Australian wine producer McGuigan Wines has been named the ‘world’s best winemaker’ for the second time in three years by the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition in London.
Having already received the award in 2009, McGuigan Wines was named International Winemaker of the Year as well as Australian Producer of the Year at the awards.
McGuigan Wines chief winemaker Neil McGuigan said he was very proud of the achievement.
"To have won International Winemaker of the Year once is phenomenal, but to be recognised by our industry peers as International Winemaker of the Year twice in just three years is mind blowing," he said.
"It’s a truly once in a lifetime event."
Central to the success was the highly decorated McGuigan Bin 9000 Semillon, with the 2006 vintage taking Gold and ‘Best in Class’ as well as being awarded the highly coveted International Semillon Trophy — an award more commonly known as the ‘World’s Best Semillon.’ The 1997, 2003, 2004 and 2005 vintages of the Bin 9000 Semillon also won Gold and ‘Best in Class’ awards.
Across the competition McGuigan Wines won 34 medals from a total of 37 entries — a success rate of 91.9 per cent.
In addition to the International Semillon Trophy the winery received 5 Gold, 21 Silver and 8 bronze medals including 11 ‘Best in Class’ awards.
McGuigan said the company had won the same number of Gold ‘Best in Class’ awards as the "entire German industry, and the entire Chilean industry; and more than the sum total of Portuguese table wines".
"It's an amazing achievement for a single producer. A great result for McGuigan Wines and the Australian industry in general.”
The accolades top of a strong year for McGuigan Wines - its grown by 22 per cent in volume and 11 per cent in value in the 12 months to September 2011.