MADE up of a cross-section of the world’s premier wine fraternity, the 47 Masters of Wine recently visited the region during their Australian tour, which included three states and 11 wine regions, immersing themselves in some of the best wines that Australia has to offer.
The tour included visits to Sydney, Hunter Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley, Goulburn Valley, King Valley, Rutherglen, McLaren Vale, Adelaide, Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley and the Clare Valley with delegates experiencing a comprehensive look at most of Australia’s leading wine producing regions.
The delegates hail from a wide array of locations including UK, USA, New Zealand, Switzerland, France, Germany, Ireland, Canada, Singapore, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Holland and, of course, Australia.
Lead sponsor of the tour, Australia’s First Families of Wine (AFFW), with their long term commitment to wine education, their interest in the health of the industry globally, and a mandate that focusses on supporting premium Australian wine brands to tell the stories, history and provenance behind each of their family owned brands, saw the opportunity to align with the IMW and grasped it.
AFFW Chairman, Robert Hill Smith of Yalumba (1849), Australia’s oldest family owned winery said, “We were approached by the IMW when they started planning their trip to Australia some time back. Of course, we were keen to be involved and came on board as the Lead Sponsor of the visit to help make it happen.
“As a group, we see this as a unique opportunity to showcase our families’ wares in situ, there is nothing more powerful. And we aim to create a whole new set of international influences on the global stage.”