19, April 2022
Shottesbrooke Wines : Awarded the esteemed 15th Royal Agricultural Society of NSW President’s Medal
With almost 40 years under its winemaking belt, 2nd generation McLaren Vale winery, Shottesbrooke Vineyards has been awarded the esteemed 15th Royal Agricultural Society of NSW President’s Medal with its 2020 Single Vineyard ‘Adelaide Hills’ Chardonnay, after picking up the trophy for the Best Single Vineyard Wine at 2021 KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show.
Drawn from Sydney Royal Champions from throughout the year, the President’s Medal, first awarded in 2006, has become Australia’s premier agricultural award. Recognising excellence for not just an individual product’s taste and quality, the judging process also incorporates a producer’s overall integrity, sustainability, and business philosophy.
This highly sought-after award is a welcome acknowledgement of Shottesbrooke’s ongoing success, and is described by Presidents Medal Award Judge, Ed Halmagyi, as being “an award that advances the concept of quality beyond taste, setting new standards in best practice for environmental, social and economical management”.
Shottesbrooke head Winemaker and General Manager, Hamish Maguire, said he was both thrilled and stunned to have been awarded the top prize, as it came from a field of highly respected competitors including Sunshine Meats Gourmet Smallgoods and Tathra Oysters. “We are ecstatic to have taken out the top prize, and especially after the last couple of years.
Shottesbrooke's point of difference is thateverything is located on the one estate to make the guest experience easy, accessible, and fun. Guests are encouraged to explore the diverse estate offerings through unique behind-the-scenes winery tours, walking along our nature and wood lot trails, dining at their award-winning restaurant and staying at the conveniently located estate accommodation. Together, Shottesbrooke Vineyards’ Cellar Door & Winery, The Currant Shed Restaurant and McLaren Vale Getaways invite guests to Drink Dine & Stay. Guests are encouraged to linger longer, go beyond the cellar door, and indulge in the longest of long lunches.”
Mr. Maguire also acknowledged the team effort that was required to win this award. “Being a finalist for the President’s Medal gave us the opportunity to formally reflect on the business model we have built and acknowledge how every staff member across the organisation has contributed to our success and our story. Going on to win this award has been a truly proud moment for me and will inspire us to continue to improve and innovate into the future.”
From the ground up, Shottesbrooke has been built on a tradition of hard work, dedication and passion. Since 1981 the business has grown significantly from its humble beginnings as a boutique, hidden-gem Cellar Door, to today, where it flourishes as a one-stop cluster business offering the very best of quintessential McLaren Vale. Shottesbrooke is home to 60 acres of vineyards, a must-see Cellar Door, high-tech sustainably focused winery, accommodation at McLaren Vale Getaways and renowned restaurant, The Currant Shed. Together, they offer the complete visitor experience and invite guests to Drink, Dine & Stay all at one convenient location. Shottesbrooke Vineyards is a 50-minute drive from Adelaide’s CBD.