with all Wine Star Award honorees, at a gala, black-tie awards ceremony at the New York Public Library in New York on Monday, January 25, 2010.

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