Wednesday 19th October AGM and forum at Struan House


Notice is hereby given the 2016 Annual General Meeting of the Limestone Coast Grape & Wine Council Incorporated will be held at Struan House on Wednesday 19 October at 1.30pm.

The AGM will be preceded by an information day forum/seminar starting at 9.30am.  Open to all & includes lunch.

Agenda and Program soon.


Entry deadline extended for new-look Limestone Coast Wine Show



18th AUGUST 2016

The Limestone Coast Wine Show trophy dinner will be a coastal extravaganza showcasing the region’s prestige food and wine. Tickets are now selling online at for the October 27 feast being held on the Robe foreshore overlooking Guichen Bay – and they’re expected to sell fast! The theme for the 16th annual event is VINE | STONE | COAST – a rhyming nod to the Limestone Coast, which is home to the seven different wine regions involved in the judging process.

“Our theme is representative of the vines, but also the unique terroir in our pocket of the world, with the maritime influence shaping both our wine styles and our menu for the evening,” explains Peta Baverstock from the show’s dinner sub-committee.

An exciting selection of past trophy and medal winners – including a stunning 12-year-old Black Wattle Cabernet featuring fruit from Robe and Mount Benson – will be uncorked during dinner for the ultimate food-wine pairing. “The seafood-themed menu has been developed by award-winning Sails chef Adam Brooks, and we’re also aiming for lots of visual impact; an earthy yet contemporary feel, with a clear-sided marquee overlooking the ocean complete with vine chandeliers, locally carved limestone bowls, and festoon lighting,” Peta says.

Arthur Hoffman trophy winner, Pete Balnaves, who was the viticulturist behind last year’s ‘Best Wine of Show’ (Pepper Tree Wines’ 2013 Pepper Tree ‘Block 21A’ Single Vineyard Wrattonbully Cabernet Sauvignon) will discuss his pending trip to Bordeaux at the dinner. Pete will attend the Vinitech-Sifel trade expo in late November as part of his 2015 Wine Show prize, and says he is looking forward to investigating the latest vineyard machinery and technology from around the world.

“I principally want to look at where technology is taking us in terms of robotics and in-field vineyard sensing so that we can get non-destructive maturity data much more efficiently,” he explains. “We have done a lot of research with our existing fruit blocks trying to establish the particular combinations of soil, water, pruning and cloning that are working well, and investigating how we can bring any secondary blocks up to that standard so as to increase quality across the board, so it will be great to see what’s out there to further enhance this progress.”

Producers of Limestone Coast wines have an additional week to get their online entries submitted for this year’s show, with the deadline extended to 26th August, 2016. Wine Show Committee member, Sarah Pidgeon, says recent quality vintages and the introduction of a Wine of Provenance Trophy has sparked strong interest in the five-day event which gets underway on 24th October.

“We’ve had many queries about the new trophy, which provides a platform for exhibitors to enter three vintages of the same wine and have them formally judged for consistency, excellence of style, and pedigree,” she says. “We also want to encourage people to consider entering the Small Batch Class, which is the only award open to an unfinished wine; it is open to a lot of experimentation – and it may just unearth the region’s next big thing.”

IMPORTANT DATES: Entries close Fri 26th August (deadline extended)

Judging 24-27th October at the Coonawarra Hall

Trophy dinner 27th October on Robe Foreshore

Exhibitors & Public Tasting Friday 28th October at Coonawarra Hall 9am-1pm

Further info: Sarah Pidgeon, LCWS Committee, on Mob. 0412 825 149 

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Entries open for new-look Limestone Coast Wine Show



1st AUGUST 2016

Entries open for new-look Limestone Coast Wine Show

A brand new trophy and additional awards and medals will be up for grabs at South Australia’s Limestone Coast Wine Show, with entries now open for the 16th annual event. The introduction of a Wine of Provenance Trophy is among the significant changes in store for the October show, providing a platform for exhibitors to enter three vintages of the same wine. Wine Show Committee member, Sarah Pidgeon, says the new Provenance Trophy will enable local wine regions to showcase their most famed characteristic. “This area is known for the remarkable ageability of our wines, which makes them both unique and world class, and they can now be formally judged for consistency, excellence of style, and pedigree,” she explains.

The introduction of the Provenance Trophy was recommended by the show’s Chief of Judges, respected Australian wine journalist, Jane Faulkner. “A Provenance class is more than a snapshot; it’s almost a historical take on a region, and I’m really excited about this trophy because if there is one region that will be able to showcase provenance, it’s certainly the Limestone Coast,” Jane explains. “Winemakers will tell you that the ageability of a wine is the holy grail, so to be able to look at wines from when they are young to middle-aged and older and to judge them alongside one another is very exciting, and we’re not just looking forward to seeing the cabernet sauvignon and shiraz but also other varieties like chardonnay and riesling.”

Jane Faulkner will also be handing out a new ‘Chief of Judges Wine to Watch’ Award at this year’s event, and has been working closely with the Committee to review and improve the class structure of the show by grouping wine varieties and styles across vintages. “By tweaking the class structures, we hope to make it fairer for both the exhibitors and the judges as there are a lot of wines to see,” Jane explains.

“We’re also anticipating that the revamped class structure will encourage entries into different categories this year, so we’re really advising exhibitors from each of the seven regions from within the Limestone Coast Wine Zone to visit our website and review the new-look catalogue,” Sarah Pidgeon adds.

There are now 13 trophies and three awards on offer at this year’s show, with leading New Zealand wine educator and writer, Jane Skilton MW, confirmed as this year’s guest International Judge.

“Jane is a regular senior judge at the Royal Easter Wine Show, the NZ International Wine Show, Spiegelau International Wine Competition and the Hawkes Bay Wine Awards, and she has also judged in London, Tokyo, Brisbane, Rutherglen and Shanghai, so we are thrilled to have her on board,” Sarah says.

Last year’s wine show produced a record haul of 61 gold medals, 72 silver and 147 bronze medals, and judging for the 2016 event will again take place at the Coonawarra Hall (October 24-27). Producers have until Friday 19th August to nominate their top drops, and the Robe and Mount Benson wine regions will host the trophy presentation dinner on the Robe foreshore on the 27th October, 2016.


Entries open Monday 1st August

Entries close Fri 19th August

Judging 24-27th October at the Coonawarra Hall

Trophy dinner 27th October on Robe Foreshore

Exhibitors & Public Tasting Friday 28th October at Coonawarra Hall 9am-1:30pm

For images from the 2015 event (by photographer Marcus Jones) please click here. For further information, please contact Sarah Pidgeon, LCWS Committee, on Mob. 0412 825 149 or visit



IMAG0853IMAG085419th July, 2016


One of the largest water surveys to be undertaken in the Limestone Coast is now underway. The Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council (LCGWC) have secured grants through the South East Natural Resource Board’s ‘Partnerships Funding Program’ and Wine Australia’s Regional Program to conduct an extensive online survey and follow-up workshops on groundwater use and quality. The LCGWC is calling on the region’s 1500+ irrigators (of which 222 are vineyards) to add some depth to existing knowledge about groundwater quality by completing the confidential questionnaire by the end of July, with the feedback set to contribute towards the development of best management practices for optimum bore health.

Coonawarra viticulturist Dr Cath Kidman and LSCGWC Technical Sub-Committee chair, Dr Kerry DeGaris, are leading the survey team looking to help secure the future sustainability of the resource.

“We know bore health is changing and that it can impact upon irrigation infrastructure and bore life,” Dr Kidman explains. “We want to know if people have noticed changes in the water from their bores, whether they are spending more on bore maintenance than in the past, and whether they have had to change irrigation practices because of a loss inefficiency.”

The survey is not exclusive to the wine industry, with all licensed irrigators in the Limestone Coast encouraged to participate and be in the draw to win an iPad.

“We want to hear from all regional irrigators from intensive horticulture to irrigated pastures, so that we can gain a better understanding of the problems they are facing with Iron and Sulphate bacteria, calcium deposits, salinity and the impacts of these on infrastructure, and the costs and methods that are being employed to remediate these issues,” Dr Kidman says.

Project facilitator, Dr Kerry DeGaris, says the results of this survey will allow the LCGWC to better target research and extension on the management of these problems through a series of workshops and publications later in the year.

“The feedback and subsequent workshops will address the key issues identified in the survey, and provide benefits to landholders in terms of bottom line and hopefully longevity of their systems and infrastructure,” she says.

The survey closes on 31st July and is available at:

For further information or interviews, please contact Dr Kerry DeGaris on 0417 408 796.

Eutypa BPMG Launched (June 2016)


The Eutypa Best Practice Manual Guide was launched at Coonawarra Hall on 16 June 2016.  The guide will be updated and revised as new research and practice is verified.

pdf download available here

Limestone Coast Irrigators asked to complete survey in June-July 2016

Board Partnerships Help Support Irrigation Extension in South East

Through the South East Natural Resource Board’s “Partnerships Funding Program”, the Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council have secured funding to conduct an extensive survey and workshops on problems facing irrigators through groundwater quality and movement towards best management practices to overcome these issues.

During the months of June & July the Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council will be conducting a survey of regional Irrigators from intensive horticulture to irrigated pastures to gain a better understanding for regional irrigators of the problems they are facing with Iron and Sulphate bacteria, calcium deposits, salinity and the impacts of these on infrastructure and the costs and methods that are being employed to remediate these issues. The results of this survey will allow the association to better target research and extension on the management of these problems to the irrigators through a series of workshops and publications later in the year. For more details on this visit the LCGWC website or contact Ulrich Grey-Smith

complete survey

AWRI Seminar in Coonawarra 31May


Book in now and don’t miss out!

Coonawarra seminar program & bookings

Brought to you by AWRI, Wine Australia & Limestone Coast Grape & Wine Council

Berry sensory Workshop Jan28


25 people will attend the berry sensory berry sorting workshop at the Caledonian Inn tomorrow.

Summer’s ‘Hot 62’ wines from #LCWS15


3rd December 2015

MEDIA RELEASE: Summer’s ‘Hot 62’ wines uncorked!

The Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council (LCGWC) is embracing the arrival of summer by releasing a comprehensive list of ‘Hot 62’ wines to try this festive season. The Limestone Coast Hot 62 is a toast to one of the region’s most successful years on record, saluting gold medal-winning wines from the history-making Limestone Coast Wine Show held in late October.

A record medal haul was achieved during the 2015 event, with a total of 62 gold medals well and truly eclipsing the previous record of 43 set in 2014. “Sixty-five per cent of wines entered won a medal, with a further 72 silver and 147 bronze medals also awarded,” explains the wine show committee’s Sarah Pidgeon. “These are the wines that our judges loved, and many of them are also achieving great results on a national scale, so whether you’re familiar with the regions or looking to sample some proven performers, this list offers a learned introduction to some exceptional local wines and growers.”

The Hot 62 are ‘the best of the best’ from the 439 entries and represent all six regions within the Limestone Coast Zone including Coonawarra, Padthaway, Wrattonbully, Robe, Mount Benson and Mount Gambier. Prices range from $12-$188 a bottle, with a majority of wines selling for under $30.

“The variety of entries from across the Limestone Coast sub-regions is a really important indicator of the quality of wines from here, so whether you’re planning your Christmas menu, purchasing gifts or stocking up the cellar for your own festivities, this list will serve as the ultimate guide,” Sarah says.

The ‘Fresh Whites’ section features trophy debutante Raidis Estate, whose 2015 ‘The Kid’ Riesling wowed judge Stuart Watson courtesy of its “clean and crisp” aromatics. Balnaves of Coonawarra also comfortably made the grade after the 2013 Balnaves Coonawarra Chardonnay claimed two trophies, while the 2014 Digiorgio Family Wines Kongorong Riesling which trumped the 2014 show has remained a strong gold medal performer in 2015. For ‘Something Different’, the 2013 Wangolina Tempranillo is well worth a try. The Spanish-style wine was made in Mount Benson from grapes grown in Bordertown, and offers beautiful savoury characters with succulence and vibrancy. Wine show judge and sommelier Patrick White is among its many fans:

“It’s a variety which is only just starting to get some traction in the Australian market and when you have well made, balanced and delicious examples it makes your job as a sommelier a lot easier in terms of recommending to the customers,” he said.

The Padthaway region gets regular mentions in the ‘Aromatic Shiraz’ category, with Henry’s Drive and Orlando Lawsons worth looking out for, while 2015 wine show darling Wrattonbully shares the spotlight with Coonawarra when it comes to ‘Landmark Cabernets’, with Peppertree and Stonefields making their presence felt among Coonawarra stalwarts like Brands Laira, Bowen Estate, Majella and Wynns Coonawarra Estate.

Festive hosts looking for something special to team with their Christmas roasts will get plenty of inspiration from the list’s ‘Aged to Perfection’ category – for as little as $28, you can enjoy a gold medal-winning 2008 Brands Laira Coonawarra Blockers Cabernet Sauvignon, or for $36, a 2010 Redman Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot. The trophy-winning 2006 Casella 1919 Cabernet Sauvignon will set you back a mere $50, proven performer 2000 Zema Estate Family Selection Cabernet Sauvignon remains a steal at $70, while you also can’t go wrong with Bellwether Coonawarra cabernet, with the 2006, 2009 and 2010 vintages all winning gold at this year’s wine show.

Full list here. For further information, contact Sarah Pidgeon on 0412 825 149 or visit

Wrattonbully dominates 2015 Limestone Coast Wine Show


Wrattonbully wines have scooped the pool at the Limestone Coast Wine Show, winning six out of 13 trophies awarded at this week’s 15th annual event. Pepper Tree Wines’ 2013 Pepper Tree ‘Block 21A’ Single Vineyard Wrattonbully Cabernet Sauvignon won the David Wynn Trophy for ‘Best Red Wine of Show’, the HR (Ron) Haselgrove O.B.E. Trophy for ‘Best Cabernet Sauvignon of Show’ and the ‘Best Individual Vineyard Wine’ Trophy at tonight’s (Thursday) Trophy presentation feast held at The Barn, Mount Gambier. The wine went on to claim the Bill Redman Trophy for ‘Best Wine of Show’, with Chair of Judges, Jane Faulkner, describing it as “incredibly approachable”.

“It has absolutely beautiful fruit and the tannins are really silky and supple with a persistent long finish – it’s just a really exquisite wine,” she said. “Single vineyards have to be distinctive and special in order to really make people notice and the fact that this wine has won Best Wine of Show is a testament to the producer and the viticulturist. It’s a gorgeous wine.”

Balnaves of Coonawarra manages Pepper Tree Wines’ Limestone Coast vineyards, and the accolades earned viticulturist Pete Balnaves the highly coveted Arthur Hoffman Trophy for ‘Viticulturist of Best Wine of Show’. The Balnaves family’s own winning streak continued with the Balnaves 2013 Chardonnay claiming back-to-back ‘Best Chardonnay’ trophies. The wine was also awarded the Colin Kidd Trophy for ‘Best White Wine of Show’.

Meanwhile, the 2014 Pepper Tree Limited Release Wrattonbully Tempranillo impressed guest judge Lim Hwee Peng from Singapore, who gave it the International Judges’ Award. “It was a very pretty wine which doesn’t just have concentration of fruit; there is a real vibrancy with long lengthy flavour that isn’t overpowering, and I think this wine would appeal to the real connoisseur who understands and truly appreciates wine,” he said.

“It was Wrattonbully’s year, and credit to Pepper Tree for what they’re doing because their wines are just on song at the moment,” Jane Faulkner added.

The family-owned Wangolina Winery at Mount Benson secured a double trophy haul, with the 2013 Wangolina Tempranillo winning the ‘Best Other Single Red Variety’ Trophy, while the 2013 Wangolina Spectrum Syrah collected the wine show’s first ever Small Batch Trophy, building on last year’s wine show commendation for the 2012 vintage.

The Karl Seppelt Trophy for ‘Best White Wine (excluding Chardonnay)’ was awarded to Coonawarra’s Raidis Estate for its 2015 Raidis Estate ‘The Kid’ Riesling. Lindemans 2013 Coonawarra Limestone Shiraz Cabernet won the ‘Best Blended Red’ trophy, and Jack Estate’s 2013 Jack Estate Shiraz was named the ‘Best Shiraz’. The Ewen Fergusson McBain Trophy for ‘Best Museum Wine’ went to the highly decorated 2006 Casella 1919 Cabernet Sauvignon produced from grapes grown in Wrattonbully and Coonawarra. No trophy was awarded for ‘Best Sparkling or Sweet Wine’.

The 2015 wine show saw a record medal haul, with a total of 61 gold medals eclipsing the previous record of 43 set in 2014. A further 72 silver and 172 bronze medals were also awarded, with Brands Laira named the Most Successful Exhibitor at the event.

“Sixty-five per cent of all wines that were entered won a medal, and there’s a really lovely spread across the regions, which is a really important indicator of the quality of wines that are coming out of the Limestone Coast,” said Jane Faulkner.

Entries in this year’s show will be uncorked and available for tasting at the Coonawarra Hall tomorrow morning (Friday October 30), offering members of the public an opportunity to try the wines and compare notes with the expert judging panel. The Exhibitor’s Tasting will be held from 9:30am, and the Public Tasting from 11.30am – 1.30pm ($15 admission including results book).

Interviews with the winners and judges will be uploaded onto and the Limestone Coast Wine Show Facebook page late Friday, 30th October.

Editors: For additional comments please phone Jane Faulkner on 0409 232 996 or Sarah Pidgeon from the Limestone coast Wine Show Committee on 0412 825 149.

The full list of trophy winners is attached. Images of trophy winners and social photos supplied by Marcus Jones are available by contacting publicity assistant Gretel Sneath– 0417382035 /