Glenmaggie Wines enjoyed another great year at the Tinamba Food and Wine Festival in April – a stunning autumn day, great entertainment and of course excellent food and wine.
Fabulous support for the event saw more than 2000 patrons from throughout the region gather in the village to enjoy the festivities, and Tony Dawkins of Glenmaggie Wines and Chairman of Wines of Eastern Gippsland (WEG), which runs the Festival, said he and all WEG members were thrilled with the outcomes of the day.
“It was fantastic, with great food and wine. The crowd was buzzing all day – I just kept seeing happy faces,” Mr Dawkins said.
The event’s success has resulted in a $4064 donation to Tinamba’s community service groups. Members of the Tinamba CFA, Tinamba Tennis Club and Tinamba Hall Committee all assisted the event organisers, Wines of Eastern Gippsland (WEG) with the running of the day, and the high level of support for the event from all residents is key to its success.
“Our donation of $2 per ticket to Tinamba’s community service organisations, along with the cake and barbecue stalls that they run on the day, made more than $6000 for the community.
“This is a great result for a small, committed group of volunteers. We are delighted to be able to make such a generous donation and are very grateful for the assistance these groups provide in helping us set up, pack up, and run the day,” he said.
“These sorts of events do not happen without great community support and that is exactly what we have in Tinamba, so thank you to everyone from the community,” he added.
The golden age has dawned for neighbouring wineries Glenmaggie Wines and Blue Gables Vineyard, after they brought home prestigious gold medals from the recent Gippsland Wine Show.
Ninety-five points were awarded to both Glenmaggie’s 2015 Bazz Shiraz and Blue Gables’ 2016 Pinot Gris, which along with their Gold Medals also claimed the titles Best Shiraz/Syrah and Best Alternate White, respectively.
In fact, both wineries came home with three medals each: Glenmaggie were also awarded Bronze for their 2016 Nicky’s Sauvignon Blanc with 87 points and Bronze for their 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon with 88 points; Blue Gables were also awarded Silver for their 2015 Chardonnay, with 91 points and Bronze for their 2016 Sauvignon Blanc with 87 points.
“It’s a real feather in the cap – not just for our individual wineries, but for the local wine industry,” co-owner and winemaker of Glenmaggie Wines, Tony Dawkins, said.
“To have two gold medal winners, located within a few kilometres of each other … well it’s fantastic for each of us but it also says ‘this is great wine country’.
“How fantastic for wine lovers to be able to visit two cellar doors within kilometres of each other, in a beautiful part of the country, and be able to taste and purchase gold, silver and bronze medal wines.”
A total of 133 wines from 25 producers across Gippsland were judged by PJ Charteris of Charteris Wines (Central Otago, New Zealand), Steve Flamsteed of Giant Steps winery (Yarra Valley) and Gabrielle Ploy of the City Wine Shop (Melbourne). The Gippsland Wine Show was held at the RACV Inverloch Resort and was attended by winemakers, sponsors, retailers and restaurateurs from throughout the region.
You can order Glenmaggie’s award winning wines here.