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2020 Vineyard of the Year Awards finalist Nigel Blieschke


Vineyard of the Year Awards feature 50 finalists 


Like you, we’re energised by what happens among the vines. It’s why we take great pride in helping solve the challenges you face through expert advice and the delivery of new innovations. This year Syngenta has partnered with Young Gun of Wine in the delivery of the inaugural Vineyard of the Year Awards. 

To be even named a finalist among such esteemed company is an achievement. We asked Nigel Blieschke of Torbreck Hillside in the Barossa Valley what it was like being among the finalists and part of such a dynamic industry. 

The top 50 finalists have been selected based on the pursuit of fruit and wine quality, vine health, innovation, and sustainability – encompassing environmental, social and economic sustainability.

With over 6,000 grape growers, picking the top vineyards in Australia is no easy task. Inundated with entries, the judges narrowed the field to the 50 that best exemplified the values and criteria of these awards.

“By focusing on the vineyards, on the places where wine comes from, and on the practices of sustainable grape growing, these awards can help recalibrate how we think about wine, shifting our perception of it from a liquid commodity in a glass to a cultural product of the country it’s from,” Awards panelist Max Allen.

“It’s so heartening, in a year when our lives have been mired in challenges, setbacks and uncertainty, to celebrate the resilience and long-term thinking and optimism demonstrated by this group of winegrowers."

Young Gun of Wines has profiled each of the 50 finalists.