Wine Industry Newsletter

JS Gladstones Trophy to Swan Valley fortified

An outstanding fortified wine true to the character of the Swan Valley region has earned Houghton Wines the coveted wine award, the JS Gladstones Trophy, at the Wine Show of WA.

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Photo: Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan presents Rhys Thomas, WA Regional Viticulturist of Houghton Wines with the 2018 JS Gladstones Trophy. Photo courtesy of Jeff Atkinson

The Wine Show of WA judges exclusively Western Australian wines and was held in October at West Cape Howe Winery in Mount Barker.

Department Research, Development and Innovation managing director Mark Sweetingham said the JS Gladstones Trophy recognised the wine that shows the best and most distinctive regional character.

“The trophy, sponsored by the department, honours the contribution of Dr John Gladstones and his scientific work in identifying and helping to establish the fine wine regions of the State’s South West,” Dr Sweetingham said.

“The award also promotes excellence in viticulture and wine making.

“The winning wine was Houghton NV Cellar Reserve Rare Liqueur, which has a concentrated sweet style with Christmas cake and raisin notes, and a long and supple finish that lingers.”

The judges considered the Rare Liqueur from Houghton Wines the perfect example of the vintages the Swan Valley is known for.

Dr Sweetingham said Western Australia had built a diverse and innovative wine industry that was recognised Australia-wide and internationally.

Exports have grown steadily, with WA exporting $50 million of bottled wine to more than 60 countries last year.

“There is strong opportunity for industry to build on its fine reputation for quality and innovation and capitalise on new production and international market opportunities,” Dr Sweetingham said.

“I congratulate Houghton Wines in the Swan Valley on recognition of their fortified wine.”