Tahbilk, established in 1860 and Victoria's oldest family owned winery, was last night announced as the 2016 Winery of the Year at the James Halliday Wine Companion Awards ceremony in Melbourne.
Held at the iconic Melbourne Museum in the presence of the sporting greats John Eales and Mark Scaife, Former Premier of Victoria Jeff Kennett, his wife Felicity, and guests from a broad cross section of Australia's wine industry, James Halliday presented the award to Alister Purbrick, fourth generation CEO and winemaker of Tahbilk. Alister attended the awards with his artist wife, Rosa.
The awards are traditionally held the night before the launch of the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion, Australia's foremost wine 'bible'. First awarded in 2007, the award is the ultimate recognition of a life in wine.
Following presentation of the award, Alister said, “When my great-grandfather Reginald Purbrick purchased the Tahbilk property in 1925, he would not have been able to dream of receiving an accolade that means so much to our family and the broader industry as a whole. To be able to continue his original vision for Tahbilk, and accept such an esteemed award from our own living wine legend, James Halliday, is a great honour. I feel incredibly proud of all that the Purbrick family has achieved at Tahbilk over the generations and this award recognises our unswerving commitment to traditional winemaking whilst using innovative and sustainable viticultural practices. This is definitely one for the team at Tahbilk and I thank everyone who has made a contribution over our 155 years of existence.”
Head to www.tahbilk.com.au for more information about the Purbrick family, Tahbilk's rich history, their range of wines, restored wetlands, location in the Nagambie Lakes region and sustainability project, 'carboNZero'.